Yesterday at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, at one exhibit I learned a bit about a lot of things, all related to the Torah.
What I want to share is out of the kabbalistic tradition, which suggests there are four levels of interpretation to scripture. I will mostly just state them and invite your comment, rather than comment excessively myself.
1. Literal meaning.
2. Allegorical meaning.
3. Meaning in connection with similar passages.
4. Kabbalistic meaning; or meaning through inspiration or direct, personal revelation; mystical meaning.
Now. In studying scripture, how many levels of interpretation are we finding? What can we do to seek more? Or are we being satisfied with too few?