George on the purpose of exegesis

Much of the so-called historical-critical study of the Bible assumes that the Scriptures are a fortuitous collection of obscure texts from the ancient world which, if they have any value to us at all, must be interpreted solely in terms of our contemporary concerns and values. True enough, the Bible is not a lazy man’s book, and warm-hearted piety is no substitute for the hard work of linguistic, exegetical, and historical analysis which any serious study of the Scriptures demands. However, the true purpose of biblical scholarship is not to show how “relevant” the Bible is to the modern world, but rather how irrelevant the modern world—and we ourselves as persons enmeshed in it—have become in our self-centered preoccupations and sinful rebellion against the God who spoke and still speaks through his chosen prophets and apostles.

Timothy George, Galatians (New American Commentary 30; Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1994), 6.