Introduction to the Bible
Rather than approaching the Bible Scriptures with encoded notions of what it will elaborate, the inductive study compares the interrelated Bible scripts to let the Bible infer itself. The methodical Bible Study by Dr. Traina was not established with the intention of being the last word in the inductive Bible study, but surprisingly since its initial publication in the year 1952, it has become as one of the significant opening text in the field of Bible study. According to Traina, there exist two kinds of reasoning in the Bible Study. They include; deductive and inductive reasoning whereby deductive cognitive generates typically with universal ideologies and hence uses them to develop individual facts. The Inductive rationale usually starts by hoarding facts and then from there, grows the necessary universal testimonials and conclusions. Therefore as Traina puts them, both forms of thinking are convenient (Traina, 2015).
According to Traina, the Bible ought to be studied inductively. Many individuals currently approach the Bible instinctively, and thereby, inferring the Scriptures in their peculiar way and according to their level of understanding. However, the Bible is not a blot but an impartial physique of literature. The Bible consists of various detached meaning and truth waiting to be revealed. Therefore, the best and proper method to ascertain its gist is to study the entire passages and files of the Bible inductively.
The inductive Bible study is composed of three significant steps. These steps include observation, interpretation, and application. Observation is discerning what the passage or the scripture is all about and what it says. Usually, it is where many individuals fail in understanding the Scripture fundamentally because they tend to skip this step and mainly because of their ignorance. A careful, as well as in-depth observation, entails skill, thought and a lot of effort (Abraham, 2014). Hence, there is a great need of mounting our supremacies of observation. One of the best ways of carrying out an observation step is to gaze at the passage very prudently and then jot down your views.
Interpretation comes typically immediately after observation. However, this process is somehow complicated, and Dr. Traina designates it using numerous different points. These phases include a final step in which you determine the simple meaning of the specific terms, axioms as well as the sentences. Then there is a stable phase, and this is when you strain to determine the reason as to why the writer makes those explicit declarations (Wegner, 2017). In the end is an implicational stage in one tries to comprehend the broader meaning of the remarks and also the teachings. However, the best method to initiate interpretation is by merely questioning. Ask many questions where these questions should be grounded on the observations that you completed.
The final step is an application where it involves many phases for example evaluation. In evaluation we have for general example assessment where questions such does this portion of the Bible have any value for current times, or is it useless? The response ought to be yes, but we need to ask it ourselves. Hence, an individual must have a clear and well distinct boldness towards the Bible, knowing what one believes about it and the reason why. In conclusion, inductive Bible learning needs passionate effort, absorption as well as the powers of observation.
Abraham, W. J. (2014). Inductive Bible study, divine revelation, and canon. The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies, 1(1), 2.
Traina, R. (2015). Inductive Bible Study. Interpretation.
Wegner, P. D. (2017). Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application through the Lenses of History, Literature, and Theology. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 60(2), 377-378.