In "The Meaning of the Pentateuch", John Sailhamer (a conservative Evangelical professor) states that the goal of reading the Bible is to find the human author's verbal meaning.
The study of biblical hermeneutics, or biblical interpretation, is
complex, and we should avoid simplistic solutions to the questions it
raises. Nevertheless, the complexity of biblical interpretation does
not rule out the basic simplicity of the the task of discovering the
meaning of the OT. The goal of the interpretation of the OT is its
author's intent. What is the biblical author trying to say? What is
his point? What do his words say and mean? The goal is always to
understand what the author has written.
In his book he does not contradict in any way the inspired nature of the scriptures, he simply points out that even through inspiration the author wrote the words he did in order to communicate meaning to the reader. It is the author's intended meaning that scholars are seeking to understand.