Discerning the Main Claim of a Passage (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 8)

Have you ever read a passage from the Bible and wondered, what was the point of all that? Maybe you pick up some themes and ideas here or there from a passage, but you’re unsure how it all fits together. Or maybe you’ve never thought to consider how a passage all fits together. In this episode, Kirk and Dan get back into their series on how to read the Bible, asking, after we’ve made all of our initial observations on a passage (e.g., tone, context, structure), then what? They talk about the need for understanding a passage’s overall claim, message, or point.

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Structure: Understanding How a Passage is Organized (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 8)

In today’s episode, Dan and I talk about skeletons and bridges. Well, kind of. We discuss one of the most important aspects of reading our Bibles well: understanding how a particular passage is organized in order to communicate its overall message.

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Melodic Line: Hearing the Message & Aim of Each Book (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 7)

Kirk and Dan talk about melodic line. Here we’re talking about the overall message of a book that ties the whole and all its parts together. In this episode we talk about what the melodic line is, showing some examples from scripture. And then we talk about how can you go about discerning the melodic line, and what benefits does this yields to your reading of scripture.

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Never Read a Bible Verse (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 6)

In today’s episode, we try to convince you never to read a Bible verse! Wait, what? That’s right. Never read a Bible verse on its own, but always in context.

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Hearing the Passage: Tone (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 5)

In this episode, we look at the matter of tone (and mood). What exactly do we mean by “tone”? And how does a passage’s tone affect how we read and understand it?

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