Our loss of familiarity with Scripture… is … a cause of our preoccupation with biblical method and biblical authority. The less familiar we are with the texts of Scripture in all their diversity and complexity, the easier it is for us to remain at a more generalized level of argument about whether Scripture has authority–or, more accurately, what kind of authority diverse people are willing to ascribe to it.

L. Gregory Jones, “Embodying Scripture in the Community of Faith,” in Ellen F. Davis and Richard B. Hays, eds., The Art of Reading Scripture, 2003.