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1)  Find out the historical setting.

2)  Find out who wrote the book.

3)  Find out who the book was written to (if anyone).

4)  What was the purpose of the book?

a) Historical

b) Poetry

c) Teaching/encouragement

d) Prophecy

e) Any combination of the above

5)  Read the book straight through , fairly quickly

6)  Then go back through, applying the 3 steps of observation,

interpretation, and application (to be discussed later).

7)  Remember each book of the Bible fits into the whole and must be

interpreted in light of the whole Bible.

 

B.  Topical Study

 

1)  Choose a topic (ex.: faith, prayer, sin, the Holy Spirit).

2)  Look in a concordance to find all references to your topic.

3)  Study each passage in and of itself and how it relates to the others,

and remember to keep each passage in context of the book.

 

C.  Character Study

 

1)  Choose a Biblical character.

2)  Study the areas of Scripture that deal with that particular person (use a

topical index to locate those references -- can also be found in your

study Bible).

3)  Work to understand the whole setting the person was in.

4)  Try to put yourself in that person’s sandals/pumps.

5)  Ask yourself questions as to why the person’s life was the way it was.

 

D.  Historical Study

 

Study the historical books of the Bible (e.g. Genesis, Exodus, 1 and 2

Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Joshua, Judges, Ezra, Nehemiah, The Gospels, and

Acts).

 

IV.       Steps to Studying the Scriptures

 

A. Observation

 

Simply observe the facts!  (Who?  When?  Where?  Why written?

Context?!  Commands!  Promises!  Other observations.)

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