Assignment 13: How to Study the Bible In-Depth: Galatians

How to Study the Bible

An In-Depth Study of the Book of Galatians

Assignment Thirteen

When writing, different composition styles are used to help bring across the meaning of the text. See if you can find examples of these in Galatians.


          Preparation: Background information given to prepare the reader for the material to follow. Example: John 1:1-18


          Comparison: Two things are compared to show similarities. Example: II Timothy 2:3


          Contrast: Two things are compared to show differences. Example: II Timothy 1:9


          Repetition: A word or phrase is repeated to highlight an idea. Example: John 1:1-14


          Progression: A series of ideas each building upon the previous idea. Example: John 1:1, 14, 17.


          Climax: The pinnacle reached by a progression.


          Pivotal Point: Where a change occurs in a story or presentation. Example: Matthew 24:35 is the pivot between Matthew 23:1-24:34 and Matthew 24:36-25:46. Or, the book of Acts first follows Peter and then Paul.


          Radiation: A central idea from which or to which other ideas point. Example: I Corinthians 15 radiates around the theme of the resurrection.


          Interchange: A sequential alternation between two or more ideas. Example: At the beginning of Luke the story alternates between John and Jesus.


          Deductive Reasoning: A presentation of proof moving from a general idea to a specific point.


          Inductive Reasoning: A presentation of proof giving a series of specific points to draw a general conclusion.


          Cause and Effect: Example: The cause of Lazarus’ death (John 11:4) lead to the following effects (John 11:45; 12:17-18).


          Explanation: An idea is presented and then explained. Example: The discussion of the bread of life in John 6.


          Interrogation: A question is then followed by an answer. Example: Romans 6:1-2


          Summary: Restating the highlights of something given in detail earlier. Example: Deuteronomy 1-4, Acts 7