What kind of book is the Bible? How am I supposed to read it? Why is that even important for my spiritual life? In this two-part launch episode, Pops, Dave, and Bob begin the exploration of seven areas of the spiritual life, starting with Bible knowledge.
This episode overviews the Bible as a library of sixty-six books and introduces the “CIA” (Context-Interpretation-Application) method of studying the Bible. The two forms of context are literary and historical.
0:00 – Welcome and Introductions
0:30 – Pops’ frustrating history of studying the Bible
1:18 – An overview of the Bible as a collection of 66 books
2:22 – Start by reading just one book at a time in a slow and focused way
4:14 – Introduction of the CIA method for focused Scripture reading
5:03 – Two types of Context
5:23 – Literary Context: Looking around at words, passages, and books
8:32 – Literary Context: Genre
10:48 – Historical Context: Who, what, when & where of each book. As well as the social, economic, and political-cultural influences.
14:55 – So What? Next steps to take
17:16 – Thank you and Wrap-up
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