Types of bible study
There are two types of bible study. The approach or skills used in studying the bible passages with IBS and MBS ways are the same. They include:
Inductive Bible study (IBS): This form or type of bible study is done by a way of listing questions to study the passage under a specific topic. Here, a passage of the bible is studied by generating some questions that address the topic of study, observation question, and interpretation of the passage and application of the lessons of the study.
Manuscript Bible study (MBS): The original bible was written in scroll with chapters and verses. In this form of study, a passage of the bible under study is captured with the addition of its chapters and verses. Here, the passage under study is generated by eliminating the chapters and verses. This helps to know the flow of the original scroll and grasp more of the passage without verses and chapters.
Bible study Methods: [Skills in bible study]
There are several skill used to studying passages of the bible. These skills help you to understand the bible even as the Holy Spirit aids you to unveil the meaning. The first step to bible study is reading the passage many times. When you have read then the following is carried out: having your pen and book for writing things down, the skills to employ are;
Observation skill: While reading the passage, the things to observe are; the characters, location or place, figures of speech (such as simile), cause to effect (statements that leads to actions), repeating words (repeating words gives more emphasis to the passage), etc. when you are through with the above observations, the next thing to do is to generate observation questions. Observations are questions you generate from the passage of study. The answer to these questions must be from the passage of study and not from other passage of the bible. Observation question starts with the following- ‘what, where, who, how (sometimes) and when. In the observation, know who is writing the passage, to whom is it addresses to and the historical background of the passage.
For example: an observation question and answer from the above passage under introduction is as follows: (Observation question) what are the holy scriptures profitable for? (Answer), it is profitable for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. You must be strict not to add to the answer from another passage. You must generate many observation questions for you to understand the passage.
Interpretation: For interpretation of a bible passage, the interpretation questions start with ‘why and how’. The answers demand you to explain in details. The answer can be generated from the passage of study or from other passage of the bible. Interpretation is the high point of bible study. This gives you the depth of the passage and must be done with seriousness. In interpretation, you employ other scriptural verses from other passages in order to answer the questions. Notice: Any interpretations that lack the presence or fulfillment in Christ Jesus is invalid. This is because, the bible is all about Jesus, and He must be seen in all interpretation and all verses.
For example, using the passage from, 1 Timothy 4:13, (interpretation question) why should we be diligent to study? This answer differs because the different levels of understanding and exposure by the members of the bible study group. Some people can answer the following in full details giving references to other passages of the bible. We study diligently in order to show ourselves as approved unto God. We also study to get ourselves equipped for unto all good works and to prepare ourselves against the devices of the devil. There are many reasons that can give answers to the question. I hope you are following?
Application: Application is the most interesting part of bible study. Here, resolutions of what you have learnt or understood are brought to personal basis. This is more of take home, things you will began to do that came as result of the bible study. For example, you can resolve as application that you will study diligently.
What are the rules of Bible study interpretations?
The interpretation of the Bible comes from the Holy Spirit. These are men’s observation and application to what they are using, you can follow these rules and they are not out of biblical context. They rather build you conviction to value the word of God. These rules include:
- The rule of divine authority: the bible is the final authority and end of all arguments (2 peter 1:19-20)
- The rule of context: you should study the bible and interpret it as it is written literally, also consider the preceding and proceeding verses as well as other related verses or chapters of the bible that relates that topic.
- Rule of first mention: There some word or phrases that appear first in the bible like Old or new Testament (the first place a word appear before other verses or places) has a key meaning anywhere it is mention again in other verses and chapters of the Bible.
- The rule of repetition: this places emphasis and should be taken cognizance of.
- Rule of cumulative effect: the full truth of word for doctrine or teaching is not derived from an isolated passage or verse. This means you need other scriptures to support which the word of God does not contradict itself.