Rowan Williams on Reading Scripture

This from an excellent lecture given in April 2007 in Toronto on ‘The Bible Today: Reading & Hearing

‘…a written text requires re-reading; it is never read for the last time, and it continually generates new events of interpretation.  It is fruitful of renewed communication in a way that the spoken word alone cannot be.  So to identify a written text as sacred is to claim that the continuous possibility of re-reading, the impossibility of reading for a last time, is a continuous openness to the intention of God to communicate.  Just as thet text itself contains re-reading, is almost constituted by re-reading, so that it repeatedly recreates a movement towards conversion … so the eternal possibility of ‘reading again’ stands as a warning against ignoring the active restlessness of the text in summoning the reader to change.’