Year of Writing Commentary


Just a reminder, that this is year one of writing commentary on things you’re learning in your Bible study. I started Jan. 1 in Romans 1:1.

So, after your Bible study (or during it), take notes in a special note file inside your Bible software.  Please make sure your Bible study session is a minimum of 15 minutes a day! If you are a Pastor or in ministry, double that. As a matter of fact, if you are a Pastor, you need to make sure that you’re studying your Bible at least an hour a day, or your congregation will have your hide. God requires a Pastor to spend time in prayer and studies of the Bible. Everything else is secondary.

E-Sword instructions: If I remember right, E-Sword comes with Study Notes, Topic Notes and Journal Notes already made. This would all go into your study notes. Remember to uncheck the little chain icon before you start writing, and then check it again once you’re done.

Swordsearcher instructions:  Under “User” click “Create new user Commentary”. Now all you have to do to add notes is click the four diamonds, and a window will open up to add your notes.

King James Pure Bible Search: Click CTRL+M or go to Edit>Add/Edit/Delete User Note. The user note editor will pop open. Save the note when done typing.

theWord: File>New User Module>Commentary. Name it, give it initials (Dean Commentary DCT) and save it. Now you can start typing away. Make sure you go slowly when trying to expand theWord to fill the window, or you’ll close it down every time. This was a major reason (besides its untidy, cluttered appearance) I gave up using it back in Seminary.

Logos: Create a manuscript, and NAME it “Dean Commentary”. No kidding (it’s a hidden thing in Logos) it will prioritize it, especially if you add a link on your taskbar to it. The more you add to it, no kidding, the more Logos will begin to refer to it as you write.

Okay, this should get you started on the “How-to”. Now you just need to start!

Go to Romans 1:1. Read all of Romans 1 and start taking notes in your commentary. You’re going to make notes every third verse (1:1, 1:4, 1:7, etc). Why? Because next year is the second year of commentary, and the year after that is the third year. In three years, you will have written study notes (if not commentary) on every verse in the Bible.

Recommended commentaries: The Bible. The Bible is its own best commentary. In this regard, Pure Bible Search gives you an advantage by FORCING you to use ONLY the Bible and ONLY the Webster’s 1828.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary by John Walvoord is the next best. Flawed, highly Evangelical, and based upon the NIV (UGH!), but still the best commentary you can get.

Look things up. Use Bible Analyzer. Is this the first time that word is used in the Bible? Unless it’s Gen. 1:1, make a note of it! Is this a word used 5 times or Less in the Bible? Make a note of that.

Open the TSK. Follow the rabbit, and see where the references take you. Literally, this is how David Cloud learned all the Bible stuff he learned, using a Strong’s, and eventually adding a TSK. His own notes took the form of a Bible Encyclopedia, instead of a commentary. And yes, you can buy a copy of it.

You’ll add a lot to your commentary as you go along, so don’t worry if you only get a few sentences in at first.

Yesterday’s blog article came out of my commentary.

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Studying the word with Swordsearcher


Swordsearcher really is one of those programs I’ve always liked, but you know, $59 goes a long way in this world. Every time I get a new computer, I load in the Swordsearcher demo and play with it, trying to decide whether or not to buy it. Yesterday I finally took the plunge and bought it.

I really can’t describe the emotion I went through buying it. I own how many Bible programs? I’ve paid for several, including several hundred dollars for Logos (and saved quite a bit of money the way I did it!). But for some reason, I felt the most incredible satisfaction buying it.

I do know most Fundamentalists swear by Swordsearcher. If you’re a narrow is the way King James Only Fundamentalist, apparently Swordsearcher is the most commonly used Bible program.

I’ve written a few articles using Swordsearcher, and this current one is no exception. What makes Swordsearcher so special? I’ll tell you. While the Greek  Textus Receptus is available in many programs, the Hebrew Old Testament is not. Quite literally, Swordsearcher is the only one to feature the Ben Chayyim Masoretic Hebrew texts.

I need to explain that just a touch. All the Bible programs offer the Ben Asher Masoretic text. The words “Ben Asher” and “Masoretic” do not go together. It’s like the “Majority text” name – the manuscripts it is connected to is not the majority of the Greek texts used – that’s the Textus Receptus – but they changed the name of the modern texts to confuse Christians. In other words, they lied.

It’s the same with the Ben Asher. They lied to confuse Christians. Only the Ben Chayyim should be used, and only the Ben Chayyim should be called Masoretic. The Ben Asher is invalid under Jewish law.

Now that I’ve explained that, what do you do when you purchase Swordsearcher? They make that clear, just in case there’s problems later. Take the install files you downloaded, and copy it to CD Rom or to a USB to permanently safeguard it. Also, I’d put the download key, download link instructions and the registration number into Evernote immediately. I’ve done that with the registrations for every program I own. Almost losing all my e-mail earlier this year nearly cost me passwords and registration numbers to all my software, so I put all that into Evernote immediately.

The next thing you want to do is go to the User tab on the menu bar, and click “Create New User Commentary.” Call it whatever you like. “My commentary” is good, but it seems like the kind of name you’d call it and think later on, “I wonder what that is?” I’m kidding. I called it My Commentary.

Next, create a user book. Call it “My Topical Studies.” Here’s a list to get you started.

Sanctification
Salvation
Faith
Bible
Jesus Christ
Prophecies of the Messiah
Prophecies of the End Times
The Rapture
Heretics
Sin

That’s just a few of the topical studies you’ll end up with.

You’re ready to get started. You’ll see that there’s four little icons on the very left of each verse. The one with 4 diamonds is your commentary. If it’s grayed out, you have nothing written there. Well, of course – you just created it. The goal is after 3 years, you should have ZERO verses in Swordsearcher with grayed out commentary icons. Every one of them should be black. This will let you know that you’ve written something there.

So, get those two made, and go to your “My Topical Studies” user book. Under Bible, click to edit it, and then add “Luke 8:21”. Click the green arrow, and it saves it. Ta-da! You’ve got your first entry made in what is your own Topical Bible.

Under Luke 8:21 in My Commentary, I added these words…

ἀκούοντες, hear the word of God, λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ

I did this as a test, because a lot of Bible programs cannot save Greek or Hebrew. I did go to the interlinear page in Swordsearcher and check, but it only shows the Lemma of the form, not the actual manuscript. That’s a fancy way for saying it only had the dictionary form of the Greek word, and not the Greek text itself. When you go to the TR tab (Textus Receptus), you’ll see the Manuscript form. Don’t fall into the trap of only looking at the Strong’s KJV tab – start learning some Greek and learn about tenses and sentence structure. The tenses are important!

Okay, let’s get into how to study the Bible using Swordsearcher.

Set up a reading plan. Understand you’re going to first read your Bible, then go back to the beginning of it and start study. Remember, reading is not study. If Swordsearcher allowed it, I’d say set up two reading plans – one is your reading plan through the year (such as a 120 day schedule for reading your Bible), and the other your study plan. But to my knowledge, Swordsearcher does not allow it.

As you study (the study part, not the reading part), try to put a comment in at least every third verse. Next year will be one of the other ones, and the year after that, the only verses you haven’t put commentary in. Guess what? If you’d started this in 2016, this would be your last year of doing it!

So, write comments in Gen. 1:1, and the next one you’ll comment in is Gen. 1:4.

BTW, if you know your shorthand, the way to quickly get to a book in the Bible is Ge 1.4 for Genesis 1:4. Type that in the reference window.

Start using the Webster’s 1828 to accumulate definitions, and cross check that against the Greek. ANYTHING you learn should go into your “My Commentary” window.

A good way to get started is to also put in every cross reference to your active verse (the () icon) inside your commentary. That’s your road map.

Remember, reading is not study. You have ALL the tools you really need inside Swordsearcher.

Now, if you REALLY want to REALLY learn your Bible, this year do 120 day reading plans. Make the third time through in the year a 125 day reading plan, so you’re finishing up on the 31st instead of on the 26th.

If you want to make HUGE inroads in your study, you can buy the Way Of Life Encyclopedia and Things Hard to Be Understood by David Cloud for Swordsearcher. The WOLE will quickly be your go-to dictionary. I strongly recommend it.

Try to find at least two words at random to look up in a dictionary. If of course, you see a word you’re not sure of, then that should be one of the words. But the act of looking things up in the Webster’s and the WOLE will greatly benefit your understanding of the Bible.

Again, the goal is not to complete your commentary in one year. It usually takes ten years to complete a commentary on the Bible. You’re going to get something in every verse after three years, and then you can leisurely refine it over several years after it.

Here’s the exercise – it’s half an hour after the Rapture. Someone finds your laptop sitting open in your house. Swordsearcher is open. And for the unbelieving person who just found your computer, something that explains EVERY VERSE in the Bible is now available.

That’s what you’re writing. And if you’re a pastor, do them a favor and make sure you put copious notes in Timothy and Titus on how to run a church!

The Effectual Bible Student #12


This is the last one!

If you were too busy and didn’t bother to watch these, go back… These are some of the most important videos you’ll ever watch – how to study the Bible from someone who is an expert in Bible study. I’ve graduated Seminary with a high GPA, and I can honestly tell you I learned some things watching this series!

Effectual Bible Student, Part 12 – Bible Study Software from Way of Life Literature on Vimeo.

The Effectual Bible Student #10


Effectual Bible Student, Part 10 – Rules for Interpretation (cont), Bible Study Tools from Way of Life Literature on Vimeo.