Observing a Passage

If you know what types of things to notice when observing a passage of the Bible, you’ll be able to see more than you normally do.  Make sure you look for elements in all three of the below categories: context, content, and connections.

Context: 

  • Passages before and after
  • Place within the whole book of the Bible 
  • Culture of original readers
  • Old Testament references 

Content: 

  • Characters 
  • Relationships
  • Location
  • Actions
  • Time
  • Numbers 

Connections: 

  • Repetition
  • Comparison/ Contrast ("but")
  • Images/ Metaphors ("is like")
  • Cause/ Effect ("so", "that")
  • Reasons ("for", "because")
  • Conditions ("if...then")