Identify Related Passages

Part of the “How to Study the Bible” Series

One way to begin to study the Bible is by identifying passages that are connected, in some way, with the passage you are studying. INVESTIGATE TO KNOW the author’s intended meaning by comparing the passage you are studying with related passages.

6 Types of Related Passages

  1. Texts that tell the same story.
  2. Texts that repeat significant phrases.
  3. Texts that have the same ideas or themes.
  4. Texts that contradict or contrast.
  5. Texts that show the cause of an effect; the result or purpose of an action; or the conditions in which an action may occur.
  6. Texts that clarify, tell more, or explain.

9 Questions to ask about Related Passages

  1. What details about people, places, things, or events do I see that will help me understand my text?
  2. Do I see a comparison or contrast that will help me understand my text?
  3. Are there similar words, phrases, or language structures that add clarity?
  4. Is the context the same or different, and what additional information does the context provide?
  5. When in history, and under which biblical covenants, are the related passages located, and what difference does it make?
  6. What broader or clearer understanding of who God is; of who I am; or of the relationship between God, the world, and me does this passage provide?
  7. Is the author the same or different and what difference might it make?
  8. What else do I see that will help me understand my text?
  9. What does this passage tell me about my text?