FRESH EYES TECHNIQUES
CATEGORIES, DESCRIPTIONS AND LISTS
Many people are already familiar with a handful of Bible study techniques, like cross-referencing, using a concordance, doing word studies, checking commentaries for historical and cultural data. These are important. Think of them as coming to scripture with a magnifying glass(MG). Skilled use of those techniques will often result in seeing passages with Fresh Eyes. I use them all the time, and you will find my description of many of them in the following “Magnifying Glass” section. However, there are study and reflection techniques that are not in that category. I have identified two more categories with different “eye sight” metaphors: corrective lenses(CL), Virtual Reality (VR) goggles. Sometimes people use those techniques without knowing they are doing it. Part of my mission is to identify, describe and illustrate those techniques so they can be employed consciously and purposefully as you go to scripture. None of these techniques require academic training or scholarly knowledge. That’s good news! CLICK ON THE ICONS BELOW TO READ A MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EACH CATEGORY AND TO GET A DOWNLOADABLE HANDOUT.
Techniques to help a reader carefully observe the details found in the text, immediate context and whole context of Scripture, so as to arrive at an accurate understanding of the meaning and significance of the passage before making any application or drawing any conclusions.
Techniques to help you “rethink” or reconsider your own ideas or the conventional understanding and application of a particular passage.
VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) GOGGLES
Techniques to help you embellish the biblical text with historically, culturally and biblically accurate details to get an immersive view of the passage, or to help readers imagine scenarios and their implications if one or more of the details of the text were different.
FRESH EYES TECHNIQUES DESCRIPTIONS AND LISTS
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Get a downloadable PDF of all 31 techniques organized according to the book and chapter they are found in.
Get a downloadable PDF of all 31 techniques organized by the three Fresh Eyes categories: magnifying glass, corrective lenses and virtual reality goggles.
Get a downloadable PDF of all 31 techniques described. Note: These are the same descriptions as found below each of the videos combined into one document.