Newest Members
FredM88, Vermona, Jas52, oliviaavaxj, biboy24
12109 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
-Matt- (39), kevin1963 (51), Northwoods (61), rcb0973 (58), sportinrucks (29)
Who's Online
3 registered (pete1973, 2 invisible), 50 Guests and 3 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
12109 Members
73 Forums
62492 Topics
437998 Posts

Max Online: 418 @ 07/02/12 07:29 AM
Twitter
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#222620 - 05/05/08 01:40 PM .
bardo213 Offline
Guest

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 811
.


Edited by bardo213 (06/21/13 04:31 PM)

Top
#222633 - 05/05/08 02:28 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
VLinvictus Offline
Member
MaleSurvivor

Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 273
Loc: NY
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."

_________________________
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
~ Oscar Wilde

Top
#222640 - 05/05/08 03:13 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: VLinvictus]
JustScott Offline
Greeter Emeritus
MaleSurvivor

Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2568
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.


Top
#222646 - 05/05/08 03:37 PM . [Re: JustScott]
bardo213 Offline
Guest

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 811
.


Edited by bardo213 (06/21/13 04:32 PM)

Top
#222659 - 05/05/08 06:31 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
pufferfish Offline
Member
MaleSurvivor

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6704
Loc: USA
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.


Top
#222744 - 05/06/08 04:13 AM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
dking777 Offline
Guest

Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 94
Loc: CA
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.





Edited by dking777 (10/25/09 12:35 AM)
_________________________
And may you be in heaven
half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

Bittersweet Symphony

Top
#222799 - 05/06/08 10:40 AM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: dking777]
FormerTexan Offline
Site Administrator
MaleSurvivor
Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 10946
Loc: Denver, CO
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.

Andy

_________________________
List of things ain't nobody got time for:

1. That


If I could meet myself as a boy...

Top
#222873 - 05/06/08 03:20 PM . [Re: FormerTexan]
bardo213 Offline
Guest

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 811
.


Edited by bardo213 (06/21/13 04:32 PM)

Top
#222880 - 05/06/08 04:04 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: bardo213]
JustScott Offline
Greeter Emeritus
MaleSurvivor

Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2568
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.


Top
#222913 - 05/06/08 07:12 PM Re: How do you read the bible? [Re: JustScott]
EGL Offline
Moderator Emeritus
MaleSurvivor
Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 7819
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>
_________________________
Eddie

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >


Moderator:  ModTeam, SamV 

I agree that my access and use of the MaleSurvivor discussion forums and chat room is subject to the terms of this Agreement. AND the sole discretion of MaleSurvivor.
I agree that my use of MaleSurvivor resources are AT-WILL, and that my posting privileges may be terminated at any time, and for any reason by MaleSurvivor.