How to Read Your Bible

How to get started in reading and studying your Bible.

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About this Class

A college-level class on how to study the Bible inductively, which emphasizes the most basic tools, principles, and processes for moving from the sound reading of the Scriptures to application.

Thank you to Clint Rodgers for volunteering to make the outlines for each lecture.

Lectures

Lecture 1

Dr. Guthrie uses the word picture of taking a trip to describe the process of how we study the Bible.

Lecture 2

What motivates us to read and study the Bible consistently?

Lecture 3

Discusses concordances, study Bibles, translations (formal and functional equivalents), Bible dictionaries, Bible study software, etc, as well as the basic commitments one needs for Bible study.

Lecture 4

Treats the central importance of historical context and warns against related fallacies

Lecture 5

Points out the importance of reading a passage in its literary context, and with regard for the appropriate genre (e.g., the psalm, the proverb, apocalyptic). The concentric circle diagram is not available for you to look at, but you can draw it from the description Dr. Guthrie gives in the lecture.

Lecture 6

Careful observation is critical because you can't interpret or apply what you never see. Dr. Guthrie also discusses how to distinguish between the backbone of a passage and its support material. Make sure to write out the definition of observation that Dr. Guthrie gives at the 9 minute mark of the lecture.

Lecture 7

Stresses that words have a range of meaning and that context determines meaning. Examines five fallacies in word study before laying out a plan for effective word studies

Lecture 8

The proper steps for reliable and effective application of Scripture to life

Lecture 9

To illustrate the proper steps in examining a passage of Scripture, Colossians 2 is explained and the steps applied

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