I will start by describing some methods (and what I dislike about them) for studying the Bible.
Then, I will describe the method I would like to use to study the Bible.
Lastly, I will ask for supporting material for my idealized Bible study method.
What I have tried:
reading a fixed # of pages per day:
This worked well for a while (and read through the Bible a few times) based on this method -- but I ran into the problem of:
- Old Testament was too slow
- New Testament was too fast
- did not get as much "theology" out of it
reading books / articles by reformed theologists
- got a lot of theology out of it (yay)
- did not like the fact that I was constantly jumping through verses in the Bible
- feels "digested"
What I would like to try:
read a variable # of the pages of the Bible per day, and have supporting commentary that explains the main interesting theological points I should get out of the book/chapter/verse
this is something that is "like a concordance" but at a higher level. What I mean is as follows:
from a concordance, I get things likes: in this particular verse, the world foo means abc in the context ; in this particular verse, in the time/culture of when it was written, bar means def in the context
what I want is something like: this book contributes to developing the doctrine of predestination, verses XYZ relate to this, chapter ABC makes this point, etc ...
so I'm looking for something that is "systematic theology"-ish -- but I don't want to jump through verses of the Bible, I want something that develops systematic theology based on the order of the Bible
so I want something that is like:
in the Book of Genesis, we develop the following theological points
- point 1 is developed in chapters A, B, C
- point 2 is developed in chapters D, E, F
then, I go off and read the book of Genesis, and reference this supplementary material for the theological points
What is the closest thing that exists?
EDIT: This may be what I want :-)