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There are several different Bible study methods we can use to study in an organized or systematic way. For the purpose of this article, we will classify them into two broad categories: Book Studies...
There are as many ways of bible study as there are readers of the bible. Some use systems devised by others and believe how others choose to interpret the meaning of certain parts.Some, including me, read it myself and interpret it myself. We each have to decide for our selves. It is best to read things to understand what passages mean, vs. Just what they SAY.
At Arizona Bible College and/or Dallas Seminary I learned 10 Bible study methods: 1. Biographical (my personal favorite) – One value of this method is that it recognizes the teaching method of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 10:11; Rom. 15:4). 2. Historical 3. Devotional 4. Topical (If, and when possible, use a classic passage as a basis of exposition, e.g. sheep, Psalm 23; Christian home, Eph. 5; love, 1 Cor. 13. Other classic passages are Dt. 6; 1 Pet. 3; Col. 3) If you choose Ecclesiastes, you could say the theme is “vanity.” Choose Proverbs and you’d say the theme is “wisdom.” Song of Solomon? The theme is “love.” Etc., etc. 5. Analytical (one value of this method is that it is faithful to the doctrine of inspiration, Jer. 15:16) The analytic method involves a detailed examination of the text of Scripture by analyzing its grammatical structure and by the formation of a detailed outline that will express the exact meaning of the text. There are ways of doing this, a mechanical layout and a textual outline. An example of a textual outline: Paul’s prayer for realization (Ephesians 3:14-21) A. The purposes for which he prays (Eph 3:14-21) 1. For enablement 2. For comprehension 3. For enrichment 6. Synthetic 7. Theological 8. Critical (where you ask, Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?) 9. Grammatical 10.Comparative (one value of this method is that it helps illustrate doctrinal teaching with Biblical illustrations. See Galatians 4:21-31)
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