All study should be conducted using the "Seven Principles of Properly Interpreting Scripture."
See "Proper Interpretation" in the context of the teaching series "Bible Truth" for a complete study of the "Seven Principles of Properly Interpreting Scripture", and to understand their necessity, before engaging the bible.
Recommended Bibles and Books: Truth is in precision; and it is paramount for understanding the original scriptures.
An Amplified: Good beginner bible; it is translated in modern English and has many words already re-translated back to the original; not nearly enough, but it's a start.
King James Version: For advanced study; the truly best source toward the original. The best I've found, and is very affordable, is by Thomas Nelson Bibles; and is available at thomasnelson.com. Key words are: Holy Bible; KJV; Giant Print Edition; Words of Jesus in Red; with Concordance.
A Concordance; KJV: It is impossible to properly understand the truth of the original scriptures with out the ability to re-translate various keywords back to the original. That is done with a concordance. It contains all the words of a particular version for referencing, and the Hebrew and Greek definitions for each.
A Dictionary: I reccommend a dictionary that pre-dates the 1980's; the older the better. Best of all is the original Noah Webster's, 1828, "American Dictionary of the English Language; Foundation for American Christian Education." It clearly states Noah Webster's, an American founding father's, original intent.
Systematic Bible Study:
There are two basic ways to study scripture; line by line, and by theme or topic of particular interest. For you who are new to bible study, or have not read completely through the bible, I recommend beginning with line for line, before, or at least simultaneously with theme study. I have put together, what I believe, is a better way to read the scriptures line by line, than the way they are arranged in the bible. I begin by reading the later scriptures first, working somewhat backwards. My reasoning is; I find that reading the epistles, written by men that had now walked in the teachings of the gospels for decades, allow one to better understand the gospels when read. Likewise, new testament scriptures written to Jews, before the old. Plus, the epistles I begin with are shorter, and not so overwhelming when beginning.
Begin your complete study of the Bible by starting with the letter of James in the New Testament. Then proceed down through all the letters and books in the order that I've arranged them. Then do the same with the Old Testament. Don't forget to pray according to, and apply, the "Seven Principles of Proper Interpretation" each time you study.
Joshua 1:7 – 9; "… Be strong and very courageous, so that you may observe to do according to all the law… so that you will prosper wherever you go… meditate on it day and night, so that you will observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good access… Have I not commanded you; be strong and of good curry; be not afraid nor be dismayed for Yahweh your God will be with you wherever you go."
New Testament _______________________________________________________________
Letters of the Apostles
Letters of Paul to The Church's (Congregations)
Paul's Letters to Pastors
The Gospels about Jesus Christ
And to the Jews
The Church Begins
Old Testament ____________________________________________________________________________________
The Law that Jesus Came to Fulfill
...a blessing or a curse, you choose.
and Deuteronomy again
Righteousness (doing right according to the law) brings Victory / Blessings
Disobedience results in Defeat / Cursings
Faithfulness and Obedience unto "The Blessing"
To Government and Church Leaders
Separation of State and The Church: They have different admonitions. Test all leaders, of both the government and the church, whether they be of God or not, before pledging allegiance.
Called Out of Captivity Again and Again
as the result of disobedience / sin
And The Prophets
And Last, but not Least
Song of Solomon