I'm looking to learn the Bible more in-depth in terms of integrative concepts. In other words, what does the context throughout the entire Bible (and other helpful resources to study the Bible) and teach about X Biblical concept?

For example:

Question: "What does the Bible teach about the 'tree of life'?"

Answer: "It was in the garden of Eden and said to give eternal life (Gen 2:9, 3:22). It's still in the paradise of God (Rev 2:7), and several of them will be near the throne of God and the Lamb when the kingdom is established on earth (Rev 22:2)."

Another example:

Question: "John 4:20 - Why did Samaritans worship God on their mountain in Samaria, rather than in Jerusalem like the Jews?"

Answer: "Because the Samaritans had changed the 10th of the '10 commandments' to say that they should worship at Mount Gerizim."

Another example:

Question: "What does the Bible teach about divorce?"

Answer: "In the OT, Moses allowed men to divorce their wives for many reasons. In the New Testament, however, Jesus clarifies that Moses only allowed that because of the hardness of people's hearts, but it wasn't God's original intention at the beginning. Therefore the only time a man can divorce his wife is when she commits sexual immorality."

I hope my request/question is clear enough.


closed as too broad by curiousdannii, Nathaniel Feb 3 at 14:15

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  • Not sure why this is closed. The tool you are looking for is called a "Bible Dictionary" or "Bible Encyclopedia". It groups Bible teachings into concepts, rather than by Bible books and verses. So you will find an entry for "Tree of Life" or "Samaritans" or "Divorce", which will probably tell you what you want to know. You also might find "chain reference" Bibles helpful. – DJClayworth Feb 4 at 16:31
  • Thanks DJClayworth! I'm now downloading a 12 volume Cyclopedia freely available for TheWord program. I'll try chain reference Bibles if I need more. – Leo Feb 5 at 1:37