Shalem IPC NJ

885 S Middlesex Ave, Colonia NJ - 07067

Understanding Inductive Bible Study Secrets

  • We have already learned the literary forms of the Bible – Historical-Instructional-Poetical (Lesson # 1).
  • We will study the main features of each form in this lesson




A. The Main Features of the Story Forms


# People          # Places           # Events          # Emotions


Basic tools for observing Story Forms

  • Ask: Who, What, When, Where, How
  • Retell the story in your own language
  • Find the relationship between the people
  • Try to feel the emotions
  • Place yourself in the shoes of each person
  • Ask yourself what do you….see? Feel? Think?


B. The Main Features of the Instructional Forms


# Ideas                        # Words          # Verbs            #Objects         

# Arrangements of the passage


Basic tools for observing Instructional Forms

Outline the development of the ideas in the passage

Note things like repeated words

Look for:

  • Comparisons
  • Contrasts
  • Transition words such as: therefore, because, for, but, etc.


C. The Main Features of the figurative Forms


Look for          # Symbolism               #Parallelism                 #Analogies


Basic tools for observing figurative Forms

  • Determine the type of parallelism used by the poet.
  • Make a basic outline of the passage
  • Look for all the different figurative language
  • Note the things that are repetition




We must try our best to determine what the passage meant to the people who originally heard it.

  • What does the author mean to make him write this way?
  • What does he see?
  • What does he feel?
  • What does he think?
  • Why does he write this?
  • What would it mean to the people that have heard it in Biblical time and culture?





We must see how a particular truth speaks to us.

  • Appeal the Holy Spirit for teaching.
  • Apply the main points to your life.
  • Is there an example I should follow?
  • Is there a sin I should forsake?
  • Is there an error I should get rid of?
  • Is there a promise I should cling on?
  • Is there a command I should obey?


So what?

  • What do I plan to do about it?
  • What difference will this make in my life?
  • What plans can I make? – make a plan
  • What will I do? – take a decision
  • How will I do it? – find out a method


Study Questions


1.      Review the lesson.

2.      Understand the basic tools for Observation, Interpretation and Application.