Bible Book series
A Bible Book series provides a systematic, verse-by-verse, expositional Bible book study that is both immersive and practical.
The Bible contains many different genres, and each individual book has its own characteristics. A Bible "book" may be a letter from an apostle to a church, a collection of proverbs, a collection of songs, a historical account of a series of events, or a prophetic vision.
The authors of these "books" came from different backgrounds with some having been shepherds, fisherman, scholars, or kings. And just as every person has their own manner of speaking, even so these books reflect different writing styles. There are also certain passages that reflect cultural factors which would have made perfect sense thousands of years ago when the book was written, but now looking at the same passage with modern eyes it is difficult to understand. It is because of all these dynamics a Bible book series covers four critical areas.
- A historical, chronological introduction to the book. Imagine reading a letter and not knowing the circumstances under which it was written, the purpose of the author in sending the letter, or the audience to whom the letter was addressed? If someone named a Bible book, can you identify these things? A historical, chronological introduction provides this knowledge. It basically answers the question "Why should I study this book?"
- Critical phrases, terms or styles used in the book. Books often employ repeated terms or phrases in keeping with the book's purpose or the writer's style. For example, in the book of Romans the author (Paul) uses the word "law" almost 80 times, and the gospel of Luke refers to the "Pharisees" almost 30 times. How does Paul intend the word "law" to be understood? And who were the Pharisees to whom Luke so commonly refers? Understanding critical phrases, terms and styles answers these types of questions.
- An outline of the book. The writers of scripture are very organized. While books that recount historical events are not always written chronologically, they are still nonetheless written in a way that is structured. Bible authors had a certain way they wanted to lay things out — they did not ramble. A Bible Book series breaks a book down into thought units, showing the author's progression of thought and literary structure that reinforces the book's purpose.
- A verse-by-verse study through the book. Reviewing the setting, terms, and outline of a book as described above are all very important. But ultimately they serve as preparation for the final step: to actually go through the book, one verse at a time, in the order which the author composed it, and explain the author's intended meaning along with practical, personal application.
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