Happy #theologythursdays📖, gals! We are in a series on HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE. Click here to refresh your memory ➡️ #theologythursdaysletsstudy. .
🌼Let’s recap! You’ve looked into the background of a book of the Bible, you’ve sought God’s wisdom in prayer, you’ve repetitively read the book & your reading time has lead you to ask good questions. You’ve checked cross references & have kept the major themes of Scripture at the forefront of your mind. .
🌼Thanks to repetitive reading, you are probably quite familiar with the text. This is a great time to go section by section & attempt to paraphrase &/or summarize portions of Scripture. Paraphrasing is rewording the text, putting a portion of Scripture into your own words. Similarly, summarizing is breaking down the text & writing out the main points of each portion in your own words. Whether summarizing or paraphrasing, keep in mind that the goal of Bible study is to uncover the author's intended meaning. 🌼Exercise caution when using these methods so as not to pour your own meaning into the text, but rather to extract the true meaning. 🌼Summarizing & paraphrasing are both powerful ways of pressing yourself to grow in your understanding. These disciplines also help to make sure you are understanding scripture within its proper context. .
🌼Helpful Tip: Adding other Bible translations will be helpful now. You can read each portion of Scripture in one or two additional translations. This will provide greater depth of meaning & perhaps aid you in putting the text into your own words. I recommend using the following translations: ESV, NASB, NKJV
🌼At this point, it will also be good to go back to the questions you’ve been asking & write out any answers that have become clear through your repetitive reading, checking cross references, & paraphrasing/summarizing. 🌼A word of caution: Be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that every question MUST be answered. Some questions will remain unanswered because answers simply are not given, either in the book or all of Scripture. We run the risk of abusing the text when we try to force an answer that really isn’t there.