Bible word studies!!

It is a common idea that doing Bible word studies is the method for digging deep into the Bible.

A common idea, but a myth. A myth propagated by some popular “expository” preachers, in fact, who take a somewhat useful tool and blow it out of proportion.

To illustrate: if you were to do a Word Search Game on the Bible, the vast majority of words would be things like “is, are, the, a, an, some, of, this, that, to,” etc.

Here’s what it comes down to in the KJV, for example, but the same principle applies in the Hebrew and Greek –

Bible meaning: it’s not just the words used the counts,
it’s the way they’re arranged.

Added note: a method that seeks to interpret the Bible by such breaking down of the text into its tiniest components is said to be “atomistic.”

Bible word studies!!” by Gary S. Shogren, Professor of New Testament, Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica