What is Mirror Reading?

When reading the Bible, one is presumably only reading half of a conversation. Mirror Reading is a method that attempts to reconstruct the other half of the conversation. It relies on the assumption that most of what is said by the biblical writer is reflective of a problem or situation confronting the original reader(s). The biblical text is always reacting against something.The question is, what is it reacting against?

For example, if you hear me say “stop touching the red umbrella,” you can presume that something or someone is touching the red umbrella. Mirror reading would try to identify what/who was touching the red umbrella and why. In other words, mirror reading is an attempt to move from the known (the text) to the unknown (the situation behind the text), in order to better understand what is known (the text).

Mirror reading is a somewhat controversial approach to Scripture. Some limit mirror reading to the New Testament epistles, others avoid it all together. However, everyone tends to mirror read to some extent at the broadest levels.

Below is a video with an introduction to mirror-reading:


The Mira Scriptura Mirror-Reading Methodology

You can learn about my methodology here.


About The Site

The purpose of this site is to promote and develop the mirror-reading of the Bible.  It is largely exploratory and experimental at this point. During the first phase I will focus on creating a diversity of content related to mirror-reading.  After that, I will focus more on techniques and methodologies for more specific and accurate mirror-reading.  Developing a Mira Scriptura podcast is also a goal. I try to stay theologically neutral and just focus on the text.  I'll leave the theological implications for you to sort out.  If you are interested in my theological views, check out the RE2 podcast.


What does “Mira Scriptura” Mean?

“Mira Scriptura” is a play on the Reformation phrase of “Sola Scriptura”. Although we do derive our English word “mirror” from “mira”, the Latin word itself means “wonderful, strange, remarkable, amazing, surprising, extraordinary” – an apt description of the Bible.