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Observation
Posted on August 13, 2010

A couple of days ago you may remember that I said there were four basic questions that we need to ask in any Bible Study. The first is, “What does it say?” As we discussed, that is the observation questions and has to be first in order to make sense of what the author is presenting. We mentioned that if one wants to grow in Bible study, that learning to make good observations is essential. For the next few days I will share some tools to help you observe more in the text.


First thing you can do to improve your observation is to bombard the text with questions. You can start with the basic seven that reporters (are supposed to) use:

Who Who is involved in this passage?
What What are the circumstances? What is going on?
Where Where is this happening?
When When is this happening? Is there a sequence of event in which this falls?
Why Why is this happening? Why now? Why here? Etc.
How How is this taking place? What are the forces behind it?
Wherefore This is the so what question. What is the reason or the effect of this?


You can expend these questions or combine them to see more in the text. The more you use them the more you will begin to see. Why not try it on John 10:10? If you want to, send me what you have seen. I may post some of the observations in a later post.


Oh one last thing. One thing that will help you master this is to do it in chunks. For example if you have scheduled an hour for observation. Do it in 15 minute chunks with some time even a day in between. You will come to the text with fresh eyes that way and your subconscious will work on what you have seen during the break and may suggest further questions to ask. Have fun with this.


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