Series: Introduction to the Bible

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Study Methods

In this lesson, we speak about different methods for studying the Bible. We address Bible memorization, repetitive reading, and walk through an introductory discourse analysis. Download the handout

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Tools and Resources for Bible Study

In this lesson, we speak about different tools and resources that can assist in studying the Bible. We address Bible translations, dictionaries, atlases, commentaries, and several others. Download the handout

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The Bible as Literature

In this lesson, we consider the Bible as a work of literature, that is a text written with intention toward a beauty of expression and artistry. We also consider the different genres of Scripture and how they guide our interpretation. Download the handout

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Reading and Interpreting Theologically

Scripture cannot be treated as a bare or flat compilation of discreet data. It is an organic, progressively unfolding, history of divine special revelation. Treating Scripture exclusively as a static whole would be to neglect this essential aspect of its character, and therefore it is important to take methodological steps to prevent such mishandling. Biblical...

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Canon and Textual Criticism (Part 2)

Whereas canon addresses the question of “which books” are God’s Word, textual criticism addresses the question, “Which texts?” We continue our introduction to the Bible by looking into how the Biblical texts have been transmitted through the centuries and how we can be confident we have God’s infallible and inerrant Word today. Download the handout

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Canon and Textual Criticism (Part 1)

We recognize sixty-six books as Holy Scripture: thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New Testament. How were these books recognized? How do we know we have the correct books? Why don’t we include all the books the Roman Catholic Church includes (Apocrypha)? “Canon” comes from Green and Hebrew words that refer to...

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Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura means “Scripture alone,” but there’s a few ways to take that. Sola Scriptura is all about the authority, sufficiency, and ultimacy of God’s Word—not the individual interpreter. It’s a matter of starting point. God’s Word is self-attesting. Download the handout

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Scripture as Divine Revelation

True religion is based on divine revelation. We do not depend upon ourselves to know everything. God has made himself and his will known to us. In this lesson, we consider how Revelation serves as the principium (basic principle, foundation) of all true theology. We discuss different forms and modes of revelation as well as the...

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Bible History

In this lesson, we’re seeking to gain an understanding of the big picture of the Bible. We will cover an overview of biblical history as well as the chronology of the biblical books. But we’re also seeking to establish a framework for understanding the events. The bible is historical, but this is not bare history....