Understanding The Bible
Studying The Bible
Lesson 8 - "Explore the Word"
Show Yourself Approved Unto God," 2 Timothy 2:15
Lesson 8 - Explore The
- In this lesson you should have
one or two "study Bibles." These are Bibles that have book
introductions, chapter headings, paragraph headings, an other Bible helps.
- The Ryrie Study Bibles and the
Scofield Reference Bibles have extended Bible notes at the bottom of each
page. These Bibles, Open Bible, the Thompson Chain Bible, and
several other study bibles also have concordances, dictionaries, and topical
studies (or topical groupings of verses) in them as well.
- Start with the notes at the
bottom of your study Bible. Go to the pages where your study verses are
and read about them there.
- Find the "key words" (words
that carry the meaning of each verse or phrase (words like: Love, Money,
Death, Conscience, suffering, temptation) and look them up in the Topical
Index. Find out how these words are used in other verses that may help
you understand how they are used in your verses.
- Take these same "key words" and
look them up in the Concordance in the same manner as you did with the Topical
- Check the Book Introduction for
the date of the writer then find the "Bible Timeline" to see what else was
happening in the Bible world when the book was written.
- Also look at the Maps in your
study Bible, now that you have a date for the author, and see where the events
of your passage take place.
- Feel free at this point in your
study to go outside the information contained within your Bible - However, I
will again remind you to STAY AWAY FROM COMMENTARIES. Our aim is for YOU
to learn to "comment" on Bible passages. Referring to a commentary (or many
commentaries) is saved until YOU have drawn your conclusions for yourself.
Then you can compare them with a book commentary.
Some terms and books you should be familiar with for your
Bible Dictionary - Comes in
many sizes, for small I like the "Handy Dictionary of the Bible," by Merrill C.
Tenney. For my personal library size I have the "Unger's Bible
Dictionary," by Merrill F. Unger.
Bible Maps, Maps of the Holy Land, Bible Geographies
Bible Companions - Books that contain just Bible helps and not the
Scriptures themselves. I use the "A Companion to the New Scofield
Reference Bible" by E. Schuyler English
Move to the Next Lesson:
Lesson 9 - "Discern the Word"