Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Bible Studies PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Three Approaches to Bible Reading
by ThresiaPaulose varghese
01/22/11
Free to Share
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





Reading any document, even the Bible, can become routine and boring. If we try to discover the messages that our reading can convey us we can find it more lively and useful. We can discover those truths that can be found beneath the actual words if we make our reading intentional. When we become intentional about our reading the Bible with a particular method or approach in mind, the Bible can speak to us in new and exciting ways.

Three primary approaches in reading Bible

There are three primary approaches in reading Bible. They are: the socio-historical approach, the literary approach and the theological approach. By following any one of these approaches, we can constantly interact with the words of the text and their context. Each of these approaches can reveal different aspects of the Bible. By exploring these we can deepen our experience with Scripture and deepen our awareness of God.

1) Socio-historical reading approach

This approach is primarily in the world-behind text, which means the social structures, historical background, customs and social issues related to power and class. We learn to ask questions about the events described or assumed in the Biblical text, the important places mentioned there, and the political scene within ancient Israel in the Old Testament or the Greek-Roman world found in the New Testament. Our attention to the social world behind the text can involve exploring such issues as how the characters relate to one another in terms of power and class, what customs and traditions are assumed in the Biblical text and also how the world is shaped by the religion and philosophy of the larger world like Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Rome.

2) Literary reading approach

We can find various aspects of literature in Bible. The literary approach is interested in the words of the text itself. It is to find out how the words are put together and how they convey the Biblical message. This approach helps us to enjoy the literary features like the key words or themes that are repeated throughout the passage, the type of literature, the use of unique or unexpected words, the literary context of the passage and how the plot is developed.

3) The theological reading approach

It is the devotional part of the three approaches. This approach is more persona than the other two. It seeks to discover new truths about God and our relationship with Him. It is interested in the overall purpose or intention of the passage. It tries to answer questions like ‘What can I learn from that passage’, ‘What did I learn about my relationship with God or Jesus’, etc.

If we are intentional about reading God’s Word, we will select a passage and read it several times following the approaches given above. Whatever may be the approach we follow, there is a challenge for us all to become more and more aware of the relevance of the Bible and how we are going to be changed by making it a part of our lives.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by ThresiaPaulose varghese or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 403 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com