The Synthetic Method of Bible Study

The sum of God's Word is truth.

There are so many confusing doctrines in the religious community at large. Many are polar opposites.

However, in most cases religious error can be avoided with the application of some basic interpretive skills.

In this lesson, we explore the “synthetic method” of Bible interpretation.

First we will define the synthetic method.

Then we will explore a number of “real-life” applications of this important, fundamental approach to the Word of God.


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  1. Comment by Herb Carnagey at 9:26PM.

    We are most fortunate to have the Word of God. We are much more blessed when we rightly synthesize the information and rest our obedience on the totality of what that Word says about any subject. The Bible is a library of sixty-six books and as we proceed to enrich our lives with its great topics we must make sure we use the whole thing or we may not have the whole truth about any of its topics. This lesson points out the importance of doing that and gives several very important illustrations. What about “faith only” salvation? What about “bread only” for the Lord’s Supper? What about “death only” before being married again? What about “saints only” while doing church benevolence? This lesson can aid with answers to these topics and the principles apply to any Bible theme. It is a great lesson.

  2. Comment by Richard Parsons at 3:24PM.

    I was talking to someone about salvation and he said that we are saved by “faith only”. He quoted John 3:16 to support what he was teaching. I showed him other passages about repentance, confession, and baptism as they relate to salvation. I think that was probably the first time that he had ever considered any other part of the scripture concerning salvation.

    This lesson is very good; very helpful to us all.

    Thank you,


  3. Comment by Reuben Rog at 7:41PM.

    This such a needed study. We need to understand that we can and should never take pieces of the Bible and run with it. You either take the Bible as a whole or you don’t take it at all. Some say “We can’t understand the Bible completely” and “we all have our own opinion/interpretation of what the Bible says” and to that I always ask, “Who wrote the Bible? If you wrote a book would you want other to take that what you wrote out of context and have you saying things you never intended?”
    God wrote the Bible and He didn’t have multiple opinions or interpretations of it, just one…HIS. And we can know what He want us to know in the Bible. We just need to apply ourselves to a study of it in its entirety.