Wind Haven’s Bible School for Dummies by Dummies is excited that our first course The Basics of Bible Study is now available!
No required textbook. Course text will be provided via PDF lessons.
You will be provided with a resource list of approved free bible study electronic resources.
Additional articles will be linked for additional reading.
The course will utilize written lessons with supplementary podcast messages and videos.
It is important to handle the scriptures with accuracy. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to give an in-depth general overview of the elements of biblical study and interpretation.
You will need an English version Bible you can understand.
RECOMMENDED: New Revised Standard Version Study Bible (The Access Bible by Oxford University press was used in the development of this course.)
You will need a notebook or journal for taking notes.
Learn useful Bible Study resources used by seminary students.
The authors of the books within the Biblical Canon.
How to recognize key elements such as historical and cultural elements, as well as literary elements in a passage.
Learn to understand the context of the Bible and the original authors’ intent.
Basics for interpreting biblical lessons, principals, and theology from Scripture.
Therefore, there was an intended reason for the author to write their book of the Bible. Therefore, the text is not “just there” for us to interpret any way we choose. We have to seek the meaning the author intended to express. This allows us to understand the context of the passage. So, we need to ask, “Who wrote it, to whom, and why?”
Therefore, we need to understand the style and genre of writing that the author used. For example, narratives/stories, poetry, wisdom, parables, epistles (letters to churches), prophecy, & apocalyptic genres. Pay attention to the literary features such as words, sentences, and linguistics of a particular book. In other words, as you seek to understand the intended message, keep the book in context.
Next it is important to take into account the historical features of a given passage. Therefore, we need to ask “who, what, when, where, and why?” This helps us understand the overall story that the Bible tells, and how different books and passages relate to the overall story.
Salvation history is the fact that God’s revelation (or disclosure of Himself & His will) to mankind expressed through the scriptures. This took place in a real-life time and space continuum in ancient culture. These texts were written by people with specific beliefs, convictions, and experiences.
That the texts that contain God’s revelation exist and that they require correct interpretation (literature). The original scriptures written in ancient Hebrew & Greek have a long history of translation into other languages including English.
The reality of God and his revelation in Scripture.