I just saw a sight so beautiful it made my heart skip a beat. Better than a blue-orange sunset. Better than Mt Shasta on a snowy day. Better than Walter Payton streaking like a gazelle toward the goal line. I saw young people digging into God’s Word. I mean really digging in. We had a Bible research day in my hermeneutics class at Simpson University.
Click “more” for some pictures… Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Read below if you want to download their worksheets and give it a shot yourself.
So I had a bunch of slips of paper with a Bible verse on each one. Each student picked one verse. Then I explained the project, and we dismissed class to head to the Simpson University Library.
Enough lectures! It’s time to start applying the stuff we’ve learned: the proper steps in biblical interpretation. These are:
- The Setting (history, culture, context)
- Lexical/Syntactical Analysis (words and sentences)
- Theological Analysis (based on the Theological Big Ten)
- Genre/Literary Analysis
- Commentary Check
Our class remembers the sequence with the sentence, “Sam loves the good coffee always.”
We only did steps 1-5 today, and if you’d like to do the same research, click here (libraryworksheet1) to download their worksheet. They used research books like Strong’s Concordance, the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, Vines Dictionary, Wilson’s Word Studies, and a host of other books. They learned where to find commentaries in our library, and that they are arranged by books of the Bible, Gen to Rev. They learned how to identify Greek and Hebrew Words and how to look up their meanings.
I am so proud of our young scholars. They all did great. They were highly motivated.
When I say it was beautiful, I mean I got a lump in my throat and pulled out my camera (phone). Now it’s your turn. Let me know how you did! Oh, you only get 1 hour to complete the project!
Here’s the list of verses, just pick one: library-verses