Methods of Reading the Bible

From the SVD VADEMECUM

1. Continuous Reading: Reading three or four chapters every day, paying attention to special words, motifs and symbols.

2. Attentive Reading: Reading the same text, repeatedly, aloud or silently, answering the questions, Who? What? Where? When? How? Why? Reading the passage in different translations or in different languages; writing out the text; looking up all the cross-references. Paying special attention to the elements that refer to the spread of the Word, mission, dialogue etc.; paying attention to the cultural aspects. Jotting down insights, discoveries, questions and challenges for action.

3. Prayerful Reading in four steps : Reading, Meditation, Prayer, and Contemplation which leads to action.

4. Liturgical Reading: As done in the liturgical assembly, where the Word of God is proclaimed and celebrated for us to be nourished by both the Word and the Sacrament.

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