Any possible experience of the biblical text is established in the quality of Church life, wherefrom one learns even that the Bible exists. Our relation to everything, with most crucial and fundamental being the personal or potentially personal relationships, determines in the most essential dimensions how we read the Bible. In the first of John’s epistles (4, 20) this primacy is obvious: ὁ μὴ ἀγαπῶν τὸν ἀδελφὸν ὃν ἑώρακε, τὸν Θεὸν ὃν οὐχ ἑώρακε πῶς δύναται ἀγαπᾶν; Something similar happens in the study of the biblical text — the quality of personal life determines the quality of the interpretation of the text, beyond what can be drawn by a disciplined intellect alone.