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How To Learn The Bible

How do you learn the Bible IE Bible reading strategies, commentaries, prayer, etc?

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bible approved method of studying:

Isaiah 28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, [and] there a little:

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, [and] there a little, that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
---francis on 3/25/10

Friendly Blogger, everything you said is very true. When reading the Bible one needs to know all those things or at least grasp some of it to be able to understand the passages since they happened in time past during those days and context means everything when reading. Some just do not want to learn. It is the Holy Spirit who brings light to God's Word.
The way I look at it is, that we have fallen in love with Christ, and when a person falls in love with someone, the first thing one wants to do is to learn everything about that someone. You cannot get enough of that person, you want to hear him everyday, talk to him everyday. That is what all of us should feel about Christ. The whole Bible is about Christ.
---MarkV. on 3/24/10

Friendly Blogger, thanks for the History lesson. I hope and pray I remember what you've said.

Jesus's teachings reached into the heart of man (the Pharisees even said that).

Wouldn't you rather see Jesus heal someone than sit in a History class learning about the stuff you just stated?

We have the mind of Christ, right? So wouldn't it make sense that the Holy Spirit will reveal this stuff to people whom He wants to teach this stuff? You are an excellent History teacher, stay that way, I just don't care about that stuff. I was blind, but now I see is all I really care about and healing the brokenhearted.
---Donna5535 on 3/23/10

Donna5535, Joseph move his family back to Nazarethwhich was a small village, he is from there and he can afford to live there but he may not be able to find constant work there. But within a few miles is the Roman/Hellenistic city of Zippori. It is the Capital of the Galilee region, it has a Roman garrison and a Roman administrator. It has a big Synagogue with a It was affluent enough to a full collection of religious scrolls for Jesus to study in Hebrew and more likely Greek as the average Jew could no longer read Rabbinic Hebrew by then. This is likely where Joseph and Jesus likely worked, and Jesus observed human nature and came up with the illustrations for his parables because Nazareth was just not large enough to be able to do that.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/23/10

Donna5535, From a stand point of linguistics the possible meaning of Greek and Aramaic words are not real definitive and they have array of words they can be translated into English with different shades of meanings . From tradition we know Christ family was very low on the social scale. But a carpenter in a Jewish town like Nazareth would be more the middle of the cultural stratification and it may mean the Joseph just worked with his hands and have been a day laborer and the Greek word carpenter was used because it was close enough to convey the meaning of the occupation at that time.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/23/10

Friendly Blogger, I do understand what you are saying. Since the Holy Spirit has taught me all that I know since I've been a Christian (1983), the last 27 years of my life, don't you think if Holy Spirit wanted me to know all of this History, I'd know it?

I do understand Romans the being adopted as I cry out Abba Father alot. Theology means nothing to me. Different people have different anointings. I couldn't teach what you can, but I can reach out to a brokenhearted person, crushed in spirit and walk with them in love and compassion through their healing process, that's where my anointing lies. Yours is studying the history, etc., and when the Holy Spirit wants me to study that, I will. You can be my teacher, how about that?
---Donna5535 on 3/23/10

Donna5535, if you don't know the History, Geography and Customs of Palestine in 1st century CE you will not understand some of Christ's parables particularly if it involves a cultural Idiom, the words my translate but the meaning won't. Knowledge of the locations and culture of the areas Paul visited helps in understanding Paul's letters. If you don't understand Roman adoption you will not understand when Paul uses as an example of becoming a member of the family of God. In Roman adoption you move from one family to another You have a new father and all right under the former family are abrogated. You have a new name, any debts or criminal charges against you under your former family name are gone, you are a new person with a clean slate.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/23/10

Simple methods (can be varied) that can help: regular time each day, pray for guidance, read a passage (schemes can help for this), re-read the passage slowly. If you find notes (e.g. Daily Bread, Geneva Bible Notes) helpful then read alongside, but don't let it "flood over" what the Bible is saying. It's sometimes helpful to summarise what you have read and then check that when you read it back, it doesn't change the meaning. Pray that He would speak to your heart and give you an open mind to speak through His Word. Different people have different strategies. Think about the CONTEXT within the Bible, Read with "child-like eyes", write a "Meaning"/summary statement, think about it's Application to you.
---simon7348 on 3/22/10

Friendly Blogger, I don't agree with the first part of your response.

To effectively study and understand scripture one must understand the History of the time period-WHY? HOW DOES THAT HELP YOU GET TO KNOW JESUS?

the Geography of the location-WHY? HOW DOES THAT HELP YOU GET TO KNOW WHO GOD IS?
the Culture of the people-doesn't matter.
the nuances of the Original Language-I disagree.

We need to focus on 1)Who we are in Christ Jesus 2)Who God is 3)Love the Lord thy God with all of thine heart, mind, soul.
See ye first the KINGDOM of God, not theology and geography. I use a reference bible-I look up the reference scriptures in the margin and it usually takes me to another scripture where it gives the meaning, etc.,
---Donna5535 on 3/22/10

Correction, the word should be Lectionaries
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/20/10

To effectively study and understand scripture one must understand the History of the time period the Geography of the location, the Culture of the people. the nuances of the Original Language. The Biography of the Author, what message was the author trying to convey to whom and the reason for the communication. Tools that will help you understand these thing are commentaries, Bible Dictionaries, reactionaries, Lexicons, Maps and books on culture of the peoples involved and Biographies about specific Individuals. His in addition to a modern word for word translation should give you all the tools you need to be a knowledgeable Bible student.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/20/10

live would be a better discription of the bible teaches.You learn how to read and write,how to add subtract multiply and divide,but you choose to obey Gods word,or disobey.
---tom2 on 3/20/10

The best way to learn anything is to study it every day at a scheduled time, take notes, and really think about what you have studied.
---ger.toshav on 3/19/10

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