Biblical Study Methods
Facilitator: Lonnie R. Green
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
5 Modes of Expression
Allegory – a simple story in which the people, places, and
another meaning, often instructive.
Often written in figurative speech so that literal interpretation
Either short or Long
(Eph 6:11-17) Put on
the whole armor of God that you can stand against the wiles of the devil.
Take on the whole armor of God
*Loins with truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Feet with
Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of
* Other examples: Isaiah 5:
1-7, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, John 6: 51-65
Symbols- is a visible or natural, object which serves to represent
· We use symbols all the time (Ran like a turtle , Heart is black
Bible uses symbolic acts
such a baptism to symbolize the union with Christ Death, Burial, Resurrection
Blind – Unbelief, in
Lamp – Light
– Power, Soaring
3) Parable – is a kind of allegory in short story form, illustrating an important truth
A earthly story with a heavenly message
was a master parable teller and always used them while teaching his
disciple of His enemies, who not being sure of the interpretation could not use
it against them. (Matt
Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisee (Not
Jesus often explained
some parables behind close doors (Parable of the Sower and the Seed , and the Parable of the Tares
Keys to remember when studying parables
Seek out the object of the parable.
What is being illustrated?
* Parable about Wheat & Tares (Matt
) is explained in v. 36
Don’t try to make every detail of the parable apply exactly.
Rather apply the main features and
points. Keep you out of error.
Serves as an illustration of a truth and is not doctrine
4) Proverb – a
short saying expressing wisdom for everyday living
Things to live by
Happy is the man who finds
wisdom and gains understanding (Prov
* Don’t mistake a song for a proverb or popular saying
Amazing grace how sweet the sound that save a wretch like me - Song
5) Paradox – a
statement or saying which is contrary to appearance, and seems
impossible or absurd.
23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat and swallow a camel|
who pay tithes and forget faith & mercy
18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than
it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God|
* Not that rich people cannot be saved.
People who put there things before God. God
8: 35 For whosever shall save his life shall lose it; but whosever shall
lose there life for my sake and the gospel , the same shall save it.
going to have to give up something or the kingdom, but it nothing that he
will not repay 100 times better|