Basic Background Questions
To Study Any Book Of The Bible
Author - who wrote the book?
Recipients - to whom was the book written?
Date of Writing – when was the book written?
Geography – where was the author; the recipients; any pertinent land or water features?
Culture – are there any significant social issues; trade, economy, kings, gods, war, etc.?
Dispensational Distinction – the message speaks to people in which dispensation?
Theme – what is the main topic & purpose of writing; why was the book written?
Place in Canon – how does the book relate to other books of the Bible?
Literary Form – is the book law, poetry, a letter (epistle), history, a narrative, etc.?
Outline – make a simple outline of the book; keep it basic; (not always necessary).
Keep your answers brief: one word, or only one or two sentences. A very short paragraph (5-7 sentences) should be the most needed for your answers.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
James Utter 1/2013