This reference section has been listed last for a reason. Commentaries are designed to help the student out after proper study
has been done, and are never to take the place of your own personal time in the Word. They should be used with caution and discretion,
for they are simply the thoughts and biases of ordinary men and women.
However, commentaries can prove to be extremely helpful for the student to gain cultural, grammatical, and historical insights into the
text. It can also be helpful to see other's views that challenge us and cause us to think about our own conclusions. We would do well to
heed the following:
"The community is a check against my personal distortions" (Parker J. Palmer's, To Know As We Are Known: Education
As A Spiritual Journey, p. 18).
"There is always a need to check our interpretations over-against those of others, including our own earlier
interpretations" (From Fowl and Jones' book, Reading in Communion, p. 30).
"Once we acknowledge the plurality of interpretive interests, we need not treat alternative interpretations as failed
attempts to discover the meaning of a text. One of the residual benefits of this is to rehabilitate the history of the exegesis of
Scripture. While we need not always agree with the readings of such interpreters as Origen, Aquinas, Teresa of Avila, or Luther,
discerning and critically reflecting on their interpretive interests can help to clarify and enrich our own readings" (Fowl and Jones,
Reading in Communion, p. 16).
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