Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bible Chewing and Beyond--getting a handle on the details

Weekly lesson post is available at Sanctify Collegium: Bible Chewing and Beyond

Three Key questions
  • What did the passage meant?
  • What does it mean?
  • How we might respond?
Getting the Details

An important piece of the first question is getting a handle on the details of the passage. The basic reporters' questions (How? Who? What? When? Where? Why?) are a great tool here. Read through the passage several times. As you read, be curious. Pause at each phrase and write down your questions. At this point, do not stop and search for answers (although, do write down any that occur), keep reading and asking. Next, read over your questions and determine which questions are most important for understanding the text. Beginning at the passage (e.g., Revelation 5) and moving on to the book (e.g., Revelation), the testament (e.g., New Testament), and the whole bible, search for answers. Also helpful here are Bible Dictionaries and Introductions. Some online and book resources are listed below.

Online Resources: Answering Questions
Online Resources: The Process of Study
Book Resources

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