There are a number of dimensions to this understanding (that the text is only properly understood in community). First, most of the New Testament was written to gospel communities. This suggests that the best context in which to understand then is a gospel community. The Old Testament, too, was for the most part the product of a community identity, a community called to be a light to the nations. Bible interpretation is not just about me and my Bible. It is about God’s word to his people, a people with a responsibility towards the world…If you want to understand the role of the Law and its implications today you need to recognize that the Law was given in the context of the call to be a missionary community (154).
Now, I don’t want to say that the interpretation done in community is flawless, but it should not be discounted in the face of elevating the individual’s interpretation over any other.