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RETURN TO HOW TO STUDY…SYLLABUS

Bible Perspectives: How to Study the Bible for Yourself — Part I
Lesson #03
Your A B C’s of Interpretation

  • Spiritual Diary Discussion
  • Homework Discussion: Verse Analysis Bible Study [To go to the Homework Answers–for the teacher]
    • Phil 2:16
    • Col 3:16
    • Jer 15:16

  • Class Lesson: Principles for Interpreting the Word of God
    • Rules for Interpretation:
      • =1=

    Take it literally (Phi 3:15-16)

  • =2=
  • Keep it in context (Mat 5:29)

  • =3=
  • How is it used by the same author in the same book? In different books?

  • =4=
  • Watch for idioms.

  • =5=
  • Be alert to figurative use:

    • Metaphors
      • A metaphor is a figure of speech in which one thing is made to be another different thing and spoken of as though it were that other thing.
        • Example: Mat 5:13
    • Similes
      • A simile is a figure of speech in which one thing is made like another thing that is not similar by the use of the words, “like”, “as”, and “so”.
        • Example: Mat 10:16
    • Analogies
      • An analogy is a figure of speech comparing something point by point with something else. One thing explains the other.
        • Example: 1Joh 1:5
    • Hyperbole
      • A hyperbole is a figure of speech that exaggerates for emphasis. It is not to be taken literally.
        • Example: Mar 11:23
    • Anthropomorphism
      • Anthropomorphism is speech that attributes human shape, form, or characteristics to God, objects, or animals.
        • Example: Exo 33:23

  • Types of Bible Study Methods: #2 The Verse Analysis Study
    • We will be using the same Bible Study method that we learned last week.

    • Homework
      • Work on your Spiritual Diary by reading the Psalms for 10 minutes every day and 5 minutes completing one section.
      • Don’t forget to add references to “My Personal Concordance” when verses are meaningful to you. You can expand the concordance in include more topics.
      • Using One “Verse Analysis Bible Study” sheet for each homework verse, study the following verses. (Spend 2 days on each verse for 15 minutes each day).
        • 1Peter 2:8
        • 1John 2:5
        • Isaiah 40:8

      #2 Verse Analysis Bible Study:

      Date:

      Verse for Study: 1 Peter 2:8 (copy the verse here)

      Message: (What does the verse say?) 

      Context:

      What thoughts do the preceding verses add? 

      What thoughts do the following verses add? 

      Questions: 

      Application:

      #2 Verse Analysis Bible Study:

      Date:

      Verse for Study: 1 John 2:5 (copy the verse here) 

      Message: (What does the verse say?) 

      Context:

      What thoughts do the preceding verses add? 

      What thoughts do the following verses add? 

      Questions: 

      Application:

       #2 Verse Analysis Bible Study:

      Date:

      Verse for Study: Isaiah 40:8 (copy the verse here) 

      Message: (What does the verse say?)

       Context:

      What thoughts do the preceding verses add? 

       What thoughts do the following verses add?

       Questions:

      Application:

       

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I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1963 giving my heart to Jesus in a Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles, CA. I have been teaching the Word of God since 1964, Usually two to three adult classes a week.

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