When the bible made the biggest change in my life, I was reading it without anyone telling me what it said, or said to them. I did not consult scripture commentary or scholars. All you get from that is a lot of information, but your life does not change for the better. You don't become a better follower of Jesus because you know more stuff. At least not for me. I decided back in 1971 to read the bible and see what it said to me. What did it mean to me. If I did not understand something or found a piece that was uninteresting, I just moved on to the next part. I am not on anyone else's spiritual journey. I am on mine. What a book means to them is there journey. If something like the bible is going to make a difference in your life try not to keep it on the level of a class course or book club. I know very little "stuff" about the bible. But what I do know makes a difference in my life.