Studying the Bible in-depth can be a daunting task. The following steps developed by Dr. Rebecca Idestrom (Associate Professor of Old Testament at Tyndale Seminary) are designed to help you engage the Scriptures responsibly and thoughtfully. Biblical interpretation and exegesis are skills developed over time, so don’t be discouraged if you find the process difficult at first! Going through these steps will give you tools to better understand the rich collection of texts that make up the Bible and deepen your understanding of the meaning and significance of this complex book as a whole. View steps as a PDF.
Approaching exegesis by moving through these steps will help you avoid missing out on critical aspects of the text and its meaning, and will help you write an effective paper.