I read at least one non-Lutheran magazine (actually, I read lots of non-Lutheran magazines, a list of which is fun in its own right. I'll list in a separate post and invite you to list further suggestions). Leadership magazine, an offspring publication of Christianity Today, had this list of hermeneutical commands which I borrow:
I. You shall not make for yourself an idol out of Scripture.
II. You shall honor the Scriptures as sufficient.
III. You shall remember the meta-narrative and keep it wholly.
IV. You shall not neglect the context.
V. You shall honor the church as guardian of the Scriptures.
VI. You shall not ask questions the text doesn't want to answer.
VII. You shall remember form and content are inspired by God.
VIII. You shall not covet the professor's knowledge.
IX. You shall exegete your culture and not merely the Scripture.
X. You shall remember the simplest interpretation is usually correct.
I invite commentary and analysis of these commands. My comments: #1 is correct, although many people in the communities I live make Scripture an idol in this way, by seeing it as so holy that they never touch it. As to #2, I'm not sure what it means. #3 is humorous and wise. #6 is true but difficult. #5 and #10 stand somewhat in contradiction. #7 isn't given much though in our churches, the "art" of Scripture being more attended in the academy than in the parish.
I could keep commenting, adding my own, etc., its a pleasant way to pass the afternoon, but for the time-being, have at it, all readers and non-readers of the Bible. What commands do you follow or break when reading or not reading the Scriptures?