Sample Religious Studies Paper on Studying the Bible

  1. Observe: How to Make Accurate Observations

The first step in studying the Bible is to utilize the power of observation. In this way, believers do not necessarily draw conclusions but gather insightful facts within the scripture. Understanding the scripture requires excellent observation skills (Migliore 64). Despite the application of perceptive observation skills, many people still fail to observe the text in the scripture. The failure to observe the scripture is occasioned by lack of acquaintance with the bible, as well as overlying on devotional books to interpret the scripture. Scripture readers can engage with the Bible text, compare multiple translations, and take short notes while reading, to make accurate interpretations.

  1. How to Use Multiple Translations of the Bible

The core purpose of translation analysis is to identify similarities and differences of phrases throughout myriad Bible translations. By comparing the texts, a reader is able to identify specific details of a bible passage deserving further study. Scripture readers focus their attention on different or similar text appearing in multiple translations to enhance use of multiple translations. The readers can equally utilize few translations, preferable between three and five translations to enhance easy navigability of texts (Migliore 44). Additionally, scripture readers can compare varied translation types, select a foundational text for comparison and color-code the text for easy reference during text observation.

  1. Interpret: How to Find the Meaning of the Bible

Interpreting a scripture is simply exploring the meaning of the Bible text. Although diverse believers can come up with unique and varied meaning regarding a specific text, it is the responsibility of believers to discover the intended meaning of text. The observation of passages should derive accurate conclusion to grantee a valid interpretation of the bible. The information extracted through observation is then compared across multiple translations to identify the similarities and differences in meaning. The pronouns and parts of speech envisaged within a bible scripture subsequently helps the audience evaluate the evidence, and supposed meaning of the text anchored on the historical and spiritual contexts.

  1. Correlate: How to Connect Scripture to Other Scriptures

The meaning of a scripture passage can be improved by correlating different scriptures. Correlating texts allows readers to have a comprehensive view of the Bible scriptures (Migliore 57). The success of a believer to obtain the truth in the scripture depends on own ability to interpret one passage alongside other scriptures. Scriptures can be corresponded if the audience examines the historical and spiritual meaning of bible passages. In this way, a reader connects the historical and biblical contexts of different scriptures before putting them into perspectives. There is an element of truth if a scripture historically and spiritually connect to another. Truthful interpretation of bible passages indicates an accurate connection of scriptures.

Work Cited

Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. Print.