“I Wonder” Questions

Part of the “How to Study the Bible” Series

One way to begin to study the Bible is to slow down and notice “I Wonder” questions that come to mind as your are reading the text. When you READ TO SEE questions, you will begin to look for answers.

Use the prompts below to help you READ TO SEE the things you wonder about.

I wonder WHO
  • the human author is.
  • was in the original audience.
I wonder WHAT
  • the author’s purpose was
  • kind of writing(poem, hymn, letter, narrative, etc.) this is.
  • the author’s purpose was.
  • kind of writing (poem, hymn, letter, narrative, etc.) this is.
  • cultural, political, geographical setting, or personal circumstance, the writer and audience was in.
I wonder WHEN & WHERE
  • the human author wrote the text.
  • the original audience received the text.
  • this prophecy, promise, warning, instruction applies.
I wonder WHY
  • the human author chose this particular verb tense, word, phrase, illustration, example, metaphor, symbol, comparison, or tone.
  • this word or phrase is used in one translation and not the other.
  • the author emphasized this word, phrase, concept, or theme.
I wonder HOW
  • this text fits within God’s overall story.
  • the audience interpreted and reacted to this message.
  • the geographical, cultural, and historical setting, and the worldview of the audience, affected their understanding of this text.
  • my geographical, cultural, and historical setting, along with my worldview, affects my understanding of the passage.
I wonder IF
  • this word or phrase meant the same thing to the original audience as it means to me.
  • there are other places in this book, or in the Bible, that use this particular word or phrase, or that say something like this.
  • the author always uses this word or phrase in the same way.
I wonder IF ___ BECAUSE ___
  • if ___ is true because ___.
  • if ___ is happening (happened, will happen) because ___.
I wonder IF ___ THEN ___
  • if ___ then what result or consequence will follow.
  • if the passage is saying ___, then how does that affect my understanding:
    • of who God is.
    • of who I am.
    • of my relationship to God and others.

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