Scripture Study

Tools and Suggestions

Cultivate your love for the scriptures and deepen your knowledge with the help of a scripture study process compiled by James E. Faulconer. Rich scripture study is facilitated by tools and techniques that help us focus on what the scriptures can teach us. This study aid offers pointers and suggestions that will familiarize beginning students of the scriptures with the many resources available to them, as well as help more experienced students improve the overall effectiveness of their scripture study.

In this fascinating book, Faulconer discusses a helpful method and the purpose of outlining, an in-depth method of cross-referencing, how to ask cogent and thought-provoking questions about the scriptures, the benefits of using dictionaries and concordances, the relation between words and ideas apparent through rhetorical studies, and using the valuable reference tools in the LDS edition of the scriptures. He then provides sample notes developed using the study tools he describes to show how research and pondering can make scripture study even more meaningful.


About the Author

James E. Faulconer

James E. Faulconer is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University and a senior research fellow at the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Faulconer’s area of expertise is twentieth-century and contemporary European philosophy, especially the philosophy of religion. In addition to writing scholarly books and articles, he is the author of the Made Harder series of scripture study questions and Scripture Study: Tools and Suggestions.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Studying the Scriptures
  • Outlining
  • Asking Questions
  • The LDS Edition of the Scriptures
  • English Historical Dictionaries
  • Cross-Referencing
  • Doing Bible Research without Knowing Hebrew or Greek
  • Finding Connections through Parsing
  • Rhetoric
  • Context
  • Sample Study Notes for Moroni 4
  • Writing a Talk from Scripture
  • Appendix 1: Scripture and History
  • Appendix 2: Hebrew versus Greek Thinking
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Reference Works
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893398
  • Page Count: 168
  • Price: $ 9.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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