FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE
By John MacArthur, Jr
LITERAL: What is the natural meaning of the text as it is read? What are the literary forms used? (eg. metaphor, symbolism, parables…) What is the intended meaning of the writer or speaker?
HOW TO READ YOUR BIBLE
By F. B. Meyer
The Divine Teacher must have fixed and uninterrupted hours for meeting His scholars. His Word must have our freshest and brightest thoughts. We must give Him our best and the firstfruits of our days. Hence,
PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY FOR THE PURPOSE OF LIFE CHANGE
I. Review Entire Passage to Study A. Read passage 3 - 4 times B. Ask questions.
1. Who are the main personalities?
2. What is the major emphasis?
3. Why was this written?
SEVEN KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE
By Tremper Longman III
Everyone who reads the Bible interprets the text. Unfortunately, however, the Bible is not always easy to understand. Even when the text seems straightforward, we may feel uncertain that our interpretation is right. All of us want to treat the Word of God with the respect it deserves, and we certainly don’t want to read into it things that are not there.
Topical breakdown (10:1-28:27)
If you’ll give me fifteen minutes a day for thirty days, I’ll give you an understanding of the Bible, the most widely distributed publication in history (approximately four billion copies). In one month, you’ll learn the story of the entire Bible... all the major men and women, all the major events, and all the major points of geography. You will be able to put these people and facts together in their proper chronological order and trace the geographical movement as you think your way through the entire Bible!
30 DAYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE
By Thomas Nelson
FINDING DIRECTION IN THE 'GRAY' AREAS
Many questions with which the Christian will be faced will be questions that will find no easy resolution from Scripture. There are many issues of life to which the Bible does not give simple answers. That is to say, you cannot necessarily find a clear verse that gives direct and unequivocal guidance in every existential issue.