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How to Study the Bible

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Here is a simple method that can be practiced on a regular basis to help you grasp the Bible better.

 

The simple method

 

 

I.                   Observation: this describes the process of gathering facts or details of a passage.

 

A. This includes things such as:

 

·         What  type of writing is it?

 

·         Take notes on the  Grammar and sentence structure of the passage.

 

·         Learn about the  culture and historical background.

 

·         Who is speaking, and  to whom etc.

 

·         What was the purpose for this writing ?

 

·         Take note of any Strange words, or repeated  words.

 

·         Figure out where your passage begins and ends ( i.e. Is this part of a larger conversation ) . remember the Bible was not written originally in chapters and verses

 

·         The 6 journalistic questions Who, what where when how why?

 

 

 

 

 

II.   Interpretation. This is the explanation of the meaning of the text i.e what is he trying to say. 

 

  • We are attempting to determine the original meaning as intended by the author (Not what I feel, What I think, or what is it saying to me).
  • We are seeking to find what God intended to communicate through the human author.
  • Although application can change over time the meaning never changes.
  • Interpretation always flows from observation.

 

 

Bible examples of interpretation: Luke 24:27, Acts 8:30-31, Neh 8:7-12

 

 

 

VII. . Application

 

§  How can the principle or concepts that I learned in this passage help me be a better  Christian? What does this passage  reveal about God?

 

§   Col 1:9-11 The whole purpose of knowledge is so that we can put it into practice.

 

 

 

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