Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How Do I Study the Bible? Session 2

Notes from January 15 Sonrise Bible Study

Discovery Steps (The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study/Oletta Wald):

1. Observe: What does it say? (exegesis versus eisegesis!)

2. Interpret: What does it mean?

3. Summarize: What is the big idea?

4. Evaluate: What is the value for today?

5. Apply: What does it mean to me?

6. Actualize: What shall I do?

A Popular Synthesis

1. Observe

2. Interpret

3. Apply

The Bible as Revelation

Reveal: To draw back a veil so that something previously hidden can be seen (verbal or visual).

  • Propositional Revelation: “Verbal”

    The Bible is “propositional revelation” from God through human mediators (2 Tim. 3:15-16).

Protestant Bible Stuff

o 66 books (39 OT/27 NT)

o Message is inspired: God worked supernaturally through human authors to bring about His revelation.

o OT written prior to life of Jesus/NT central focus is Jesus

o Original languages (primarily): Hebrew/OT & Greek/NT

o Genres (general "headings" for types of literature... though there are genres within genres!):

1. Narrative (Genesis, First half of Exodus, Numbers,
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings,
1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Jonah)

2. Law (Last half of Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy)

3. Wisdom: (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes)

4. Poetry: (Psalms, Song of Solomon, Lamentations)

5. Prophecy: (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea,
Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,
Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah)

6. Apocalyptic (subset of Prophecy): (Daniel, Revelation)

7. Gospel: (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)

8. Epistle (letter): (Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians,
1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1, 2 &
3 Peter, 3 John, Jude)

Next Session: January 29

1. Read Chapter 5 in Discovery

2. Read Luke: 23: 32-49 (but don’t do exercise… we will do this
together in two weeks!)

Random comments...

"There are a number of ways to approach Bible Study. We're looking at one way to do it. My prayer is that we don't lose sight of the fact that this is not about processes and methods... or learning for learning's sake... but about better equipping ourselves to know and love and serve our God."

"What is application? Could be putting our feet to the ground in active service. Could also be the heart change that comes from being jolted awake by the God we meet in Scripture."

"The Bible in the broadest sense is narrative... it tells a story... there's a protagonist... an antagonist... there's a plot line... there's tension... and ultimate resolution. First time I heard this explained, it made me uncomfortable. When I hear 'plot line,' I think about a human accredited work... like Macbeth or something... makes me think 'fiction.' But when we talk in these terms... we don't negate the fact that the words of Scripture are inspired... by God... and because it's from God... it is utterly inerrant... is is true. So when we say things like "narrative"... we're merely suggesting a style of communication that was employed to convey God's truth... an assemblage of thoughts into words... such that people could understand."

"... and from this broad perspective... we can begin to see how the various books relate to the whole. This is an important perspective to keep in mind as we go along... and we try and guard against the inclination to pluck out and run away with chunks of Scripture in isolation... not only from an historical and near textual context ... but from the context of the whole."

"My lipstick has lead in it... does yours???"

On my iPod... Say by John Mayer

A Dose of Wisdom: "I can tell you how to study the Bible... pick it up... and start reading it!" -My Mom!


Anonymous said...

Great study!
It is great to know that I am not alone in feeling so confused when reading the bible.
It is extremely intimidating to seat in a bible study where several students talk big words and find everything in the bible with a quick page turn.
I really appreciate your way of teaching, it is inspirational!
It gives us the power to learn on our own pace and level!

Sarah Onderdonk said...

E... it's a joy to be on this discovery journey with you!

Love, Sarah

p.s. LOL over that card. Oh. My. Thank you!