Method 7 - Word
Bible Study Method
7.1 - Tools
7.1.1 - Bible and several alternate translations
7.1.2 - Exhaustive concordance
7.1.3 - Bible dictionary or encyclopedia
7.1.4 - Set of word studies
7.1.5 - English dictionary
7.2 - Hints
7.2.1 - Remember that often a single word in the original language may be replaced by many different words, or even phrases when translated into English.
7.2.2 - An exhaustive concordance such as Strong's or Young's are especially valuable for this study since they associate each discrete original word to its English translation.
7.3 - Steps
Step 1 - Choose the word you will study.
Step 2 - Find its English definition in the English dictionary.
Step 3 - Compare treatments of the word in the various translations.
Step 4 - Note the definition of the original word (Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic).
Step 5 - Discover just where the word is used in the Bible.
a. How often does it occur?
b. In which books is it found?
c. In which book is it used most?
d, Where does the word first appear?
e. Where does it first appear in the book you are studying?
f. Which writers used the word?
Step 6 - Find the origin and root meaning of the word, how the word was used by the secular culture of the day.
Step 7 - Determine how the word was used in the Bible and how it would have been understood in the culture to which the Bible was originally addressed.
Step 8 - Write an application.
A Suggested List of Key Words for the Word Study Method of Bible Study
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Chart for the Word Study Method of Bible study
1. English Word:
3. Comparison of Translations:
2. English Definition:
4. Original Word and Short Definition(s):
5. Occurrences in the Bible:
6. Root Meaning and Origin:
7. Biblical Usage:
8. Application / Evaluation: