“To read a passage of Scripture in context is simply to read it with a sense of its place in the whole. This is, on the other hand, one of the easiest of our hermeneutical principles and takes the least amount of time. But on the other hand, it takes a lifetime. This is true because the Bible is unfathomably rich. So rich that no one can master the Scripture in a lifetime. There is always something more to know, something more to learn from God’s Word. And it is precisely from our knowledge of the whole that we must read the part.” Tremper Longman III, Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions, pg. 33

Gotta love Longman 🙂