Digging in words, theories and artefacts

The Bijbelvorser or Bibleresearcher

A “Bijbelvorser” is a person who does “vorsen”  or does research, study the Bible, explores, delves into the Bible.

A “Bijbelvorser”, a Bibleresearcher or Biblestudent is a person who tries to do diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into the subject of Biblical matters in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.. It is a person who wants to  investigate carefully everything what comes in front of his eyes. It is a person who enjoys to study, inquire, examine, scrutinize matters concerning the scriptures which form the Book of Books, better known as the Bible.

Alexander Cruden's Complete Concordance to the...

Alexander Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures. First published 1737. The first entry, for example, ‘abase’ appears in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) four times; in the books of Job, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The header of the column of the first entry, ‘abi’, is the first three letters of the last entry on that page. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To become satisfied in his research wants to do a systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or to collect information on the different subjects around persons, places and stories from those books. He wants to to carry out investigations into the different thoughts about those words which can be found in the Holy Scriptures but also in the words written about those books.

Open mind

To come to good research the researcher needs a very open mind and should be conscious about different possibilities and that it is not always black and white but that there exists a lot of shades of grey. As  a researcher the person should be open to allowing the data to take him in different directions. In the research we should not be afraid of different interpretations and should always show respect as well for those who think differently.

A big problem with Bible research is that there is one big abstract element, the existence of the Supreme Being, the Creator of all things, which scientifically can not be proven. For that we have to let our heart, eyes and brain speak. We encounter a lot of qualitative aspects which are abstract; they either do not require measurement or cannot be measured because the reality they represent can only be approximated. But knowledge of these aspects is gained through observation combined with interpretative understanding of the underlying thing or phenomenon. To understand what went on, why people behave in a certain way and what consequences it had, we try to gather an in-depth understanding of human behaviour and the reasons that govern such behaviour. To form a good idea we try to follow the historic lines like they are presented by many elements, writings, designs, artefacts, etc.. We think it is very important to collect data by both inductive and deductive thinking always checking what went on at that time in that place but also in other places. Further we do find it important to take the storyline and compare it with different sources, narratology, storytelling, classical ethnography, or shadowing.

Observance by the senses

English: A panorama of a research room taken a...

A panorama of a research room taken at the New York Public Library with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L IS. Español: Vista panorámica del interior de la sala de lectura de la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York. Français : Vue panoramique d’une salle de recherche de la Librairie publique de New York. Image prise avec un Canon 5D et un objectif 24-105mm f/4L IS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To research the Bible it is not always possible just to use only evidence that is observable by the senses, and the time to be covered is to big to know enough about it, so there should be given trust to other researchers and acceptance that they will  do their work in their field properly, so that we can trust their results. It is impossible to redo every finding from somebody else. In our findings we always should take into account from what culture, or denomination a person has looked on his material wand what he wanted to prove or to bring forward. Interesting on that level is that we do find enough material of people who where at first atheist who wanted to prove that God did not exist and that the stories of the Bible where just fantasies.  But their intensive research brought forward that they where mistaken and that those stories really did happen. Such works are a marvellous exploration and a revelation because the experiment to prove the opposite of the existence brought forward that it was reality. so we do not mind research where they try to convince others that something is not as such, because it can give enough material proof that it is really like it was written down in the old times. And that is often want to find out a confirmation of what has been written or of what some think.

Goal of research

Our goal of research is to get to know God better and to know how the world evolved and why certain things happen. We also do think the knowledge of the past can bring more insight in the why and how things happened. The discipline of learning about the material remains of man’s past is one of the very important piles in our work. Next to the archaeological research we do need the scientific research methods in history and philology and depend on the research of the historians. But a very important pile is made by the linguists who should give us insight in the languages used in all the writings of importance to our research. We may not only be restricted to monotheist writings but should also look at polytheist writings and Sacred books from the East and Far West. An other pile for the Bible researcher is that of the anthropologist. We may not overlook that sacred scriptures play very different roles in different religious cultures, but that they also can provide the authoritative key to the beliefs, practices and institutions of the religion under consideration.

English: Mobile marketing research - Methods

English: Mobile marketing research – Methods (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the research it is important that we try to concentrate on the sense of those historical writings and to take distance from the poetic imagination of the early and later church. We should take distance from dogmatic teachings and sift the evidences archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, ethnologists and other researchers can find. In the absence of first-hand experience, scholars must treat reports of miraculous events with scepticism since men do not encounter such events in their own experiences.

We could wonder if there exist a correlation between all the events in history. The world has evolved and many changes in nature, mankind happened, which we can compare with what is written about the Plan of God and His Hand in all those happenings. If He works in history He is immanently in all of it.

Denominations opposite the Bibleresearcher

Many denominations do not like researchers of the Bible, because they do not want to accept lots of in-doctrinal teachings brought on by those denominations. Or they do not like it that the researchers exchange ideas with people from other denominations and do try to be independent researchers, not feeling to be tied to any form of religious teaching whatsoever. A Bible researcher should take all points of views in consideration, so it does not matter if they come from a protestant , Catholic or other biblical critic.


bibles (Photo credit: fancycwabs)

From the time of the ancient Greeks until the present the study of religion has been a matter of scholarly concern, involving theological, historical, philosophical, literary, anthropological, sociological, psychological, and phenomenological approaches to the subject. The classification of religions, the attempts to systematize and bring order to a vast range of knowledge about man’s religious beliefs, practices, and institutions, has been the goal of many students of religion for many centuries but especially so with the increased knowledge of the world’s religions and the advent of modern methods of scientific inquiry in the last two centuries.

As “Bijbelvorser”  or Bible-researcher I want to enjoy the quest and come to more knowledge about human religious experience. Any one who can help to assemble information and to interpret the material gathered in order to elicit its meaning, is welcome.
This website’s writer shall also try to come to an understanding of the structure of certain religious beliefs, the nature and dynamics of religious experience, and will bring them into the light of the Word of God, the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible.
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie:  Graven in woorden, theorieën en artefacten
Read also:
  1. About the Bibleresearcher of this blog Bijbelvorser
  2. The Intentions of the Bibleresearcher
  3. My exegesis and hermeneutics


Please do compare what writers think about the study of history and the study of religions.
Of interest:
  1. Why study history?
    So assuming that you can’t learn anything from history: what is the practical use of the study?
  2. Historiography and historical methodology by Edmund B. Fryde
  3. Philosophy of History by Patrick Lancaster Gardiner
  4. Study of religion by Ninian Smart
  5. Classicication of religions by Charles Joseph Adams
  6. Archaeology and the Bible researcher 1/4
  7. Archaeology and the Bible researcher 2/4
  8. Archaeology and the Bible researcher 3/4
  9. Archaeology and the Bible researcher 4/4
  10. Modern day archaeological discoveries verify the Biblical account of historic events
  • The Christian’s Relationship to the Word of God (goodnewsnow.wordpress.com)
    The Word is living and active as claimed in Hebrews. It, however, is all but dead and so are we as Christ followers if we do not encounter it consistently.
  • Read the Bible in a Year (sethsoasis.wordpress.com)
    If the average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute, and if there are about 775,000 words in the Bible, then it would take less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.
  • My Scripture for 2013 (unwalled.wordpress.com)
    As each year comes to a close, the Lord gives me a scripture for the ensuing year that becomes a heightened source of encouragement and strength to my spirit at various times during the year.
  • Link love: How we read the Bible (chrysalisjourney.wordpress.com)
    On the last day of my Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament class before the final exam, we had a class discussion about what it means to us to say that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Given the wide range of denominational and theological backgrounds that students bring to class, it was not surprising that our opinions differed on this topic.
  • CNN’s Piers Morgan Says Bible is ‘Flawed’ (radio.foxnews.com)
    Piers Morgan said he believes the Bible and the U.S. Constitution are “inherently flawed” and asserted that it’s time for the Bible’s position on gay rights to be amended.
    “I do not believe the Bible is flawed,” Warren said. “What I believe is flawed is human opinion because it constantly changes.”
  • Piers Morgan: Hey, let’s amend the Bible (hotair.com)
    If you believe that the Bible is the unerring word of God, then you know that it’s absurd to suggest that it be “amended” based on the latest human fashion, which is what Warren explains.  God is, after all, unchangeable — or He wouldn’t be God at all. It would be equally absurd to think that anyone would base their faith on the amended product, a Gospel According To Piers, if you will, unless people decided that Piers is either God Himself or a new prophet, in which case he’d probably have a better gig.

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