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How to Study the Bible Effectively Part III

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The third in a three-part series on how to study the Bible effectively. Deep, effective Bible study is not just for theologians.

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How to Study the Bible Effectively Part III

  1. 1. It is a moral imperative for the interpreter to do his or her best to understand the text correctly so as to discover the meaning placed there by the original author. Anything less is intellectually dishonest and spiritually immoral and unworthy of a person of integrity. - William B Tolar
  2. 2. Part III Interpreting the different genres of Scripture (poetry, commands, narratives, epistles, prophecy, eschatology) How to use Bible study tools (lexicons, concordance, commentaries, software) Interpreting The Spirit of Prophecy SDA Methods of Bible Study How to effectively share Bible truth
  3. 3. Commands Is it Universal? – Look for universal terms (every creature, all nations, it is) – Cross-cultural references – Grammatical marker: Lo + imperfect Is it cultural? – Look for cultural markers (dress, ceremonial customs) Is it conditional? – Look for if clauses
  4. 4. Universal – Leviticus 18:22 (the marker) – Vss. 27 – 29 (cross-cultural reference) Cultural – Women covering hair – 1 Cor 11:6 • Disgraceful • Vss. 11 (in the Lord) • Vss. 14, 15 (among yourselves) • Vs. 16 (no such custom)
  5. 5. Is it conditional? – Exodus 21:7, 8
  6. 6. Prophecy Look for prophetic language – Not plain/obfuscated – Highly symbolic – Futuristic
  7. 7. Prophecy Look for prophetic language – Daniel 9, 11 – Highly symbolic – Futuristic Understand the symbols Let the Bible provide meaning • Dan 8:14, Numb. 14:34, Exek 4:6
  8. 8. Narrative Look for story format – One day, There was, In the days of, etc. – Historical dates – Historical persons and events – Dramatic elements • Plot, Suspense, excitement • David and Goliath • Nehemiah
  9. 9. Narrative Story format: Job Balaam and the donkey (Numb 22) What is the lesson of the story? Is it descriptive? – Genesis 25:6 (concubines) – 2 chronicles 11:23 (many wives) – Judges 1:17 (family revenge) – Mark 12:41 – 44 (religious forms)
  10. 10. Narrative Is it descriptive? – Ehud kills Eglon – Judges 3:20,21) – Gideon’s fleece – Judges 6 – Acts (2:42 – 48) Is it prescriptive? – May contain prescription: Acts 2:38 – Context must apply
  11. 11. Wisdom Literature Proverbs Ecclesiastes For life application in similar contexts For guided reflection on life Be cautious on doctrine
  12. 12. Noting the Details “Microscopic reading” Where is Elijah? – 2 Kings 2:11 versus John 3:13
  13. 13. Bible Study Tools  Dictionary  Lexicon  Concordance  Interlinear Bibles  Software  Cross-referencing Bible  Dictionary of Bible imagery  Maps  Study Bible  Commentaries
  14. 14. Logos Bible Software E-sword BibleWorks GoBible YouVersion Accordance
  15. 15. Thank you!

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