Keep it simple and read it. There are a lot of things I don’t understand, but I’ve learned to wait on those things. I have been so blessed just starting in Genesis and taking my time. It is good to realize that God is more eager for you to understand than you realize.
Proverbs 4:20-22King James Version (KJV)
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Dictionaries, Lexicons, Atlas, Bible http://levendwater.org/index.cfm
A Critical Lexicon and Concordance To The Greek and English New Testament
plus many more resources in its ‘Tabs’.
Word EtymologyWords change in meaning through the years. Word etymology is one of the ways we can see the truth about something in the Bible we can’t quite understand. Here is a great article about the how word etymology (link to article) helps. There are great places to look for the etymology of a word listed at the end of the article.
Figures of Speech – http://bluehost.levendwater.org/books/figures_of_speech/index.htm
Numbers in Scripture – sometimes the number of times a word is used in scripture has meaninghttp://philologos.org/__eb-nis/
The Physical Bible The Bible is a book that can just sit on the coffee table or book shelf. It is has chapters like any other book. It also has verses and punctuation. A page usually has two columns with some margin notes in between. Some bibles have italics. Some bibles are written in old english and some in modern english. All these attributes were added to make the bible more readable! Keep this in mind when you read it! The bible is supposed to present the heart of God and between it’s covers the Word of God can be found.
Spaces between words and lowercase letters 900AD
Chapters 1227 AD
Verses 1551 AD
Italics 1560 AD Geneva Bible
Punctuation – 8-9th century -punctuation started to be consistently used
Translations and Versions – Bible History
On-line Translations of the Bible http://rockhay.tripod.com/worship/translat.htm
Companion BibleApendixes http://www.therain.org/appendixes/
Code of Hammurabi – This is a Babylonian code of law dating back to 1772 BC before Moses’s recording of the law. It reflects on the Babylonian culture and government
Abraham’s Family Genealogy http://www.therain.org/appendixes/app29.html
Josephus on Moses Antiquities of the Jews, Book II, 9:3
Resource: Maps and Books of the Bible