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Unlocking Inductive Bible Study Secrets
Understanding The Literary Forms And The Inductive Techniques
The Bible is written using three literary forms:
Story Form Examples
- Story Forms (Narratives)
- Instructional and Exhortive Forms (Epistles)
- Poetic, Parable, and the Prophetic Revelation Forms
Historical accounts of events in such books as:
The Main Features
- The Gospels
- The records of the Old Testament Kings
of the Story Forms
Basic Tools For Observing The Story Forms
Instructional and Exhortive Form Examples
- Ask: Who, What, When, Where, How
- Retell the event in your own words
- Find the relationship between the people
- Try to feel the emotions
- Place yourself in the shoes of each person
- Ask yourself what do you... see? feel? think?
The logical development of a subject in books such as:
The Main Features of the Instructional Forms
- Paul's Epistles
- Peter's Epistles
- John's Epistles
- Some accounts of Jesus' teachings
Keys for Observing the Instructional Forms
- Arrangements of the passage
the development of the ideas in the passage.
things like repeated words.
Poetic Form Examples
- Transition words such as: therefore, because, for, but, etc.
The arrangement of ideas into patterns.
The use of symbols to express the idea, such as in:
The Main Features of the Poetic Forms
Keys for Observing Poetic Forms
Keys For Interpretation
- Determine the type of parallelism used by the poet.
- Make a basic outline of the passage.
- Look for all the different figurative language.
- Note the things that are repetitive.
Attempt to determine what the passage meant to the people who originally heard it.
Keys for Application
- What does the author mean to make him write this way?
- What does he see?
- What does he feel?
- What does he think?
- Why does he write this?
- What would it have meant to the people who had heard it in Biblical time and culture?
- Appeal to the Holy Spirit for teaching.
- Apply the main point to your life.
- Is there an example I should follow?
- Is there a sin I should forsake?
- Is there an error I should forsake?
- Is there a promise I should obey?
- Is there a command I should obey?
- What do I plan to do about it?
- What difference will this make in my life?
- What plans can I make?
- What will I do?
- How will I do it?