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How Do You Study The Bible

How do each of you approach bible study? Do you use aids such as concordance, dictionary, maps and daily reading plans? Do you read from Gen. to Rev., use a chronological plan or dip in here and there? What works for YOU.

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 ---Xanthi on 9/20/05
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You mentioned most of the tools you should use. It should also inclue a moderen TRANSLATION, not paraphase, (such as The New American Standard Bible,) and a book giving you what a word means in the Coine Greek. It's best not to start with the OT other than books such as Gen. Leave Revelation last since you can really get bogged down in this book. (there's still a lot of personal opinions given.)
---WIVV on 11/29/07

I probably have all the study tools that I need; but, I enjoy looking for something perhaps better. The person of the Holy Spirit has to be right with you or nothing is going to help you. Good Day.++
---catherine on 5/9/07

My good friend/neighbor gave me the brochure of bible study daily. It said to start study the beginning on January 1 to read Genesis 1:1 so next day to read next verse. So keep on reading and I love it. So worth it to keep reading. :-)
---Kelly_Jo on 5/9/07

we go to the Christian bookstore and get study books to go with the Bible, weve done Experiencing God, Purpose Study, all the gospels, we're in acts a second time with 2 study books, all the Old Test. prophets, kings,nehemiah,etc,, with study books and your Bible, it rbings more But we always ask the Holy Spirit to show us what we are to learn to apply to our lives and ministry
---michele on 5/9/07

bible commentaries, bible dictionary or if you like there are many bible studies on the net...try can ask questions and do studies on the net too..they have hundreds of studies ... they do send you free study aids if your in the states..and if you have sky angel tv where these free aids come from..obtain skyangel tv..its excellent for studying too from the many denominations on it...take your pick..I find excellent...
---jana on 6/17/06

However, I always start by praying for God to open my eyes and heart to what He wants me to learn from what I read. Sometimes Iread an entire chapter or two, others I read one or two verses and feel God "telling" me to stop, I've gotten what He wanted me to learn for that particular time.
---Heather on 10/18/05

I use the guide in the back of one of my Bibles (I've tried it without and find I get more out of my study time using the guide).It does a good job of "backing up" what's in the O.T. (which is written in shadows and light and is hard to understand) with directly related books and chapters in the N.T. I've read the KJV and am now reading the NASB which I can follow much more easily and find no difference other than the grammar or dialect between the two.
---Heather on 10/18/05

Part 4

You will not always be given the true meanings of things, however your pool of information will be greater and you will be able to decern which is Truth and which may just be someone's view of it. Being exposed to all ideas will prepare you when people want to present false ideas, you will have already studies all available points of view and be able to stand firm where Scripture stands and not be swayed easily.
---David7647 on 10/18/05

Part 3

How far apart are various locations in related verses? Are there any artifacts from certain parts of Scripture that will help to give a visual, bring Scripture to Life? How did certain verses affect various eras of History and cultures? How did they veiw them? Did they impact poetry and literature? How have artists portrayed certain scenes from Scripture?
---David7647 on 10/18/05

Part 2

Other than that, the only way to really study to the marrow is to do it systematically. Go to Genesis 1:1 and do a Word search for various Words like "create", "Heavens", and "Earth." How does the rest of Scripture define them? What does the Hebrew mean in each Word? Are there multiple meanings to the Words? How was it read in Rabbinical works? How do other translations read? Where are the places mentioned?
---David7647 on 10/18/05

Part 1

Usually seperate the reading from the study. Yes, reading from Gen. through Rev. is a start, but it is hardly studying. Don't use a time schedule, it is whenever He decides something is done before moving on. Maps, dictionaries, concordances, and other interpretations (ie the Fathers) are good tools to use.
---David7647 on 10/18/05

Brother Daniel, your six part explanation was really great. I can only add that we need to know God and His attributes, nature an Character. This way if someone reads a verse they encounter that is hard, they would have systemized their theology, correctly and answer from God's point first, His attributes because of what He can do, His nature and Character because they don't change. Like His nature of Love, It never changes because its His nature. Things like that. Just a thought
---Lupe2618 on 10/12/05

Elsie: Seems you might be using the same 1-year Daily Bible that I am. Portions from both the OT and NT, plus Psalms and/or Proverbs with some notes for each day on various passages. We're in Isaiah and 2Cor. right now. Apart from that, I like to do Inductive in depth studies of whole books as well, but like you, can spend many hours at a time doing research into a particular passage related to something I've seen/heard recently.
---danie9374 on 9/21/05

Thank you, Daniel, for the good reminders. I'll download this page because of those points. Now, let me go to my textbooks! Happy blogging to all!
---bebet3754 on 9/21/05

Let's say that you're studying the Gospel of John. divide it into three parts of seven chapters. read the first seven chapters every day for 30 days. After that, do the same thing for the remaining chapters.
Thus, u will be able to know and memorize the Bible.
---fritz on 9/21/05

Great question Xanthi! I approach Bible study 1)with a grateful heart and anticipation which is the Holy Spirit's confirmation to meet the Living Word our God, 2)next follows prayer asking for the Lord's wisdom/guidance, 3) sometimes using the aids you suggest, 4)reading chronologically from Genesis onward, a chapter in Isaiah, then Psalms, then New Testament; however, if there seems to be an eye-catching idea/word/need, I go off on a bunny trail to explore--God and I have a wonderful time together!
---Elsie on 9/21/05

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[Part6] HOWEVR, the Bible isn't really a textbook! It's God's Revelation of all the most important interactions between Himself and us (the human race); past, present and future. And the most important revelation of Scripture, from our human perspective, is salvation! Romans, Galatians and the Gospel of John are important books on the subject, but it also runs throughout the Old Testament: MAN fell, all of us are sinners and we can only be saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Messiah).
---Daniel on 9/21/05

About 5 chapters a day, give or take. With the Holy Spirit, The Jerusalem Crown (Hebrew Aleppo Codex), the Aramaic, the Greek Constantinopolitan MSS, the Textus Receptus, 2 interlinears, a Hebrew lexicon, a Greek lexicon, 1828 dictionary, a concordance, Wyclif's 1380 First English Bible, William Tyndale's 1530 Old Testament and 1534 New Testament, my preferred Geneva 1560 Bible, the renowned 1611 KJV, The Tanach, and Hebrew transliterated and English translated Torah, and research in online data bases.
---Eloy on 9/21/05

[Part5] That last point is very important: Doctrine should be got *from* the Bible, not placed upon it! No matter what type of church you attend, you need to make sure of what God is saying in His Word. Don't let emotions rule over clarity. Almost all heresies have arisen from a poor understanding of *all* of God's Word. AS A TEXTBOOK, *God* would be the subject of the Bible; Who, What, Why, etc. it's all there if you make time for Him!
---Daniel on 9/21/05

[Part4] For difficult passages, check many translations; lastly *proven* commentaries. *Always* ask what God wants you to do or learn from a passage. Some letters are full of direct applications for every Believer, such as Ephesians or Philippians; others only as examples of obedience, etc. I BETTER SAY (it shouldn't be necessary): ALWAYS PRAY FOR GUIDANCE BEFORE YOU BEGIN. Be careful not to approach Scripture with preconceived BIASES!
---Daniel on 9/21/05

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[Part3] In most of the Bible: Ask yourself WHO wrote this to WHOM? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? etc. You can generally get most of your answers directly from Scripture. Short letters should be read over and over again, long ones, split into sections! NEVER read just one verse by itself! Use some simple tools: dictionary, pencil/paper to write down your own questions! Read the whole book if you don't understand something, then look in others by same author; use concordances if you must.
---Daniel on 9/21/05

[Part2] If you're not yet a Believer, start with John's Gospel; supplemented by Luke, to know Who Jesus is and why you should turn your life over to Him. All Christians should read Acts to know the history of the Church, the "Called Out Ones" of Christ; which you then use as Biblical history for each of Paul's letters: If Paul wrote to a city mentioned, read that letter too. Knowing how the Gospel spread and trials encountered, helps one understand many letters of Paul, Peter, John and others.
---Daniel on 9/21/05

[Part1] Bebet: The first thing you need to realize about the Bible is that it is a compendium of history, national laws, prophecy, poetry, songs, prose and personal letters; *all* of which are either directly or indirectly God's own words by the Holy Spirit. There are texts on related subjects, such as Bible geography, history, languages and its translation, but I strongly suggest you study God's Word by allowing Him to speak directly to you through various books of the Bible!
---Daniel on 9/21/05

I have studied and learnt so much through Chuck Missler, a well known Bible teacher who is also well respected throughout Churches all over world. A very accurate, scriptural and sooo interesting.

There is a great selection of study material, especially Gen - Rev, complete study, awesome.

Do a google search on his name, great audio teaching also, I highly recommend it.
---bethany on 9/21/05

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Just this morning, after reading a chapter on Genesis, I have decided to study the Bible using a textbook approach. That is, I would like to approach it the way I study physics, math, history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, values education, etc. I believe this would help me and I know this would be a lifetime study.
---bebet3754 on 9/20/05

Whatever works for you is best. Getting started is the harder part. God gave me a high tolerance for waiting. I did start "Our Daily Bread" which has a devotional and a "read the bible in a year" schedule. For three years I read every word(maybe I did skip some names and geneology) of my NIV Study Bible, using the study guide to walk with me in getting fuller meanings. I have enjoyed the walk. I do hope you get started soon to unwrap the gems in this wonderful book.
---chuck on 9/20/05

2. Once you know who God is and His attibutes you can read a book at a time. Philipians takes about seven minutes to read. Reading it ten times does not take that much time in one week. Once you know the book well, you can break each verse accordingly. when you are done, you will understand what was happening at the time, what were the conditions, who was speaking to who, what was God's meaning for the verses, and how to apply it to our lives.
---Lupe2618 on 9/20/05

I believe a careful study into the Attributes of God, His character, and His nature should be done first. It is imperative that we know who God is first. Many began to study and run into questions and don't know how to answer them. God prepares us in subjects we will need all differently then others. But not knowing God first when you are a beginner confuses the student, and learn something that is against one of His attributes to what they believe to be true and later find out that is not who God is.
---Lupe2618 on 9/20/05

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Studying the Bible should be an ongoing daily commitment! Dictionaries, concordances,etc. are good essential aids to further understanding of Scripture. But meditation on God's Word is vital for "understanding! Look for the principle that God's Word teaches the reader; and NOT what one wants the Bible to say! Use simple Scriptures you already understand to shed light on those you don't. Let God's Word correct itself; and you not correct God! Read/meditate John 8:32; Proverbs 4:7; Psalm 119:105.
---Jamea6844 on 9/20/05

I read from Genisis to Revelation. I do that reading in the morning. Then in the afternoon or evening, whenever time allows, I do a study of one of the books of the Bible, like now I'm in Romans. I always have a concordance & dictonary on hand to help.
---Melissa on 9/20/05

I like to study the Bible topically. I will start by reading as much as I can on the subject from the Bible using the Concordance, Dictionary, Footnotes etc. Then I also use lessons prepared by my church for Sabbath School classes which meet before the sermon time. Finally I use Bible Study courses prepared by radio/tv ministries of my church.
---Pierr7958 on 9/20/05

I will study with my Sunday school class, which skips around, but my personal Bible study is from Genesis to Revelation. I have gotten to where I associate seasons with chapters such as January with Genesis or fall with the gospels or December with Revelation.
---Annie on 9/20/05

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