I would like to hear a few people’s opinions. What do you think matters the most, the meaning of a biblical document in its canonical context or the meaning of a biblical document in its socio-historical context? Is it more important that the unified compilation of various documents with apostolic authority or apostolic tradition, under the supra-authorial oversight of the Holy Spirit be given the most attention or the intent under the author as the Holy Spirit inspired the author for the particular topic that needed to be dealt with at that time.

Let me put this in concrete terms. Does it matter if there is a First, Second, and Third Isaiah or do we focus on the canonical Isaiah? Do we focus on 1 Corinthians in relation to the church in Corinth in the first century or to its place in Pauline theology and then New Testament and biblical theology in general?

Any thoughts?