In order to discover the sacred authors' intention, the reader must take into consideration the literary genres in use at that time, and the modes of feeling, speaking and narrating then current. What is actually in the text? What type of writing is this text? Is there a particular structure of the text? Who are the characters in the text and what happens? ...
In order to discover the sacred authors' intention, the reader must take into account the conditions of the authors' time and culture. What can we learn about the context of this text - the historical world of the human author(s); the cultural world of the time; the geographic considerations of the text; the community for whom the text was written?
Consider what are some messages from or about God that modern believers can take from this text in their time and place? Does the Church have a specific teaching about the meaning of this text? How might this text be used in contemporary contexts such as in liturgy, for personal spiritual reflection, to inspire action for justice?