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HOW  TO  STUDY  THE  BIBLE,  part  4  quotes

1)    “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.

2)     There are 8 main methods of studying the Bible which have proven themselves to be of the greatest benefit:
#1 - The Comparative Method of Bible Study.
#2 - The Analytical Method of Bible Study.
#3 - The Synthetic Study of the Bible.
#4 - The Prophetic Study of the Bible.
#5 - Topical or Thematic Study of the Bible.
#6 - Historical Study of the Bible.
#7 - Bible Study by Books.
#8 - the Sword Method of Bible Study

3)    Study Method #3 - The Synthetic Study of the Bible.

     The Synthetic study of the Bible is just the opposite of the Analytical Method.  Instead of analyzing each word, this Synthetic Study consists in building up an idea of what a book or a chapter or a part of the Scriptures is teaching.  It accomplishes this by putting its various leading events and subjects together in order to make a picture of the whole.

     There are also 4 rules to follow in using this Synthetic method.

     #1 - Choose a book or a section of a book in the Bible and carefully, prayerfully and thoughtfully read through it.

     #2 - Read this Bible book or section through all at one time, and try to see the big picture, avoiding focusing upon any one particular aspect.

     #3 - Read all this book or section several times, and notice any new glimpses of its contents that you discover.

     #4 - Do not use commentaries or any other reference books.  You can use Bible maps to locate specific locations, and also dictionaries to gain the correct meaning of words.

4)    To get a big picture of what the book of Genesis teaches, begin by reading carefully, prayerfully and thoughtfully through the first chapter, and notice that this chapter deals with God creating the world and the many things that are in it and about it.

     Read chapter 2 and notice that the same creation story is continued, but in a different way from chapter 1.

     Read the 3rd chapter and notice that it brings out the story of the Fall, of sin and its consequences, God’s promise and remedy for sin and its consequences, and this same story is continued on in various details until the conclusion of the 5th chapter.

     In chapter 6 notice that sin has spread until the whole world is destined for destruction by God with a flood of water, and this flood story and the events immediately following it continues through to the 9th chapter.

     In Genesis 10 and 11 we notice the origin of nations, the peopling of the earth, etc.

     In the 12th chapter we discover God’s call of Abraham and his life record, and Abraham continues to be the central figure until the 20th chapter.

     We then find that chapters 21 to 27 deal with the experiences of Isaac, chapters 28 to 36 tell us of the life of Jacob, chapters 37 to 50 mainly deal with the experiences and work of Joseph, and these chapters also show God working in each one of their lives.

5)    You can make a word outline to help in the Synthetic study of Genesis, which would look like the following:

     #1. CREATION, chapters 1 and 2.
     #2. THE FALL, chapters 3-5.
     #3. THE FLOOD, chapters 6-9.
     #4. NATIONS, 10-11.
     #5. ABRAHAM, 12-20.
     #6. ISAAC, 21-27.
     #7. JACOB/ISRAEL, 28-36.
     #8. JOSEPH, 37-50.

6)    You can also make a subsection of this outline, such as #5 dealing with Abraham's life brought out in chapters 12-20:

     #5A - The Call.
     B - Egypt (referring to his sojourn in that country).
     C - Lot (referring to his whole experience with his nephew).
     D - The Covenant.
     E - The Circumcision.     
     F - Hagar (referring to Abraham's experience of doubting God, etc.).
     G - Sodom.
     H - Promise of Isaac.
     I - Closing scenes of Abraham's life to his Death.