Often times people say that scripture is the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). What does that mean? What is the Word? How can printed text on paper be alive?
This video is an excerpt from the final presentation I made in the How to Study the Bible class at Grace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. I was (and am) re-reading Truth and Method by Hans-Georg Gadamer. I think this chart demonstrates what Gadamer meant by “play” (see the image below).
This play between the reader, the text, and the event is a continuous loop that reminds me of a Möbius Strip. Where does the loop start and where does it stop? There is not a correct answer to that question. When we take the time to encounter scripture and seriously engage in reflective dialogue with it and around it, then we see that it is the dynamic conversation itself that is the Word of God breathing through all of it.
Read more about how the self is constructed here. This post explains the following chart.