Manuscript bible study method:
This method is one of the most effective way of studying bible. You can really dig deeper into the word of God and find treasures. In the next few paragraphs, I will show you how to use Manuscript bible study method. I am not very strict in following the method and have modified it a bit. I have been blessed in my quiet time and personal bible study (check out: How do do your Quiet Time). I hope and pray that this may be useful to you.
Things you need:
- Wide-margin manuscript of biblical book (You can print the bible passage with wide margin on both sides, if you don’t want to write in your bible.)
- Colored pencils or pen
- Bible dictionary (If available) (Free Bible Study Resources Online)
- Bible concordance (If available)
- Look for and write down: (Highlight with different colors)
- Read the passage 2-3 times as you start marking.
- Repeated words and ideas (Assign different colors, symbols)
- Repeated themes (‘Son of God’ etc)
- Key words such as ‘therefore’, ‘but’, ‘then’, ‘because’ etc.
- Setting of writing or event
- Time of day, month or year
- Cause and effect
- Use Bible dictionary when words, places or peoples identities or customs are unclear.
- Make connections
- Write down your ideas
- Ask yourself why the author decided to tell the details
- Feel free to draw lines, arrows between different words
- Find out the main message of the passage
- Give few interesting titles for the passage
- How can you apply what you have learned in your daily life?
- How can you relate to the event or teaching in the passage?
- There can be many applications depending upon the passage you are studying. I will post some of my manuscript bible study. This is the basic method for the manuscript study, you can also add many more things to it.
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