Understanding Your Bible

Build an Index for your Bible

Learn to USE your Bible - Week One - Part Three 💕

Unless you are already very familiar with the sixty-six books of your Bible, building a tabbed index can be a helpful tool. If you have already memorized the books of your Bible, you’re probably thinking, “What possible benefit can there be in spending my time building an index? I already know all of this!”

Have you ever met anyone who knows All there is to know about God’s Word? Please trust me when I suggest you’ll learn something new, and significant, just by taking the time to refresh your knowledge of things you thought you knew all about already.

We’ll be using Sticky Tabs, those little peel off index tabs you can find in the office supply section of any grocery or drug store. Of course Bible Index tabs are readily available at your Bible Book Store…but they are permanent and can, over time, tear away from the pages. Sticky tabs work equally as well and can be removed or re-positioned at any time without damage to your Bible.

so, let’s get started

About six pages into most Bibles you will find a Table Of Contents with page numbers for every book. Find the Table of Contents and

PUT A STICKY TAB ON THE PAGE SO YOU CAN TURN TO IT IN AN INSTANT.

The Books of Moses

The first five books of your Bible, found in the Old Covenant, are traditionally attributed to Moses authorship and are referred to in Christianity as “the Pentateuch.”(pent-tu,took) To our Jewish friends they are the Torah. According to Jewish tradition the Torah was revealed to Moses, in 1312 BCE at Mount Sinai.

These books record the history of God’s interaction with his people from creation through the burial of Moses.

USING 5 TABS OF THE SAME COLOR – PLACE A STICKY TAB ON THE FIRST PAGE OF EACH OF THE BOOKS OF MOSES

They are:
GENISES
EXODUS
LEVITICUS
NUMBERS and
DEUTERONOMY

USING 9 TABS OF A SECOND COLOR – PUT A STICKY TAB ON THE FIRST PAGE OF EACH HISTORICAL BOOK:

The Book of Joshua

Here the story of the nation of Israel crossing the Jordan river and moving forward to possess the Promised Land begins. It covers one hundred and ten years, during which Joshua, whose name in Hebrew, means “Yahweh is salvation” led the children of Israel. his epitaph can be found in Chapter 24, verse 31.

“As long as Joshua lived, the people of Israel served the Lord, and after his death they continued to do so as long as those leaders were alive who had seen for themselves everything that the Lord had done for Israel.”

Judges & Ruth

THE BOOK OF JUDGES is composed of stories from the lawless period of Israel’s history between Joshua’s death and the establishment of the monarchy.

THE BOOK OF RUTH is set in the violent times of the Judges and tells the story of a Moabite woman who married into the Jewish linage of Jesus.

Samuel, Kings, Chronicles,
Ezra and Nehemiah

These books provide a history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Here you will find Samuel, the prophet, King Saul, and David – the giant killer made King.

USING 11 TABS OF ANOTHER COLOR – PUT A sticky TAB ON EACH:

JOSHUA
JUDGES
RUTH
1 SAMUEL
2 SAMUEL
1 KINGS
2 KINGS
1 CHRONICLES
2 CHRONICLES
EZRA ( and
NEHEMIAH

Esther & Job

Two short books are tucked between the History Books and the Psalms.

Psalms, Proverbs, and the writings of Solomon.

PSALMS The ancient Hebrew name for the Book of Psalms was “The Book of Praises.” As you probably already know The Psalms are a beautiful, comforting and inspiring portion of God’s Word. It is almost in the middle of your Bible, so it naturally falls open- ready to praise – when your heart wants to give God glory and honor.

PROVERBS, ECCLESIASTES, THE SONG OF SONGS
The writings of Solomon – King of Israel – son of David. Wisdom, and madness. Joy and depression. Rich in imagery. Fact or allegory?

USE A SPECIAL COLOR TAB TO MARK BEGINNING OF EACH:

ESTHER
JOB
PSALMS
PROVERBS
ECCLESIASTES and
SONG OF SONGS

The Prophets

PUT A STICKY TAB AT THE BEGINNING OF ISAIAH

In your journal, make a note to remind yourself to complete an index for the books of the Prophets in some meaningful way during the coming week. And remember – if the book you’re looking for wasn’t written by Moses, or Joshua – if it isn’t history (Judges, Kings or Chronicles) and it’s in the Old Testament, it’s probably after Psalms and before the Gospels – in other words, among the writings of the Prophets, between Isaiah and Malachi.

Additional Study Aides

In the reference materials at the back of your Bible you will find a variety of study aids, maps, and perhaps a limited Concordance.

PUT A STICKY TAB ON THE PAGES THAT ARE SIGNIFICANT TO YOUR STUDY HABITS.