Ordinary Readers of Scripture?
In his article on The Bible and polygamy in Tanzania Revd Mote Magomba discusses the conflict between ‘ordinary readers’ and ‘academic readers’ of the Bible. He explores the idea that Ordinary readers of the Bible are not just recipients of academic interpretation; they are creatively appropriating biblical texts and applying them to their lives. He suggest that a complimentary model of reading scripture would be more enriching to all than a model where one view has dominance over the other.
What would it mean for the church if we all came to acknowledge each other as equal partners in a joint enterprise and work together in reading the Bible?