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#222620 - 05/05/08 01:40 PM .
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#222633 - 05/05/08 02:28 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
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Granted that the Bible I read is a bit different from yours, I think the same principles apply. Scriptural study allows one to participate in a study session that has gone on for thousands of years across countless generations. Study the text and see what meaning you can find within it that relates directly to you. Then check out the commentaries that generations past have left behind of their own engagement with the text. Don't take their opinions as the final word on the matter, but see if you agree with them and if so why; see if you disagree and if so, why. Each new perspective brings a new facet of the text to life. If you can, get a friend or two or three to study with and bounce ideas off.

"Turn it over and over, for everything is contained within it."

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#222640 - 05/05/08 03:13 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: VLinvictus]
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Great advice for sure.

One thing I learned early on was to try and understand the passage you are reading from the perspective of those who heard it for the first time. What was their culture like? What were their customs? What was their situation at the time? What was the social scene, political scene etc etc. Helps you really get a grasp on things. Of course that requires a study of sources outside the Bible (I know, heresy in some traditions ;-) ) But understanding those things can give you huge insight into things. Commentaries are great for finding out some of that setting, depending on the commentary. There's one set that I like. It has two volumes, it's called "The Bible Knowledge Commentary". There is an "Old" and a "New" testament version. I have both. At the start of each section of the commentary they give you a lot of info into those questions I mentioned above before they actually get into the passages and verses etc.

It also helps to have multiple translations on hand. I mainly use the NIV (New International Version) and the NASB (New American Standard Bible). You can use others or even more than two if you want. That can really help as well. As the focus of the translation can really effect what words are used in that translation. In the two I use, their focus differs. One tries to translate word for word what the original language said. The other tries to translate the best idea or meaning behind a particular verse or passage rather than that exact words. I find the two together has been very very helpful to me.


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#222646 - 05/05/08 03:37 PM . [Re: JustScott]
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#222659 - 05/05/08 06:31 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
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I have derived great comfort and strength from reading Psalms. I have a list of Psalms which nourish me. When I am tired or discouraged, I can read several psalms and they minister to me.

Psalms 46 to 50. Psalms 96 to 100. Psalme 146 to 150.

Psalms 30 and 51 will lead you in getting your heart right.

Psalm 10 shows you God's hatred for the perp. But then it must be answered by Psalms 11 to 13 etc to see God's response.

I can supply my list of comforting Psalms if it would help anybody.

There are many other verses that help me. There are verses in Isaiah that speak of God hugging the hurting me. etc.


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#222744 - 05/06/08 04:13 AM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
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Originally Posted By: lynchmob212001
I guess what im really saying is im struggling with is how should I go about reading the bible? with an open mind and a strong heart.


I like that. An open mind and a willing heart.





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#222799 - 05/06/08 10:40 AM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: dking777]
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Since I am no scholar in koine Greek, I rely on an interlinear greek new testament to help me along. It has an excellent Greek dictionary with it. My Sunday morning class did a study of Greek for a few months. It gave insight into how words conjugate, etc. Very useful in making sense of those new testament writings.

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#222873 - 05/06/08 03:20 PM . [Re: FormerTexan]
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#222880 - 05/06/08 04:04 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
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Sounds like you're doing it right to me. Taking time to ponder it is definitely the way to go. You're "Meditating" on it as you should be. I find the added tools and methods helpful for those passages that are really hard to understand. I've also had some passages that I've read and pondered before take on whole new depths when I come back and read them again when I'm at a different point in life.

I think getting away from the "text book" approach is a good first step. Too many people view it as a sterile educational book. When it's actually a guide to a way of life.


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#222913 - 05/06/08 07:12 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: JustScott]
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I want to echo what Scott said above about "I've also had some passages that I've read and pondered before take on whole new depths when I come back and read them again when I'm at a different point in life."

I've found that to be so true in my life as well. Sometimes the>
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#223117 - 05/07/08 08:11 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: EGL]
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For me the most powerful part of the Bible is the Psalms. I can sit and read them endlessly, just pondering each line and letting it kind of open up in front of me. I lived in the Middle East for years, so all the references to the pastoral life in that part of the world are still very real for me. I guess I sit and read the Psalms and feel inspired. I can feel something of the attitude that the Psalms reflects, and when I do feel it I want more.

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#223878 - 05/12/08 01:06 PM . [Re: EGL]
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#223904 - 05/12/08 02:20 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
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I have evolved into reading it as if he were trying to tell me something I really need to know to survive and feel loved. It has opened up a whole new perspective. I like psalms 91 and particularly Isa 61 frist few verses.



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#224058 - 05/13/08 12:38 PM . [Re: Freedom49]
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#226526 - 05/25/08 09:03 AM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: EGL]
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for years i was trying to study my Bible in depth. but i just wasn't getting anything from it. my pastor caught wind of this and finally said to me, "you're searching fro God too hard. the christian walk should never be as hard as you are making it. you're searching so deep when in fact, all you have to do is scratch the surface. go home, and put away your dictionary, thesaurus, commentaries, parallel bibles, and just let God speak to you." now, he didn't mean don't ever touch them again, but i understood what he was saying. if you have the Spirit of God in your heart, then God will speak to you no matter what you read. sometimes we as humans try to play the Holy Spirit. this means not only in judging people, which is done more often than not, but also when it comes time to understand that which God is saying to us, we tend to make it elaborate, when in fact, it is more simple. now, i know everyone will believe different, but that is what i have found to be true in my life. for when i put all my study materials away and just read the Bible and let God do the talking, i started to learn more and advanced in my walk with God.

this is a great talk, i enjoy this. well, i'm off to church, we 're having a big service in honor of memorial day and we're honoring many veterans by name and i have a lot of music to play.(i'm the organist, for those who don't know me)


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#226537 - 05/25/08 10:24 AM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: terpprm]
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I think terpprm (Philip) put it very well. In fact he beat me to what I was going to say. All the other advice youíve received about helping to learn about the history and culture of the time is good advice and helpful, so is being open to have the Bible mean different things to you at different times (and Iím talking about the same passage of>

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#226686 - 05/25/08 11:03 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: Grunty1967b]
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thank you for supporting me. it's good to read when someone agrees with you. sometimes you wonder if you'll offend someone or if you even make sense at times. lol. i just wanted to thank you for your kind words of support, and also say that i agree with what you added.

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#228566 - 06/02/08 07:10 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: EGL]
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I read the"Life Recovery Bible" in the New Living Translation. It is easy to read and has excellent devotional. You are doing it right. It sounds like the Holy Spirit is already doing a work in you. God Bless You

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#228626 - 06/02/08 10:29 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
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hi bros, when i was in the trappist monastery we used to use the ancient method of lectio divina for sacred and>
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#230321 - 06/11/08 11:42 AM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
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hi, i wanted to add something else to my previous response to this question. while it is good to savor the word, in order to inform the understanding, it also helps to read a good commentary in tandem with the actual reading of the text itself. the commentary will help provide historic and cultural context, which will give a broader view of other influences impacting people who felt inspired to speak on god's behalf in their particular time and place. i use the collegeville commentary and find it immensely helpful. it suggests various alternative viewpoints on the interpretation of god's word, which is helpful and edifying. somewhere in the middle of it all you meet god's wisdom and grace for your life.

blessings,

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#231543 - 06/17/08 08:38 PM . [Re: Sans Logos]
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