The basic distinction that I think needs to be addressed—and which I’ve written about amply throughout this site…. thus the rant with no textual evidence—is the difference between reader-oriented interpretive meanings and beliefs about the biblical texts AND author-centered meanings, messages, beliefs, even ideologies of each one of the 70 some authors of this anthology of ancient literature independently. This is a complex issue. As I’ve written elsewhere ( What is the Bible? ), first, the label “Bible” more so “Holy Bible” already prejudices the case by prescribing that the reader read the texts as a “Book.” My point simply is that this is a later reader-oriented subjective interpretive framework imposed upon this collection of ancient texts by readers who lived centuries after these texts were composed, and which often refutes, denies, suppresses, interprets away, etc. the meaning s , message s , belief s , competing ideologies and theologies of this corpus of literature of many authors. This is just one small, but prominent, piece of the issue here. In general, this translates to “reading” the texts to 1) legitimate the readers’—and there are many and diverse—beliefs and/or beliefs about the texts OR 2) reading the texts on the terms of their 70+ authors, in their different historical and literary contexts, which in and of itself spans 1,000 years and 2 hugely different cultures, and attempting to understand them individually and contextually.