I’ve been highlighting tools that can be used to do an effective Bible Study and so far we’ve underscored reading the text. Repeatedly. And taking notes while reading. But now I want to highlight how a person might want to examine the meanings of words.
One of your better tools is the English dictionary. If you’re using the KJV, this winds up being more difficult but the point here is that words mean something and sometimes our misreading can be predicated on what we think a word means.
- Free: Dictionaries are readily available online at several sites (m-w, dictionary.com, the Free Dictionary).
- Not-Free: More expensive programs have dictionaries but I find it easier just to hop over to Websters online.
Sometimes, folk want to see the meaning of the original language by examining a word, like the word love or church (for example).
I don’t think that this is the best way for most of us to study the Bible.