"Reading the Bible Is Not a Spectator Sport!"


in which you will be involved


Since this is a ROUNDTABLE, there is no head of the table; all participants have equal status and will be listened to; all interpretations will be equally respected, listed to, analyzed, and discussed..


ROUNDTABLE # 1: FORM Parts A & B Formulating the Teaching of the Text for/by Christian believers today in a Particular Context regarding a given ethical issue and its Preliminary Analysis. Discussing it with others, recognizing the DIFFERENCES with their own formulations of the teaching of the text for/by believers in other contexts. Contextual Frame of the Interpretation.


ROUNDTABLE # 2: FORM Part C Comparing the DIFFERENT Understandings of the given Ethical Issue and the DIFFERENT choices of Textual Evidence emphasized in other interpretations with those emphasized in your own interpretation:

a) Elucidation of their hermeneutical frames: What are the ethical issues which focus these interpretations? What are the understandings of these ethical issues? How do Christian believers make sense of these texts in terms of these ethical issues? How do scholars interpret the same t ethical issues s? How did you?

b) Elucidation of their analytical frames: What is most significant in a biblical text according to each interpretation? What is the specific (textual, historical, literary, sociological, etc.) evidence upon which these interpretations are based? How do Christian believers and scholars ground their interpretations in the text? How did you?


ROUNDTABLE # 3: FORM Part D: Assessing the Reasons for Choosing One Interpretation as the best. Further elucidation of the contextual frame. Why was this interpretation chosen? Is it the best in a given context? Since we have a choice we have an ethical responsibility. Two basic points of references: loving neighbor and loving God. Thus, more specifically, about each interpretation (both the scholars' choices of interpretations and your choice of an interpretation) we ask:

1) (Loving Neighbor): What needs of certain persons does it address or fail to address in a specific context? What problematic effects does it have (or could potentially have) for certain persons or groups? Who benefits? Who is hurt?

2) (Loving God): What is the role of convictions and values in the Christian believers' choices of an interpretation?