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The Bible is one of the most studied books in the world, which isn’t surprising considering its historical value, depth of subject, and diverse literary style. However, all of these features also make it challenging to really take personal study to the next level. Whether you are a professional Bible student or simply an interested reader, there are plenty of ways to level up your learning.
Join a Study Group
Many communities throughout the United States have various local groups that meet to study the Bible. Bible studies can take many different forms depending on the goals and the people involved. If you are struggling to find the right group, don’t be afraid to start one. Remote study groups are increasingly common and are a great way to get started without a big commitment.
Take Bible Classes
The accessibility of online bible college only makes it easier to study the book. Remote learning offers direct access to hundreds of classes and teachers. Some colleges even offer discounted remote learning opportunities to those interested. If you’re hoping to be a serious student of the Bible, studying academically is a great place to start.
Use a Study Bible
Aside from the numerous translated versions of the Bible available, there are also study versions that contain tons of notes and references. There are different kinds of study bibles depending on your priorities. For example, reference Bibles focus on pointing readers to other places in the Bible that deal with related topics. There are plenty of options whether you are interested in personal devotion, history, or practical applications.
Learn Some Greek and Hebrew
Since scholars still have access to old manuscripts written in ancient Hebrew and Greek, many Bible students pursue these languages as part of their studies. This knowledge can give readers more direct access to the original text. It can also provide invaluable insight into the culture and literary form of the time period of authorship, which gives better understanding to the text.
Pair with Historical Study
The Bible has a vast amount of specific and detailed historical information. However, there are also gaps or missing pieces that are recorded elsewhere in history. One of the best ways to really dig into studying the Bible is to pair scripture with reputable historical accounts to learn more about the geography, politics, and events of the era.
Many thousands of people throughout history have devoted their lives to the study of the Bible. Modern students may not have time to make that level of commitment, but there are plenty of ways to harness technology and opportunity to get the most out of the experience.
About the Author
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.