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


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