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How To Best Study The Bible

If I were to begin to study the Bible, how would I go about it? Is there a way to start? Should I start from the beginning and just read to the end? Is there an interesting book that I can start with?

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Begin with the NT. Read the Gospel according to John. This Gospel is explain fully who Jesus is. Read this Gospel like 3 times, and then read the rest of the Gospels. Then start reading The Acts of the Apostles until Revelation.

as your reading write down on a notebook important scriptures. Like John 1:1. Anything that seems important concerding Jesus, God, etc.You may also, though I dont recommend, highlight scriptures with a highlighter.Note:Dont go crazy and highlight the whole bible.
---Ramon on 5/6/08


I did not say you dont read it all the way through... yes, you should do that several times in your life, but that is not studying. Study is research or a detailed examination and analysis of a subject. ...of a subject which is a branch of knowledge. So study takes place in parts or topics or ...subjects.

The problems are not with todays Scholors, but with their material. Each of them have a different version of the Bible so, of course, none of them are going to agree.
---tofurabby on 9/11/06


The Pharisees and today's scholars study the Bible and look where it's gotten the world. But true Christians read through it once and have less questions at the end than if they just "studied" verses. Read the Bible and know by faith that everything is right. When "studying" the Bible, a person intermingles worldly knowledge, then asking more questions. Read the Bible through the eyes of a child. Memorize it unto your heart. And believe God is in control.
---Steveng on 9/7/06


Read the Bible all the way first, then you study it. Isn't that how you were taught to study in high school and college? To read the chapter first then go back to study it? Isn't that how Socrates and Aristotle taught their students? Arent the Jewish children read through the Torah and other books before they old enough to study it?
---Steveng on 9/7/06


The question is asking how to study the Bible, not how to merely read it. Yes, you read the Bible from beginning to end when you have no specific topic or interest that needs to be covered. If you do, on the other hand, it requires study. Example, if you needed to know about zebras and had an encyclopidia set, would you start at "A" or would you jump straight to the "Z"s? So, would you read Ruth to study creation? Philemon to learn about David's conquests?
---tofurabby on 9/5/06




To truly prepare for the coming tribulation, todays Christian must put all his or her heart and soul into knowing God. To lay a strong foundation into this relationship is to get to know the person. The Old Testament shows us who God is and how he works. The Old Testament is the foundation for the New Testament. Everything in the New Testament is based upon the Old Testament. The more you read, the closer you are to God.
---Steveng on 9/3/06


Would you start reading a novel on page 77, then read page 17, then page 127 and understand what the novel is all about? Of course not. The Bible was never in context form as it is taught today. By taking verses out of context, I could make you believe in anything your heart desires, or your itching ears want to hear. Thats the way Satan works. Thats how Satan deceived Adam and Eve and how he tried to deceive Jesus.
---Steveng on 9/3/06


Its easy to listen to one verse from the Bible and say in your mind that it is true. Then listen to another verse and say it is false. Both based upon your Earthly knowledge. A strong foundation is formed when reading the Bible from beginning to end. Throw away your concordances and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance not what other men say. But once your relationship with God congeals, He reveals more of himself and mysteries not written in the Bible.
---Steveng on 9/3/06


Contrary to what you may believe, reading the KJV Bible from beginning to end is not easy. 95% of all Christians today havent scratched the surface of what the Bible is all about, even Chritians who have been studying the Bible for years! How many time a year do you hear John 3:16, or the story of Christmas which takes a whole month to teach, or the story of the resurrection. Its easy to take a verse here and a verse there
---Steveng on 9/3/06


Steveng, Yep, it makes things easier for us doesnt it. Still, even if they only had one book, I am sure they would scan (search) through it to find passages that were pertinent to topics they were studying. There is nothing wrong with reading from the beginning to end, but thats not studying. Jesus meant what he said.
---tofurabby on 9/3/06




tofurabby: At the time of Jesus, they didn't have the Bible like we do today. They had the Torah. Have you ever seen the Torah or the other OT books? Each book is one long text divided by chapters. A person would literally need to begin from the beginning to the end of the book and then begin the next book until they found their answer.
---Steveng on 9/1/06


Jesus Christ said to "Search the scriptures" John 5:39. He didnt say read it like you would any other literary novel. Why would that be? Maybe it isnt a novel or bedtime story? I do agree, no concordance, no interpretive material, no novels, or other reference books are needed. But dont treat it like a novel, search through it for the answers.
---tofurabby on 9/1/06


My suggestion? Read the Bible all the way through from beginning to end -- no concordance, no interpretive material, no novels, or other reference books. Its just you and God.
---Steveng on 8/31/06


All the Godly people - Moses, Solomon, the Prophets, the Apostles - never relied of worldly written scripts, they solely relied on the Spirit of God to bring them the knowledge and understanding they seek. Most, as children, used the Torah to get to know God. As adults, they relied on getting accurate knowledge straight from the source. People today have the same ability to develop a relationship with God, but can't seem to peel themselves away from the world.
---Steveng on 8/31/06


Its easy to listen to one verse from the Bible and say in your mind that it is true. Then listen to another verse and say it is false. Both based upon your Earthly knowledge. A strong foundation is formed when reading the Bible from beginning to end. Throw away your concordances and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance not what other men say. But once your relationship with God congeals, He reveals more of himself and mysteries not written in the Bible.
---Steveng on 8/31/06


Would you start reading a novel on page 77, then read page 17, then page 127 and understand what the novel is all about? Of course not. The Bible was never in context form as it is taught today. By taking verses out of context, I could make you believe in anything your heart desires, or your itching ears want to hear. Thats the way Satan works. Thats how Satan deceived Adam and Eve and how he tried to deceive Jesus.
---Steveng on 8/31/06


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No Tbabe, never heard of the imposter sword.
You should report it if you can.

Sue, I'm glad this helped you, there's alot of full books you can view in the "topic notes" section too. It's kind of obscure, but in there you can get "sketches of Jewish social life" and many other classics.
---Pharisee on 8/31/06


you can read it from beginning to end wich is a great way to read the Bible, but true study comes from reading scriptures while referencing other scriptures that relate to what you are reading. Investigate, analyze and reflect on what you read in an attempt to completely understand.

If you had a test about Abe Lincoln would you read your entire history book to understand it, or focus on the various pages on Abe Lincoln, then add them together for the full picture?
---tofurabby on 8/31/06


anyone who is serious about studying the Bible will read only the KJV... unless they dont care so much about it's accuracy, but then they wouldnt really be taking it serious now, would they.
---tofurabby on 8/31/06


, anyone who is serious about studying the Bible will read several versions, including the KJV and the NLT.
---steve on 8/31/06


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First thing is get yourself a good KJV bible.
---Rev_Herb on 8/31/06


Be a part of prophecy. Read Zechariah 8:13, get the other required people the verse speaks of and go do it. If it helps, I'm jewish.
---Jeff on 8/31/06


A few of the Bibles on the e'Sword that I have charge $20 to download but all the rest are free, there is a lot of them too. There are lots of information to download also that is free. I'm still trying to figure out differant things on e-Sword, it's a great study tool.
---sue on 8/30/06


I'm also finding that you can get a lot out of just listening to the Bible. Back in 2001, I spent the entire summer listening to the Bible. I sat back in my chair and from beginning to the end I listened. I'm not sure why, but I understood a lot more than just reading it. Maybe listening doesn't take as much mental effort to input the knowledge into the brain than reading.
---Steveng on 8/30/06


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Reading the Bible from beginning to end, not a verse here and a verse there,.forms a strong foundation for developing a personal relationship -- not a religion -- with God. The Bible is sort of Gods resume and must be read in its entirety. Unfortunately, people today have a hard time developing relationships on Earth, let alone developing a relationship with someone not seen. But once your relationship with God congeals, He reveals more of himself and mysteries not written in the Bible.
---Steveng on 8/30/06


in the spirit with the heart
---tom2 on 8/30/06


sue, all the advice you have received from brothers and sisters is excellent.
The only thing I would add is find an Elder. Not just any Elder, seek out someone that fits the definithion of Elder as outlined by Paul. Put together a small bible study with otheres that seek truth and rtighteousness and have fellowship with these people. Talk to your Elder and ask every question you can think of.
Prayer, meditation & fellowship are necessities for studying the Word of God.
---Ryan on 8/30/06


Pharisee,

I'm so glad you brought up E-sword; I've been using it for a couple of years; one of my favorite study helps on there is the "Torry New Topical Index."
I've heard that there may be "imposter sites" that will try to charge you to download this software. Do you know of this?
---Tbabe on 8/30/06


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Sue. Almost forgot. Try to get Life in the Spirit Study bible. It gives you study notes on every page , maps, Articles etc. Its a great study bible. Its has help me alot.
---Ramon on 8/30/06


Pharisee, thanks for tip about e-sword. I down loaded it and I think I will really like it. God bless!!
---Debbie on 8/30/06


WOW, thank you so much for all the great advice. Pharasee, I got e Sword about a month ago and I'm still finding new things that I can do with it! Is it true that any problem I may have, no matter what it is..the answer can be found in the Bible?
Thank you again, God bless you all,
---sue on 8/30/06


The best way to study the Bible is with an understanding of the culture in which it was written with it's history and customs, and analyzing key words or phrases in the original languages.

type E-sword in your browser, this is a free, wealthy, electronic study tool, and you won't have to spend lots of cash on books to get started.

You'll have alot of "oh that's why" moments when you study this way.
---Pharisee on 8/30/06


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Always have access to a Bible commentary, Bible dictionary, a good set of Bible maps, several books on the history of Israel and the Cultures of the various groups in Palestine from 2300 BCE - 300 CE. The best commentary series I know of are The Daily Bible Study Series for the both the New and Old Testament published by Westminster Press. Available at better Bible bookstores or from Christian Book Distributor's online. If you try study with out support tools you will only get your self into trouble.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/30/06


One Can't Fully Understand the New Testament without Reading the Old Testament,and Vice versa. The Old and New Testaments make the Complete Word. I Recommend that you read Old & New Together , making a scheduled reading chart ex. Gen.1:1-31 / Matt 1:1-25 for day one, etc. And always ask for God's Wisdom, to Fully understand His Word, while not forgetting that the Word is Spiritual, thus it should be read accordingly, not with the Natural Man way of Thinking/Reasoning. --Mrs. Morgan
---Mrs._Morgan on 8/30/06


#2 Find trusted commetaries and read them. Don't automatically believe any commentary. Study for yourself, pray and seek God for the Truth. Keep an open mind and let God speak to your heart. He will open the Word up to you. I promise!
---Debbie on 8/30/06


#1 First and foremost, pray for the guidance and revelation of the Spirit. Start in Paul's Epistles. He was the Apostle for the Gentiles and His Gospel of Grace is for our admonition and edification. Take it slowly. Meditate and search it out. Don't assume you know the meanings of words, look them up, find out what the meaning is in Greek or Hebrew if in the Old Testament. Cross reference with other Scriptures.
---Debbie on 8/30/06


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Genesis is interesting. Start by praying that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes and your heart and make His word come alive to you. Then I would suggest a good study Bible with notes, or a commentary. Read a couple verses, and any notes that go along with it, and ask yourself, what does this say to me? Is there a command here, something God wants me to do? Is there a promise in here for me. Oh, but don't look at it as something you HAVE to do, enjoy it, when you enjoy it you will do it more and more.
---bethie on 8/30/06


I think you should begin with quiet time in meditation and prayer. Read only as much as you need to at that time. Then meditate on this word again. Write down the scriptures that speak to you. And write what God speaks in your spirit about the scripture. Start in Genesis and in Matthew. Enjoy yourself. You are building a new relationship with yourself and God.
---Amy9384 on 8/29/06


greetings,for sue,there is what is called topical study where a concordance is used to search all words and phrases,there after compared to formulate a meaning,such as forgiveness.another is paralleling or comparrison study where mainly the 4 gospels are paralleled,on 4 seperate pages.a topic like the 10 commandments also can be amazing when studied this way.it is best to always concordance the Word.
---earl on 8/29/06


#2. After reading the NT fully begin with the OT. One thing to keep in mind is "The old covenant vs the New convenant". One of the books I like is Isaiah. This book contains prophesies about our Lord Jesus Christ that was fulfill in the NT.

After reading this book you may begin with Psalms or begin for the beginning(Genesis) until Malachi. Again write down on a notebook important scriptures. Or highlight them.
---Ramon on 8/29/06


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