Everything influences us. Do you really believe you think the same way a 12th century Mongolian thought? His bow, pony and Ger constituted his entire life. It was the interpretive grid by which he viewed the world. We have one too.
Dr. Scobie speaks with the Wisdom of Solomon, “No interpreter is free of presuppositions; the essential thing is to be aware of what these presuppositions are, to make them public, and to be prepared to review them continuously as one engages with the text” (The Ways of Our God, 47).
Yikes. Let’s be aware and critical of what we bring into the Bible as we read it. It’s not wrong to have biases, but we had better know what our biases are!