Inductive Bible Study
The aim of the inductive approach to Bible study is to enable you to study the Bible in context, letting the Bible speak for itself.
Observation, application, Interpretation
What is the human author (inspired by the Holy Spirit) actually saying?” “How does the genre of literature used and the historical setting inform our understanding?”
What the Bible MEANT to the original reader becomes the foundation for what it MEANS for us today. Inductive Bible Study involves learning to read effectively, observe carefully and interpret correctly. This then becomes the basis for meaningful application for the 21st century. What method of applying the inductive approach to Bible Study does the School of Biblical Studies use?
1Firstly, each book is read out loud from beginning to end in one sitting, (well, maybe two or three sittings with a book like Jeremiah!) to get the initial “”big picture”” of the book.
2It is then read again with special emphasis on observing certain elements that will open up the book.
3It is then read a third time. This time each paragraph is given a short title that sums up the content of that paragraph. By now you are really getting a handle on the “”big picture”” of the book.
4The titles then help determine the structure of the book. This is recorded in a visual chart form for future reference.
5Each portion is then studied, using the same inductive skills with discoveries recorded on appropriate charts. The act of doing these encourages the inductive approach and is a visual reminder of what you have discovered.
At the end of the course you will have an enviable grasp of the whole of scripture, being able to see each part in the light of the whole.