Finally, the most important thing one can have when reading scripture is imagination. And perhaps the most important question one can ask to set imagination to work is "How can I read this passage otherwise than I usually would and yet remain true to the text and true to the gospel preached through its on-going revelation?"
Scriptural theology can be interesting and is helpful to some. But in my experience, few things are more important to spiritual life than scripture study, whether or not it is part of an effort to do scriptural theology.
Scripture study isn't merely scripture reading. It certainly isn't scriptural contestation between proponents of different theologies or sects. It is allowing the canon of scripture to call me to repentance and to teach me what it means to live a Christian life.