From Thabiti Anyabwile:
Once you ask that question, you should really be quiet and listen to the answers of people who think they know. Otherwise, the question is insincere or you’re in danger of passing off ignorance as a plausible answer. Reading a few things and listening to a few conversations of late, I’m struck by how often in various ways this question is posed, then followed by a rejection of answers given. It’s as though some people think agnosticism about the text provides the meaning of the text, or makes the meaning unknowable. Whatever happened to asking an honest question then carefully considering the answers offered?