This reality is not broached much at the theoblogs I read; instead it is just assumed. But if this was taken seriously I think many discussions surrounding theological truth would be shaped much differently (i.e. different expectations and more basic questions). I am speaking about the reality of authorial intentionality. In our postmodern age ‘reader-response’ interpretive models seem to get the most play — even amongst Christians as they/we approach the task of interpreting Scripture. I think if we truly believe that the “author” holds the key to what they “meant,” then our approach to Scripture will look alot different than it typically does (i.e. we will be serious about actually engaging what the text says — contextually — instead of engaging the text “dogmatically,” per se). Ray Lubeck has a good word on this:

Meaning is established by the author’s intended purpose. The message that he brings is the truth claims being offered — shared — through the text. The reader can only legitmately share in what the author has given by recognizing and receiving the message without distorting it. (Ray Lubeck, “Read The Bible For A Change,” 25)

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