The Holy Bible is perhaps one of the most widely revered books in the world and perhaps one of the hardest to read. The oldest discovered biblical text is 2,700 years old. Yet literally billions of people both of the Christian faith and those seeking to have a better understanding of the Christian faith claim to read it, and seek guidance from it for a variety of reasons.
Before we get into some strategies into getting the best out of your reading of the Bible we have to fully understand what the Bible is apart from the various opinions and diverse teachings that have come from the various church denominations and secular society itself. As you may already know the Bible is a collection of smaller books that over the course of its development changed in size until the present day.
What Is The Bible, Really?
While many Christians regard the Bible as their scripture, it is actually also the scripture of Jews and Samaritans, which are a small sub-group of Judaism that dates back to the Babylonian captivity. Samaritanism is a religion quite similar to Judaism as far as beliefs and religious rites go, but they further make the claim that their faith is the true religion of the ancient Israelites. So as you can see, there is a large room of differing perspectives on how the Bible is read and understood which warrants a closer look at our own individual way of reading it.
The truth is, many people don’t really read the Bible. I’m not saying this to be smug or anything, but this can be said of reading in general. What I mean is most people don’t have a well-defined approach to reading the Bible and read it in a devotional manner. What I mean by this is, the reading is piecemeal during a sermon or lecture. What it all boils down to is, how many of us make it a habit of reading more than a chapter a week? How many complete a complete reading of either Old or New Testament within a month?
Too difficult you say? Actually, reading the Bible, and in such a way as it’s easier to read it for your self without feeling overwhelmed isn’t so complicated. Well, we can help with that. Check out these wonderful picks to enhance your understanding and practice of the Bible.
Take the opportunity to study Hermeneutics
While many of you may not be familiar with the term, Hermeneutics is simply the process by which readers of the Bible can correctly interpret what they read. You may be wondering why you would need to study this. The fact is there are several blocks that can impede a person’s proper understanding of what they read from the Bible. Take for example the historical gap that separates us from the time of the original writers of the Old and New Testament. Even between the two of them there existed a need for a proper method to interpret scripture.
Read between the lines sometimes …
I’m a big fan of peer reviewed theological writings, I can only blame my freshman English professor for that ‘bad habit’ 🤙🏾🤪. I understand many of you aren’t such hard readers, but there’s an easier way to access the knowledge of Biblical scholars in an easier to read format. Here are some top pick authors, whose works have their own section on our book shelves.