Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bible Study - Verna Dozier's Method

This is a simple format for bible study. Don't neglect the second step. Especially with Old Testament material Christians too often interpret scripture without considering its original context.
  • Clarify what the passage is saying. What do the words in the passage mean? Why do certain translations use different words? What do commentaries say about any obscurities in the passage? What nuances do the words have that may not be apparent in English?

  • Clarify why the passage was preserved. What was the significance of this passage to the community that preserved it? What were the issues they were dealing with at the time? How did this passage speak to those issues?

  • Reflect on what the passage means for us today. What is the passage calling us to do?
    Close with prayer.

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