Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bible "Study"

I have started a Bible 'study' of sorts.  Well, it's more like a Bible 'definition'..
The Book of James is my "jumping off" place, since this is one of my favorite books.
The idea is to define each word of the verse so that it becomes more understandable, and in my opinion, more personal.  I am NOT going to do every word, and maybe not every verse, but I am going to tackle the meat of it.  Some things are very simple to grasp, so reading it will suffice. 
Here is the first one I did and the way I've chosen to do it:

James 1:1
"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting."
James:  one of the twelve apostles - Son of Zebedee and brother to the apostle John.  Author of the book of James.
a servant:  an individual who performs duties about the person or home of a master.
Of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ:   God - the one Supreme being, the creator and ruler of the universe.  Jesus Christ - the Son of God.
to the twelve tribes:  the twelve tribes named after Jacob's twelve sons:  Eastern- Judah, Issachar & Zebulan;  Southern - Reuben, Simeon & Gad;  Western - Ephraim, Manasseh & Benjamin and Northern;
Dan, Asher & Naphtali.
which are scattered:  distributed or occurring at widely spaced and usually irregular (there is nothing irregular about God) intervals.
abroad:  broadly; widely; far and wide
greeting:  to address with some form of salutation; welcome

So, there you have it.  Day one.  Right now I am using until I can get a concordance.  It is my regular "Webster" - my "go to" dictionary .  I have to be very careful that I am not defining the "world's" view of Biblical matters, and that is a scary thing if you are not a Bible scholar, which I am not, obviously - so pray I keep my eyes open!

PS -  It helps to have someone hold you accountable and remind you of what you have said you are going to do, and . . . . then text you to see if you are doing it!  Thanks Nancy ;)

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