1. OVERVIEW

A. First, we must remember that we must read the Scriptures in light of Christ.

i. This is how Jesus viewed the Scriptures
ii. Luke 24:44 ESV “Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

B. Observe the whole book (or particular event within a book) and just get a general understanding

C. Look for important PEOPLE, PLACES, & other THINGS that apply to the book or event.

i. These will help reveal key words or phrases.
ii. It will also help you get to know the general content.

D. Establish the CONTEXT of the book.

i. Find the Historical Context
ii. Find the Purpose of the Book

E. Read Purposefully by asking the 5 W’s and H questions.

i. Who?
ii. What?
iii. When?
iv. Where?
v. Why?
vi. How?

2. CHAPTER STUDY

A. After marking the key characters through the whole book or event, read just one chapter asking the 5 W’s and H questions.
B. Look for KEY WORDS/PHRASES in that chapter
C. Make LISTS
D. Look for CONTRASTS
E. Look for COMPARISONS
F. Look for TERMS OF CONCLUSION
G. Look for TIME EXPRESSIONS
H. Reevaluate the CHAPTER THEME
I. Look for PARAGRAPH THEMES (Optional)

3. WORD STUDY
4. CROSS REFERENCES

A. This is to look for what the rest of the Bible says in relation to the book you are studying.

i. Look in the rest of the Bible for the main characters ( example: Paul, Peter, Abraham)
ii. Look in the rest of the Bible for the same ideas ( example: What does the rest of the Bible say about pride or haughtiness?)