Much is made of how to interpret the Constitution. The Constitution is foundational and its law is the highest law in the land. Consequently, interpreting the Constitution correctly is important, not only so that the Constitution's words are honored but so that its ideals are honored. Similar desires accompany the interpretation of other important documents. Indeed, how a sacred text like the Bible is or can be interpreted may shed light upon how the Constitution could be or should be interpreted. This brief Essay considers how a particular vision of Christian biblical interpretation can inform constitutional interpretation. This Essay does not necessarily endorse the use of the interpretive method presented. Rather, it suggests merely that an interpretive method that may be used to interpret one sacred text might have resonance when considering the possibilities of interpreting another arguably sacred text.
Henry L. Chambers, Jr., Biblical Interpretation, Constitutional Interpretation and Ignoring Text, 69 Md. L. Rev. 92 (2009).