I had a prof in seminary (Dr Dongell) that told our class that the continuous learning of the Bible is a little bit like this analogy: you begin to read scripture and it is like you are listening to your favorite garage band. But, then you learn about literary techniques that the writers used and your band begins to add symbols and bass drums to your band. Then you learn about the culture of biblical times and your band begins to add woodwinds. Then you continue to learn maps and geological information of the middle east and your band adds brass. Before you know it your garage band is playing a rich and deep musical score. You had no idea that it could sound so great.
So, it is with the Bible. You can read the Bible and get something from it with little training. Just as the garage band sounded good. However, the more you read and the more you get to know about the Bible and the culture it was written in, the richer and deeper the meaning of the text. The Bible becomes ALIVE. If you don't believe me, just try it!
I am a man on a journey...