According to history the process known as lectio divina was introduced in the fifth century by John Cassia. This process was later adapted by various monastic groups. By the end of the Middle Ages it was only in use by the upper level religious people and not the common people. Eventually it fell out of use and until recently lay buried in the pages of religion past. Recently it has become popular again and is worthy of any Bible students consideration.
I have been using this method for the past few years and have found it very helpful in both private study and in preparation for class presentation. I especially recommend it for your private study and learning. Basically, the method has four parts. I will consider each in a separate blog. The four are, reading, meditating, praying and contemplating.
Check back tomorrow for #1 “reading”.