I was reading through one of John Walton's Genesis commentaries the other day. In it he laid some good hermeneutical foundations. I thought you'd like to read over them. Always good to keep in mind, especially since we generally make the Bible about us and our puny little problems.
- We must allow the text to pursue its own agenda, not force it to pursue ours.
- We must be committed to the intention of the author rather than getting whatever mileage we can out of the words he used.
- We must resist over-interpreting the text in order to derive the angle we are seeking.
- We must be willing to have our minds changed by the text - that it is at least part of the definition of submitting ourselves to the authority of the text.
- We must be willing to accept the inevitable disappointment if the text does not address or solve the questions we would like answers to.