Overview: A brief discussion of this writing Outline: An outline of the material in this writing in outline (not prose) form Contents: What does this writing discuss on a literal level? (An outline in prose form)
Authorship: Who wrote this writing? Date: What year was this writing written? Purpose: Why was this writing written?
Historical Context: What were the political, social and religious circumstances at the time the writing was written, or at the time the events described in the writing occurred? Recipients: Who were the people this writing was intended for? Location: Where was this writing written?
Geography: Where do the events occurring within this writing take place? Key Figures: Who are the individuals significant to this writing?
Relationship: How does this particular writing interact with content from other particular books within the canon? Placement: How does the location of this writing within the canon contribute to the narrative arc of the Bible? Canonicity: How did this writing come to be included as part of the canon? Historicity: To what extent did the events occurring in this writing literally occur in history? Authenticity: To what extent are this writing’s internal claims about its composition accurate?
Unity: Was this writing originally a contiguous unified whole, or is it made up of different parts compiled at a later date? Composition: What source material was used in the creation of this writing? Text: Do the manuscripts of this writing indicate that the text has been affected by the transmission of scribal errors? Title: How did this writing come to have its current name? Style: How does the language of this writing contribute to its genre, literary quality, and meaning? Structure: How do the various divisions inherent within the writing reflect the meaning of the writing?
Theme: What distinctive concern or subject pervades this writing? Emphases: What are some of the major ideas this writing addresses? Interpretation: How can the meaning of this writing be explained? Message: What is the main idea the book communicates to its readers? Theology: What information regarding church doctrine does this writing address? Significance: How has this writing made an impact on its various readers over the centuries? Spiritual Content: What is the devotional application of this writing?
Bibliography: A list of other resources containing information on this writing
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