Biblical Literacy, though not sufficient, is indispensable. This literacy does not consist of historical, critical knowledge about the Bible. Nor does it consist of theological accounts, couched in non-biblical language, of the Bible’s teachings and meanings. Rather it is the patterns and details of its sagas and stories, its images and symbols, its syntax and grammar, which need to be internalized if one is to think scripturally. And when one proceeds to imagine and think scripturally, one may in fact use very little actual biblical terminology.
–George Lindbeck, The Nature of Doctrine.