As a living word, the Bible can and does mean different things to different people. When we hear what the Bible means to someone else, sometimes we might discover a new level of meaning for ourselves as well.
First, read the biblical story, ask yourself what the story means and then consciously identify the character with whom you have identified—either realistically or idealistically. We sometimes find meaning in Bible stories by identifying with one of the characters, even when historically that person might have been very different from us.
This message is an excerpt from the winter Bible study “Multiple meanings: Learning from other interpretations” by Mark Allan Powell in the January/February 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the fifth Sunday of Easter. We remember Catherine of Siena, theologian, who died in 1380.
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