Method 8 - The Book Background Method of Bible Study

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative | Inclination: dispensational | Seminary: Ontario Bible College (Tyndale)

Welcome to the Book Background Method. Please see my note, (Peter Rhebergen):

8.1 - Tools

8.1.1 - Bible dictionary and / or Bible encyclopedia

8.1.2 - Bible handbook

8.1.3 - Bible atlas

8.1.4 - Various tools that allow you to experience in your time the environment of the Biblical cultures

8.2 - Steps

Step 1 - Choose the subject or book of the Bible.

Step 2 - List your reference tools so that at the end of the study you can see which were of the greatest help in your study.

Step 3 - Discover what you are able of the following: - Who is the writer of the book? - What is the date of the book? - Where was the book written? - For whom was the book written? - Why was the book written? - How does the book fit into the Bible overall? In addition, what light can be shed on the study when the book is evaluated in the following contexts:

Geographical setting?

Historical events, prior, occurring, or expected?

Culture of the day?

Political situation?

Anticipation of coming events or personage(s)?

Step 4 - Summarize your research.

Step 5 - Write out your personal application.

Step 6 - Assess your application in the weeks that follow for success or failure.

Chart for the Word Study Method of Bible study

1. Subject:

2a. Reference Works Used:

2b. Usefulness:

3. Context / Background Information:

4. Insights:

5. Application / Evaluation:

Peter Rhebergen, was raised in a Christian home and currently attends Westney Heights Baptist Church with his family. He is a volunteer in several of its ministries and has served as assistant pastor, youth leader, adult Sunday School teacher and as pulpit supply at various churches and Bible Camps in Southern Ontario. He has been married since 1989 and together with his wife has three wonderful children who have introduced them to horses, hermit crabs and numerous other creatures they would not otherwise have met. He is an avid photographer and poet and has held a life-long interest in astronomy thanks to Psalm 19 and an uncle. You can visit's Peters website at

This material can be freely used by anyone desiring to bring honour to our God - Peter Rhebergen

Series: Examples of Bible Study Methods (P. Rhebergen)
Chart 7 - The Word Study Method of Bible Study

Series: Examples of Bible Study Methods (P. Rhebergen)
Chart 9 - The Book Survey Method of Bible Study

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Topical Index: Bible>Hermeneutics

Tools: Bible Hermeneutics

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