As many of you, I have read numerous reflections on the life and career of Antonin Scalia in recent days. The best by far is the one by Tara Kole, who actually served as a clerk for him. Here's the essential takeaway:
What he cared about was the law, and where the words on the page took him. More than any one opinion, this will be his lasting contribution to legal thought. Whatever our beliefs, he forced lawyers and scholars to engage on his terms — textual analysis and original meaning. He forced us all to acknowledge that words cannot mean anything we want them to mean; that we have to impose a degree of discipline on our thinking.
Highest of praise for legal interpretation in my opinion, and the quintessential goal for any textual interpretation, especially biblical.