Establish the Best Textual Base Possible
- Use the original languages if you can. Compare Various versions and translations (NASV; HCSB; ESV; NKJV; NLT; NIV). Utilize good exegetical commentaries.
Investigate the Text Linguistically
- Make a lexical (definitional) study of crucial words. Research the passage for key words, phrases, and ideas.Track the verbs! Cross Reference.
Consider and Identify the Genre and Context of the Passage
- What is the literary type (history, poetry, prophetic, apocalyptic)? What literary devices are used? Is there any indication for the life situation from which the material came?
Analyze the Structure of the Passage
- Determine if the material constitutes a literary unity. Is there a logical sequence of ideas present? Isolate the basic themes or emphases. Outline the text you are studying. Use the outline as the framework for your teaching.