After you’ve done your observation, word studies, outlining and answered the questions you generated, it’s time to start putting it all together. In this step, you want to collect, refine and organize all those details you observed into a coherent meaning.
Genesis 49 recounts Jacob calling his sons together to bless them. How are we to understand this passage? Is Judah really a “lion’s whelp (49:7)? Zebulun a haven for ships (49:13)? Issacher a strong donkey (49:14)? Are we to take Jacob’s words literally or not? We use figurative language all the time: “I’ll have to […]
An analytical outline is a way of displaying a text of Scripture so that the flow of thought and the relationship between the grammatical parts become clear. It is my favorite study tool and one of the first things I do. Learn how to make one.
You may have been taught to create a list of questions, using the “5Ws and H” (who, what, when, where, why, how). If you need some help learning how to use the “5Ws and H”, here are some questions to get you started.
When learning how to study the Bible, you’ve probably heard the expression “context is king”, meaning context is the arbitrator that rules a particular interpretation valid or not. But how do you use context to decide between possible interpretations?