How to Read Your Bible George Guthrie

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.

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    6 hours
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    Regent College
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    Bible Study Methods
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Dr. Guthrie uses the word picture of taking a trip to describe the process of how we study the Bible.


What motivates us to read and study the Bible consistently?


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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

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How to Read Your Bible - Student's Guide

Dr. George Guthrie

In this text, Dr. George Guthrie will guide you through the basic process of reading your Bible. You will be motivated to consistently read and study your Bible, observing the text of Scripture carefully so you understand the meaning accurately, and learning how to use basic Bible study tools so you can understand the historical and literary context of a passage. You will learn the process of studying key words in a passage, learning the habit of praying that God will help you understand the meaning and application of the text, and asking what the passage teaches you about your relationship with God.

Meet the Professors

Professor of New Testament

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the programs intended for?

The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.

Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?

In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.