This book is arranged in three parts. Part I deals with the subject of why the Bible must be studied and not merely read. It explains the reasons why God intends for every Christian to be a serious student of the Scriptures. It also gives the main reasons why Bible study is absolutely necessary for the spiritual good of the individual Christian, for the church, and for the cause of Christ in this world. Part II surveys the essentials for Bible study and the basic principles of biblical interpretation. This discussion of the essentials is spiritual, academic and practical. A list of basic helps is given and evaluated for the student who desires an intelligent, practical approach to Bible study. The section on the principles of interpretation covers both general issues and the more specialized rules for understanding figures of speech, poetry and prophecy. In Part III, the student is introduced to various methods of Bible study, seeking to give necessary direction, discipline and organization to the study of the Scriptures. The three major methodologies—synthetic, analytical and topical—are discussed and illustrated in their various aspects.