Reading the Bible

One of the ways that you can keep your faith fresh at university is to read your Bible. The Bible has been central as a means of inspiration and guidance for Christians across the ages and throughout the world, in all kids of diverse situations. It’s also important because it contains the scriptures of Judaism, in which Christianity was grounded, and the earliest surviving documents that witness about Jesus.

There are many ways to read the Bible. You can sit down and read a whole book of the Bible at once if you like, or read chapters in more detail. Some bibles have a list of suggested passages for particular topics, or a list of well-known parables to explore. There are also apps such as ‘Bible in One Year’ that you can download, which suggest passages to read each day, and there are lots of reading plans available online.

You might find it useful to read the Bible through the eyes of people who have never read it before (see, for example, the book by Symon Hill called ‘The Upside-Down Bible’) or alongside a commentary or study guide.

A deeper way of reading the Bible is called ‘Lectio Divina’ which is explained in Why Pray? article. This method can be done on your own, but is more commonly done in a group. It is useful for drawing out meaning from the text, as it is reflective and encourages a deeper discussion of ideas.

Theological reflection is another important method for bringing together Bible study and our experience of life. It is used by many Christians when reflecting on ethics and discipleship, for example asking how we can follow Jesus in a particular situation. You can find out more about theological reflection here

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