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Inclination: dispensational
Seminary: Ontario Bible College (Tyndale)

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Method 7 - The Word Study Method of Bible Study

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

7.1 - Tools

7.1.1 - Bible and several alternate translations

7.1.2 - Exhaustive concordance

7.1.3 - Bible dictionary or encyclopedia

7.1.4 - Set of word studies

7.1.5 - English dictionary

7.2 - Hints

7.2.1 - Remember that often a single word in the original language may be replaced by many different words, or even phrases, when translated into English.

7.2.2 - An exhaustive concordance such as Strong's or Young's are especially valuable for this study since they associate each discrete original word to its English translation.

7.3 - Steps

Step 1 - Choose the word you will study.

Step 2 - Find its English definition in the English dictionary.

Step 3 - Compare treatments of the word in the various translations.

Step 4 - Note the definition of the original word (Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic).

Step 5 - Discover just where the word is used in the Bible. - How often does it occur? - In which books is it found? - In which book is it used most? - Where does the word first appear? - Where does it first appear in the book you are studying? - Which writers used the word?

Step 6 - Find the origin and root meaning of the word, how the word was used by the secular culture of the day.

Step 7 - Determine how the word was used in the Bible and how it would have been understood in the culture to which the Bible was originally addressed.

Step 8 - Write an application.

A Suggested List of Key Words for the Word Study Method of Bible Study

  1. Adoption
  2. Adversary
  3. Apostle
  4. Atonement
  5. Baptize
  6. Believe
  7. Bless
  8. Body
  9. Call
  10. Chasten
  11. Christ
  12. Church
  13. Confess
  14. Covenant
  15. Death
  16. Disciple
  17. Everlasting
  18. Evil
  1. Faint
  2. Faith
  3. Favor
  4. Fear
  5. Fellowship
  6. Flesh
  7. Good
  8. Gospel
  9. Grace
  10. Hear
  11. Hell
  12. Holy
  13. Hope
  14. Immanuel
  15. Iniquity
  16. Jehovah
  17. Jesus
  18. Judgment
  1. Kingdom
  2. Know
  3. Law
  4. Laying on of Hands
  5. Life
  6. Light
  7. Lord
  8. Love
  9. Lust
  10. Manifest
  11. Marriage
  12. Mediator
  13. Meek
  14. Mercy
  15. Mind
  16. Minister
  17. Miracle
  18. Mystery
  1. Name
  2. Obey
  3. Passover
  4. Peace
  5. Perfect
  6. Perish
  7. Preach
  8. Propitiation
  9. Reconcile
  10. Redeem
  11. Remnant
  12. Repent
  13. Rest
  14. Resurrection
  15. Righteous
  16. Sabbath
  17. Sacrifice
  18. Saint
  1. Sanctify
  2. Save
  3. Servant
  4. Sin
  5. Soul
  6. Spirit
  7. Temptation
  8. Trial
  9. Truth
  10. Understand
  11. Vain
  12. Vision
  13. Watch
  14. Wisdom
  15. Witness
  16. Word
  17. World
  18. Worship

Chart for the Word Study Method of Bible study

1. English Word:

3. Comparison of Translations:

2. English Definition:

4. Original Word and Short Definition(s):

5. Occurrences in the Bible:

6. Root Meaning and Origin:

7. Biblical Usage:

8. 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 8 - The Book Background Method of Bible Study

Series: Examples of Bible study methods (P. Rhebergen)
Chart 6 - The Topical Method of Bible Study

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