Friday, June 5, 2009

"A suggestion to students"

I just started reading Judah Goldin's Song at the Sea, and he gives some advice to student readers of his text regarding his tendencies of biblical quotations:

A suggestion to students. Whenever a biblical verse is quoted, and all the more when only part of the verse is quoted, the biblical text should be consulted, for the context (verses before and after) will prove more revealing than any commentator's paraphrase. (Goldin, Song at the Sea, xii)

I think this is true for ancient and modern commentators and interpreters alike.

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