Internet Based Bible Study Tool
Something we can use more of is free, online, Bible study tools. I believe this so much which is why I started The Preacher’s Suite (beginning with The Preacher’s Library). There are a few notable services online. The Resurgence Greek Project, and theWord are two good ones. Most are quite useful to your studies in their own way.
I came across a new free service today called, BibleArc.com, which was possibly derived from John Piper’s teaching on a biblical interpretation process called “arching.” Piper said, “What has come to be known as arcing, has proven to be a most fruitful exectical tool. Its principles undergird my whole approach to biblical interpretation.”
The web site explains, “Arcing is a graphical tool used to determine, document, and discuss the flow of thought in the Biblical text.” Namely, enhance your studies by breaking up the sentence fragments (called propositions) into ideas and thoughts. Then, by grouping these thoughts in relationship to each other, you create an arching system where segments are connected to others.
This is a basic principle to interpreting Scripture whereby you are focusing on small propositions of the text (for better understanding) and then comparing them with those surrounding propositions in order to see the context. For example, Romans 3:23 reads, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It can be divided into two coordinating propositions: (1) for all have sinned; and (2) and fall short of the glory of God.” See the image below of how it would look in the arching service.
The service looks very intriguing and very useful, especially for those who are just getting started with biblical interpretation and have some basic knowledge of English grammar. The service is apparenly new and so the downfall of the service is its lack of beauty and usability. It does have a small learning curve. But, it is still obviously in its baby stages. It needs a good designer with usability skills to improve it.
All in all, I think that it will do well. I’m going to try it out for a time and see how it helps. If nothing else, it will get your to think more about the way you study.
Visit the site and create your own Bible Archs: http://www.biblearc.com