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I subscribe to the Knowable Word blog and enjoy the articles by Peter Krol.  On October 25, 2019, his blog published a guest post by Angie Stanley about a “journible.”  The link is to “Why I Love Journibles”  (October 25, 2019)  https://www.knowableword.com/2019/10/25/why-i-love-journibles/ .  Before reading the post, I had never heard of a “journible.”  While a “journible” is available for purchase for different books of the Bible, you can take a notebook or journal with blank pages and write the Scripture on one page and your notes, observations, etc. on the opposing page.  Right now, I am studying 1 John.  Even though I have spent a lot of time in my studies, after reading the article, I decided to “journible” 1 John.  So far, I have discovered benefits from using a “journible.”

Angie Stanley’s post lists five concrete benefits from using a “journible.”  First, using a “journible” “slows me down.”  It makes sense that writing out the Scripture takes more time than reading the text.  More time is necessary when a Bible student proofreads the written text comparing it to the text in their Bible.   I am using a 9.75”x7.5” composition notebook (100 sheets) with wide line spacing.  The Bible is the ESV translation with super giant print.  By using a Bible with super giant print, I believe I reduce my copying errors.

Second, by using a “journible”, “observations come to mind.”  She is correct when she writes [italics in the original]:

… the exercise of physically writing out a passage word for word presents a prime opportunity to observe details within the text.

Even though I have studied 1 John in detail, “journibling” reveals some interesting aspects.  For example, while not earth-shattering, in the first four verses John uses the word “which” six times.  In Greek, six uses of hos or hostis the ESV translates as “which” or “that which.”

Third, using a “journible” helps the “themes jump out.”  By writing out the text, it becomes easier to see repetitions of words and phrases and other clues to the author’s intent.  I have been “journibling” one paragraph a page or even using two pages for one paragraph.  I believe this technique helps me better appreciate the themes.  For example, the theme of confession, forgiveness, and cleansing reveals itself in 1 John 1:5-10.

Fourth, using a “journible” helps “answers present themselves.”  My experience, even though it is limited, is consistent with what Mrs. Stanley writes:

Because writing out a passage allows my brain time to process what it is reading, this approach lends itself to being attentive to answers to questions that may surface, even as I write.

In addition to answering questions, using a “journible” helps me formulate questions of the text.  It is conducive to asking the 5 W’s and H questions.

Finally, the “journible” becomes a reference.  While I am still “journibiling,” what she says is true.  My notebook will be a permanent record of my study of 1 John, and what I took away at this time in my life.

Angie Stanley’s post is a great post, and a recommend you read it at knowableword.com.

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