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HOW  TO  STUDY  THE  BIBLE,  part  6  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 #5 - The Topical or Thematic Study of the Bible

     The topical or thematic method of Bible study means a study of the Bible by subjects or themes.  Instead of just reading your Bible, have a pencil and paper at hand, and focus upon one subject, and then dig out the truth on that subject.  On the topic of Justification, look up every passage in the Bible that deals with Justification.  After locating all the Scripture passages on that theme, then arrange, classify and group these texts into proper order until you will have the clear and complete truth on paper or in your computer, and then save your findings!
     To help you locate every text dealing with any subject or theme, you will need either Strong's or Young's Concordances, as either of these books will save you a lot of time.
     An example of using this Topical or Thematic Method is as follows: If you are interested in the subject of Death, use your concordance and look up every scripture text with the word “death” in it.  Next you would look up any words associated with death, such as "die," “dying” "dead," "grave," etc.  After locating all the scriptures dealing with this theme of death, then you can arrange these into proper order and develop a study for yourself or others.  

4)    Study Method #6 - The Historical Study of the Bible

     The Bible is the most accurate recorded history book in the world.  It reveals the history of the beginning of things, and even has prophecies dealing with the ending of all things.  The Bible is the only history book that chronicles the creation of our world, that records the origin of life, of nations, of sin, of salvation, and even the life history of various individuals.  Archeology, as well as others fields, are more and more proving the Bible record of past events to be correct.

5)    The Sons of Japheth (Genesis 10:2-5).

1. Gomer.
     From Gomer came the ancient Cimmerians who lived in the region of the Crimea, and from whom eventually came the Welsh of today. Through his son Ashkenaz, down through the Teutons, came the English people.  Another son of Gomer, named Riphath, is the ancestor of the Celts who peopled Britain, Ireland, and Scotland; also some of the Scandinavians, as well as the ancient Germans, the Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Irish, etc.  And from a third son of Gomer, named Togarmah, came the Armenians.

2. Magog.
     From this second son of Japheth, came the ancient Scythians, from whom came the Mongolians, Chinese, Siamese. Burmese, Thibetans, Japanese, and aborigines of North and South America.  From him also came the Malays, the ancient Huns (Bulgarians of today), the Tartars, Turks, Finns, and the Sarmatians (from whom descended the people of Russia, Poland, Bohemia, and Servia), and the Parthians.

3. Madai.
     From whom came the Medes.

4. Javan.
     From whom came the Greeks.

5. Tubal.
     His offspring became more or less blended with his brother Meshech, and then continued as the Russian nation.

6. Meshech.
     From whom came the Muscovites, who built Moscow, now found in Russia.

7. Tiras.
     From whom came the ancient Thracians, from which then came the Ostrogoths and the Visigoths.

6)    The Sons of Ham (Genesis 10:6-20, and Africa is called the land of Ham (see Psalms 105:23, and 106:22.)

1. Cush.
     From Cush came the Cushites, who developed into the Ethiopians.  Cush had many sons who settled in all parts of Africa.  The greatest of Cush’s son was Nimrod, who settled in the land of Shinar or Mesopotamia and founded Babylon (Genesis 10:8-10), which territory encompasses modern day Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey and Syria.

2. Mizraim.
     Who settled in and peopled Egypt.

3. Phut.
     Founded the country of ancient Libya.

4. Canaan.
     Whose many sons founded the various tribes in the land of Canaan.

7)    The Sons of Shem (Genesis 10:22-31).

1. Elam,
     From whom came the Persians.

2. Asshur.
     Who was the father of the great Assyrian nation.

3. Arphaxad.
     From whom descended Abraham.

4. Lud.
     The founder of the kingdom of Lydia.

5. Aram.
     He settled in Syria and founded Damascus.

8)    “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.” Genesis 17:5-6.

     “And when thy (David’s) days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” 2 Samuel 7:12-13.

     “And in the days of these kings (over the future 10 kingdoms of Europe) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Daniel 2:44.

     “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” Daniel 4:17.