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How To Study The Bible

Updated on November 7, 2011

Pastor Paula White

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Bible Study Principles To Learn How To Study The Bible

Bible study is a lost art, and for some most don't know how to study the Bible. Learning how to study the Bible is not hard and in fact it's very fun! Bible study in fact is one of the greatest fulfillments one can have as a Christian!

Hosea 4:6 says "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..."

Proverbs 25:2 says "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings is to search out a matter."

So in this hub I'm am going to give you some simple but yet powerful methods to show you how to study the Bible. Like i said Bible study is wonderful, and when you really get into it, its like watching a movie because The Word of God comes alive and off the pages.

Charles Stanley
Charles Stanley
Bishop Noel Jones
Bishop Noel Jones
Joyce Myers
Joyce Myers

How To Study the Bible Practial Principles

Some Rules to Apply:

1. A relationship with God

2. Read and listen

3. Reverence the Bible

4. Get the whole story

5. No shortcuts, read the whole Bible

6. Be patient

7. Do not be intimidated

8. Recognize the main characters

9. Recognize key words

10. Place yourself in the Word

11. Learn the background of the passage

Some Bible Study Tools:

1. Different types of Bibles, KJV, NIV, NKJ, AMP, etc.

2. Dictionary

3. Commentary's

4. Concordance

Bibles For Study:

1. Life Application

2. Full Life Study Bible

3. New Open Bible

4. Amplified Bible

5. Thompson's Chain Reference Bible

Concordances For Study:

1 Strong's

2. Youngs

3. Crudens

4. Zondervan

Bible Dictionaries For Study:

1. Harpers

2. Zondervan

3. W.E. Vines

4. Ungers

Bible Handbooks:

1. Ungers

2. Haileys Bible Handbook

Commentaries For Study:

1. Matthew Henry

2. Pulpit

3. Jamieson Farsset and Brown

4. Eerdmans

5. Baker House

Thematic Study:

Charles Stanley

Kevin J. Conner

Max Lucado

Andrew Murray

E.W. Kenyon

C.W. Shenning

Watchman Nee

T.D. Jakes

John Richie

Fushia Picket

Myles Munroe

Noel Jones

Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop Tudor Bismark
Bishop Tudor Bismark

Preparing To Study The Bible

Devotional Bible- "Virgin" for fresh revelation.

Study Bible- "Broken In" for the hallmark of personal notes and growth.

Key Rules For Study:

1. Bible drill- locate scriptures; dexterity with The Word.

2. Pray before, during and after studying.

3. If we are to know the Book of God, we must first know the God of the Book.

4. Read the Bible itself. Read it, read it, and read it again. Use your: Eye gate, Ear gate and do not search books about the scriptures before you search the scriptures themselves!

5. Read the Bible as the Word of God. It is not "just another good book"! Read it with reverence!

6. Read the Bible "as it is" without adding or subtracting words. Read the Bible with attention to background setting and context. Read the Bible in the order that it is written (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus....Revelation)

7. Begin at the beginning, Genesis, and go forward. That's what Jesus did when He taught.

8. There are no shortcuts. It took God over 1500 years to complete the Bible. We err if we think we can master the Bible in a year.

9. Read the Bible patiently. Problem passages will arise. Pray and wait. God is His own interpreter.

10. Do not let unfamiliar words or phrases discourage you. Stop and look them up.

11. Remember that the Bible is a continual story from Creation to World History to Ultimate World Judgment. It covers a vast scope of time and each scripture has its place.

12. Look for main characters. The Bible deals with persons, not periods or movements.

13. Watch for key words such as: Law, Grace, Redemption, Sin, Salvation, God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Heaven, Hell, Passover, Resurrection, Judgment, Forgiveness, and Atonement. They will be ongoing in the flow of Scripture, so master them early.

14. Relate the Bible to yourself. Put yourself in the Word. See yourself in the Scriptures and they will come alive in you.

15. Learn the background of each passage. Some things were written for us (our edification)but may not have been written to us. The letter may have been for someone else, or another time, but the Spirit of the passage has principles that we can live by.

Example: The Law of Moses was given to Israel but the Spirit of the Law is still applicable to us today.

Some of the Prophets were written for Israel's time; sometimes they referred to the time of Christ; and some refer to a time yet to come, even beyond us.

16. Read regularly.

17. Write down discoveries on a note pad (journal)

18. Walk out what you read.

19. Pass on what you read.

20. Seek Him diligently in all your studies, and He will reward your faithfulness.

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Lord Make Me Over

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Survey Of The Bible

To learn how to study the Bible properly one mustĀ also know somewhat the history of the Bible, and to understand The Bible's origins and what the Bible is?!

What is "The Bible"?

The Bible is a sacred Book, or collection of books, accepted by the Christian church as uniquely inspired by God, and thus authoritative, providing guidelines for belief and behavior.

2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

Being the written Word of God, the Bible is a means by which we can begin to know some of God's thought. What are God's thought towards us? What is the theme of the Bible?

It is God's Redeeming Love.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Canon of the Bible

The word canon means a "rod"-- specifically, a rod with graduated marks used for measuring length. This word refers to the list of individual books that were eventually judged as authoritative and included as a part of the Old testament and the New Testament.

Canon: The Christian Term "Canon"is a word of Christian origin that comes from the Greek word kanon, which in turn is probably borrowed from the Hebrew word, qaneh, meaning a reed or measuring rod, hence, norm or rule.

The word "Bible" is the equivalent of the Greek word biblia (diminutive from Biblios, the inner bark of the papyrus), meaning originally "books."

Written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit over a 1500 year period by approximately 40 different writers from different locations, generations, and backgrounds.

2 Peter 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Septuagint version meaning "70", it is the first translation of the Old testament ever made; indeed the Old Testament is the first book of any note in all literature to receive the honor of being translated into another tongue. From here it was translated into Latin and then into English by Wycliff, Tindale, Covendale and Rogers.

In 1611, King James of England authorized 47 scholars to re-translated the Bible from these four sources. However, these scholars came up with the same translation as was the original, thereby authenticating the original translation even the more.

The Apocrypha, the Greek the adjective apokruphos denotes "hidden"; as of visible objects, or obscure, hard to understand. This adjective came into use as a synonym of the classical Greek esoterikos. In later Greek and Latin works, apokruphos denoted a collection of uninspired, uncanonical literature from OT and inter-testamental times, for whose inclusion in the canon arguments have been made. Although the Roman Catholic church accepts them as part of the Biblical canon, these books were never accepted in the Hebrew (and subsequent Christian) canon because:

1.They were never quoted by the Lord Jesus Christ.

2.They were regarded by early Church Fathers as being uninspired.

3.They do not appear in ancient Hebrew scrolls.

4.They are of an inferior writing style and quality.

The Books of the Apocrypha as they appear in the Catholic Versions are:

(1) 1 Esdras; (2) 2 Esdras (3) Tobit; (4) Judith; (5) The Rest of Ester; (6) The Wisdom of Soloman; (7) Ecclesiasticus (also called "Sirach"); (8) Baruch, with the Epistle of Jeremiah; (9) The Song of the Three Holy Children; (10) The History of Susanna; (11) Bel and the Dradon; (12) The Prayer of Manasses; (13) 1 Maccabees; (14) 2 Maccabees.

The Bible contains two major sections known as the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The books of the Old Testament were written over a period of about 1400 years in the Hebrew language, except for a few selected passages, which were written in Aramaic. The Old testament tells of the preparation that was made for Christ's coming.

The New Testament was written over a period of about 100 years. The original language in which it was written was Greek. The New Testament tells of Christ's coming, His life and ministry, and the growth of the early church.

(The New is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed.)


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      Coker Ayowumi 5 years ago

      Jesus you are awesome. I give all GLORY to GOD for the revelation on how to study the Bible. I ask for the grace to walk in it and I receive in Jesus name. Amen. Pastor, God wil continue to show himself to you more of his virtue in Jesus name. Amen.

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      Coker Ayowumi 5 years ago

      Jesus you are awesome. I give all GLORY to GOD for the revelation on how to study the Bible. I ask for the grace for walk in it and I receive in Jesus name. Amen. Pastor, God wil continue to show himself to you more of his virtue in Jesus name. Amen.

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      Larry Silverstein 6 years ago




      Sometimes You ARE What You READ!

      The Traditional Jewish View of Modesty

      King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

      Matthew 18:6

      “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

      “Beware the teachings of the Pharisees”



      Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Niddah

      Niddah 44b


      GEMARA. Our Rabbis taught: A girl of the age of three years may be betrothed by intercourse; so R. Meir. But the Sages say: Only one who is three years and one day old. What is the practical difference between them? — The school of R Jannai replied: The practical difference between them is the day preceding the first day of the fourth year.35 R. Johanan, however, replied: The practical difference between them is the rule that thirty days of a year are counted as the full year.36

      An objection was raised: A girl of the age of three years and even one of the age of two years and one day may be betrothed by intercourse; so R. Meir. But the Sages say: Only one who is three years and one day old.

      23 ubject to her father's approval.

      24 he brother of her deceased childless husband, whose duty it is to contract the levirate marriage with her.

      25 In consequence of which he gains possession of his deceased brother's estate, is entitled if she dies to inherit her own estate and even if he is a priest, he may defile himself to her as to a legally married wife.

      26 Punishable by death.

      27 Lit., 'on account of the wife of a man'.

      28 If, for instance, her father betrothed her to one man and another cohabited with her.

      29 When a menstruant.

      30 Lit., 'lower couch'.

      31 Lit., 'like the upper'.

      32 A bastard or a slave, for instance.

      33 Sc. if she was the daughter of a priest she loses the privilege of eating terumah.

      34 Being a minor.

      35 Lit., 'the eve of the beginning of the year'. According to R. Meir she attains the prescribed age on that day while according to the Rabbis she does not attain it until the following day.

      36 According to R. Meir the prescribed age is attained as soon as thirty days of the third year have passed, while according to the Rabbis it is not attained until the first day of the fourth year.

      Three Year Old Brides

      When Christ accused the Pharisees of His day of being Satan’s spiritual children, He fully realized what they were capable of. Second century Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, one of Judaism’s very greatest rabbis and a creator of Kabbalah, sanctioned pedophilia—permitting molestation of baby girls even younger than three! He proclaimed,

      “A proselyte who is under the age of three years and a day is permitted to marry a priest.” 1 Subsequent rabbis refer to ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia as "halakah," or binding Jewish law. 2 Has ben Yohai, child rape advocate, been disowned by modern Jews? Hardly. Today, in ben Yohai’s hometown of Meron, Israel, tens of thousands of orthodox and ultra-orthodox Jews gather annually for days and nights of singing and dancing in his memory.

      References to pedophilia abound in the Talmud. They occupy considerable sections of Treatises Kethuboth and Yebamoth and are enthusiastically endorsed by the Talmud’s definitive legal work, Treatise Sanhedrin.

      The Pharisees Endorsed Child Sex

      The rabbis of the Talmud are notorious for their legal hairsplitting, and quibbling debates. But they share rare agreement about their right to molest three year old girls. In contrast to many hotly debated issues, hardly a hint of dissent rises against the prevailing opinion (expressed in many clear passages) that pedophilia is not only normal but scriptural as well! It’s as if the rabbis have found an exalted truth whose majesty silences debate.

      Because the Talmudic authorities who sanction pedophilia are so renowned, and because pedophilia as “halakah” is so explicitly emphasized, not even the translators of the Soncino edition of the Talmud (1936) dared insert a footnote suggesting the slightest criticism. They only comment: “Marriage, of course, was then at a far earlier age than now.” 3

      In fact, footnote 5 to Sanhedrin 60b rejects the right of a Talmudic rabbi to disagree with ben Yohai's endorsement of pedophilia: "How could they [the rabbis], contrary to the opinion of R. Simeon ben Yohai, which has scriptural support, forbid the marriage of the young proselyte?" 4

      Out of Babylon

      It was in Babylon after the exile under Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC that Judaism's leading sages probably began to indulge in pedophilia. Babylon was the staggeringly immoral capitol of the ancient world. For 1600 years, the world’s largest population of Jews flourished within it.

      As an example of their evil, Babylonian priests said a man's religious duty included regular sex with temple prostitutes. Bestiality was widely tolerated. So Babylonians hardly cared whether a rabbi married a three year old girl.

      But with expulsion of the Jews in the 11th century AD, mostly to western Christian lands, Gentile tolerance of Jewish pedophilia abruptly ended.

      Still, a shocking contradiction lingers: If Jews want to revere the transcendent wisdom and moral guidance of the Pharisees and their Talmud, they must accept the right of their greatest ancient sages to violate children. To this hour, no synod of Judaism has repudiated their vile practice.

      Sex with a “Minor” Permitted

      What exactly did these sages say?

      The Pharisees justified child rape by explaining that a boy of nine years was not a “man” Thus they exempted him from God’s Mosaic Law:

      “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Leviticus. 18:22)

      One passage in the Talmud gives permission for a woman who molested her young son to marry a high priest. It concludes,

      “All agree that the connection of a boy aged nine years and a day is a real connection; whilst that of one less than eight years is not." 5

      Because a boy under 9 is sexually immature, he can't "throw guilt" on the active offender, morally or legally. 6

      A woman could molest a young boy without questions of morality even being raised:

      "…the intercourse of a small boy is not regarded as a sexual act." 7

      The Talmud also says,

      "A male aged nine years and a day who cohabits with his deceased brother's wife acquires her (as wife)."

      8 Clearly, the Talmud teaches that a woman is permitted to marry and have sex with a nine year old boy.

      Sex at Three Years and One Day

      In contrast to Simeon ben Yohai's dictum that sex with a little girl is permitted under the age of three years, the general teaching of the Talmud is that the rabbi must wait until a day after her third birthday. She could be taken in marriage simply by the act of rape.

      R. Joseph said: Come and hear! A maiden aged three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition and if her deceased husband’s brother cohabits with her, she becomes his. (Sanhedrin 55b)

      A girl who is three years of age and one day may be betrothed by cohabitation. . . .(. Yebamoth 57b)

      A maiden aged three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition, and if her deceased husband’s brother cohabited with her she becomes his. (Sanhedrin. 69a, 69b, also discussed in Yebamoth. 60b)

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      sweetguide 6 years ago from River side

      Interesting hub and very witty. Will enjoy reading more from you. God Bless you

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      April Reynolds 6 years ago from Arizona

      This is a very good overview of the bible. I really like your advice on how to study the Bible. Especially number 4 under rules for study. Thank you for the insight!

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      Dusty Farrell 6 years ago

      A shift of focus is occurring, from man as a physical being to realizing as never before our Father defines us as spirit, His sons and daughters. The Bible is a cohesive spirit message from a spirit Father to His spirit children. This new perspective will bring the perfect unity as foretold.

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      Pollyannalana 8 years ago from US

      I think everyone is so afraid they have to read the King James version and for years that is what kept me from reading.All the thee's and thou's put me to sleep before I could get through a page,I want to read the way I understand and the way I talk, but people are so afraid not to....why?

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      twill4jc 8 years ago

      Thank you all so much for the encouragement! For sometimes it feels like my words fall on deaf ears. But when someone comes thru and says that they are blessed, or strengthen by one of my hubs it helps me to keep going.

      God bless

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, tips on how to study the Bible. I'm loving it!! Blessing my friend!!!

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      create a page 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I really love this hub. You have so much to offer.

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      Amanda Davey 8 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

      Thanks for sharing this information. It is useful to see how someone else recommends studying The Bible.