From The 60 Second Scholar: 100 Maxims for Mastering Bible Study, by Michael Heiser Read the Bible with a critical eye—it can take it. Thinking is better than memorizing. Bible reading is not Bible study. Bible study is a discipline, not a ritual event. The Old Testament came before the New Testament. Learn the Hebrew and Greek alphabets. Prayer doesn’t guarantee your interpretation is accurate. All interpretations are not equally plausible. Read the Preface to your Bible translation It makes no sense to follow someone who doesn’t leave a trail. Don’t be shaken by your lack of omniscience. Insist on being a slave to the text—let it be your master. Use more than one translation in Bible study. The scribes that copied and transmitted the Bible made mistakes. Don’t ignore footnotes. Context is king. Words don’t mean anything by themselves. A Bible student who thinks clearly is better than a pastor who doesn’t. Any more you want to add?