[ Inductive Bible Study ] 歸納法研經
Επαγωγικός Μελέτης Αγίας Γραφής מחקר אינדוקטיבי התנ"ך
The Method : Step 1 - Observe
Lesson 2 : Repetitions
Again, in this step of making observations, you ask yourself:
What to look for
When it is something important, or when there's a point to be made, God often repeats it.
"What kind of repetition?" you asked.
Anything. Words, phrases, sentences, people, events, concepts, characters, themes, topics, kitchen sinks, etc. You'll be amazed how many repetitions you'll find. But of course, I don't mean trivial repetitions. But don't stop at looking for things that are exactly the same. Look for similarities and parallels as well. Often times comparisons are made. Note them as well.
As an example, let's take a look at Psalm 1. (The link will take you to the NAS version, which is the preferred version for an in-depth study.) What do you see that are repeats, similarities, and comparisons?
PracticeNow for some more serious practice, let's look at another Bible passage: John 21:15-17 (NAS).
So when they had finished breakfast,
Jesus said to Simon Peter,
"Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these ?"He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."He said to him, "Tend My lambs."
He said to him again a second time,
"Simon, son of John, do you love Me?"He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep."
He said to him the third time,
"Simon, son of John, do you love Me?"Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time,And he said to Him, "Do you love Me?" "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You."Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep.