A note from the author

The scholarly term often employed for how to study the Bible is hermeneutics, which is concisely defined as “the art and science of interpreting the Bible.”

The purpose of this book is to explain and illustrate the various principles of Bible interpretation that must be followed in order to understand correctly the teachings of God’s Word. Unless sound and consistent principles of hermeneutics are employed by the reader and student of Scripture, it truths become blurred and confused.

Biblical interpretation, or hermeneutics, has had a long and checkered history. The way in which almost all Christians today read and interpret the Bible only gradually developed. It was not until the era of the Renaissance and Reformation that the science of biblical interpretation was clarified. Today, we follow literary, grammatical and historical methods to interpret the Bible, which have been tested and proven
valuable for grasping accurately the message of God’s Word.

My ultimate goal is to present principles and methods of studying of the Bible that will enhance the student’s understanding and enjoyment of it.

There is no graduation from this course of study—it is a lifetime curriculum, which is an impossible task without the indwelling teaching ministry (illumination) of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16).  The Bible is a mine of God’s wisdom, infinitely deep, always inviting us to dig deeper for its riches. Like mining, “Bible Study” is hard work! There are no shortcuts to knowing the whole counsel of God.

The selected bibliography is comprised of books that teach effective Bible study methods. Though many are old by their copyright dates, I consider them among the best at the time of my writing. Besides these writers, I am indebted to authors and teachers, which are too many to mention, for the insights and content in this book.

Therefore, I make no claim of originality or comprehensiveness for many of the hermeneutical principles and Bible study methods covered, which I have abstracted, rewritten, synthesized. Yet, I have contributed scores of my own insights to the task of how to study the Bible.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness . . . Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2:15, NIV).

My prayer is that your enjoyment of God’s Word will increase and that you will grow in the grace and knowledge of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Robert P. Conway

Editor’s Note

This Bible study is a study on how to study the Bible. Sorry for the double talk, but the purpose of this site is to give an overview on proper Bible study techniques for those who want to do more than simply browse through their Bible.

This study was written by my good friend and mentor, Bob Conway.  I have compiled his book format and converted it into a web format. For the most part this is a straight forward process but some things don’t translate perfectly from one medium to the other.  Where I could, I made pictures of charts and anything that it was important that the structure line up as it did in the book format.

So, to the best of my ability, this is just like the book format.  I’d say that it is 99% identical.  And I apologize for the 1% that has changed or somehow got lost in “translation.”

The easiest way to read this is just like you would a regular book.  The menu on the right breaks down each section and if you go from top to bottom you’ll read everything in order.  Each section is pretty much self contained however, so if you having a burning desire to know how to do a biographical Bible study, you can just read that section without needing to read all of the other sections before it.

I believe that this is a great resource tool for studying the Bible and I hope that you will learn some great Bible study techniques from this site.  I know that’s why Bob took the time to write it and why I have taken the time to put it online.

God bless,
Michael Stine

About the Author

At the age of seven, Bob was led to the Lord through the wordless book by a woman with C.E.F.  Immediately, he began reading the Bible, praying, and attending Sunday School and worship services.  His deep desire to know the God of the Bible has burned within him since his conversion.

Bob is a graduate of the following institutions:

  • William Penn Senior High School, York, PA
  • United States Army Communication Center School, Fort Detrick, MD
  • American Institute of Banking
  • Pennsylvania Bankers Trust School, Bucknell University
  • National Graduate School of the America Bankers Association and Northwestern University
  • York Bible Training Institute, York, PA
  • Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN.

Bob also studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (Jerusalem University College) on four occasions.

Bob’s accreditations are:

  • Certified Financial Services Counselor by the American Bankers Association
  • Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary
  • Ordained Elder in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Bob served in the United States Army for three years, the last year as a communication center supervisor in the Army War Room of the Pentagon. When called by God to prepare for pastoral ministry, he was vice president and senior tax & accounting manger of the Commonwealth National Bank. After graduation from Seminary, he served as the senior pastor of the Orrstown Church of the United Brethren in Christ for seventeen years.

Since 2007, he has taught the following courses, during second semester, at Jamaica Bible College and Community Institute, Mandeville, Jamaica:

  • Pastoral Theology
  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Pentateuch
  • Book of Revelation
  • Romans Exegesis
  • Life and Teachings of Christ
  • Prophetic Books

Bob is married to Lois for forty-six years, who faithfully serves the Lord by his side. Both have been teaching in Good News Camps of Child Evangelism Fellowship for past twenty years and before that about twenty years in youth camps at Rhodes Grove Camp.