The difference between staring at a page of the Bible and becoming engaged by its content generally comes down to one factor, the Nerd thinks. Great commentary. Since the Nerd is discussing Proverbs 10:1-6 this month, that commentary is Michael Fox’s volume on Proverbs 10-31 in the Anchor-Yale series.
Appreciating the depth of biblical literature requires the experience and insight of those who know the material well enough to speak about patterns, variations, background, and implications. The casual reader won’t be able to get that far. You could try to develop the needed reserve of knowledge on your own, but the Nerd thinks you’ll never do as well without great commentators. Why not?
Any field of knowledge builds over time upon the work of a chain of predecessors. A self-taught “expert” will never catch up to the accumulated insight of a scholar who has read most of what has been written on a subject.
Yes, the Nerd says the Bible is best read with good commentary. It is not a simple collection, this thing we call the Bible. Perhaps these slides the Nerd has prepared will help you see the subtlety of Proverbs 10:1-6.