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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Living Stream Ministry (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073630407X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736304078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world. For more details concerning Watchman Nee, please see www.watchmannee.org

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Nathan W. Cheng on November 9, 2002
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This book has two main sections: "Preparing the Person" and "Methods of Studying the Bible". In the Introduction, Nee writes: "Many of [the books published on the study of the Bible] are very good, but almost all are short in one matter--they only pay attention to methods of studying the Bible; they do not pay enough attention to the person who is studying the Bible. They give the impression that anyone who uses these methods will achieve good results...Those who have written books on the study of the Scripture have studied the Scripture well, but those who try to imitate them by approaching the Bible with the same methods do not necessarily fare as well. The study of the Bible is not only a matter of methods but a matter of the person. Some study the Bible well because they--the persons--have learned the proper lessons from God. When they find the right methods to assist in their study, they reap rich results. It is wrong to pass on methods without considering the kind of person one has to be. Even when some have the right methods, they can never study the Bible well because they are wrong in their very person."
Nee then goes on to show from the Bible that in order to properly study the Bible, one must be spiritual, must be consecrated to God, must be practiced in objectivity and accuracy, must be of a non-petty character--not straining out the gnat while swallowing the camel, must enter into the thoughts of the Holy Spirit, must enter into the facts recorded by the Holy Spirit, and must enter into the spirit of the Scriptures.
The second section of the book--"Methods of Studying the Bible"--is very much focused on practical methods, tools, and plans.
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I really enjoyed how this book began - the focus was placed squarely on the shoulders of each individual to prepare himself to receive insight and truth from God's Word. The problem with interpretation, according to Nee, isn't with the Bible itself or the words on the page, it is with the heart of man. J.I. Packer once wrote, "One of the many divine qualities of the Bible is that it does not yield its secrets to the irreverent and the censorious." Nee would agree wholeheartedly. In How to Study the Bible, Nee writes, "Don't ask what the Bible teaches, ask whether you are willing to obey." And, again, he reiterates his point that "spiritual things can only be communicated to spiritual men."

With this caveat in mind, Nee moves on to suggest that a student of Scripture needs to be cautious, focused, diligent and objective in their approach to study. Once a student of Scripture has learned to navigate with care, Nee encourages them to connect with the Spirit of the Living God who is alive and active in giving light and understanding to those who will seek Him. Nee writes, "[t]he ministry of the word is the release of the spirit."

The second half of the book moves from preparation to practice where Nee gives dozens of examples of how to study the Bible. He begins with a few "keys" to studying Scripture including memorizing and mediating on Scripture, two infrequent spiritual disciplines. Finally, Nee gives several suggested plans for studying the Bible including the examination of biblical main characters, the study of the various women of the Bible, a look at the significance and meaning of biblical prophecies, a study of the miracles and the parables of Christ, an in depth examination of biblical prayers and even a study of the significance of biblical geography.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Spencer S Tay on November 25, 2001
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This books focuses not so much on techniques that can be employed in reading the Bible but first and foremost on the reader.
God speaks through Watchman Nee His intention when we come to the Bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 20, 2013
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How to Study the Bible is a classic masterpiece of Christian religious study. Although not as well known as contemporary writers, Watchman Née draws a hard but loving line for thoughtful Christian Bible study. Née does not espouse a particular religious denomination, he advocates the Cross of Jesus and the loving God behind the Cross. How to Study the Bible is for those who feel their Bible study has gone stale, or who need meat not milk to advance in their spiritual life.
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
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I'm very proud when I found this book. Because, I fell confuse when I read the bible.
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By Denise J. Singleton on February 7, 2014
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I love this book because it made me think not so much about the method in which I study the Bible but rather how I approach the Bible. Another words you must be in Spirit to understand the Bible because God is a Spirit. I have heard so many people say, "I read the Bible but do not understand it." The Word of God tells us a carnal mind cannot understand the things of God because they are spiritually discerned. I totally agree with this book, you must read the Word of God in the Spirit of God to comprehend what God is saying. This is an excellent book. Denise
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