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Manuscript Bible Study Resources


Transforming Bible Study: Understanding Scripture Like You’ve Never Read it Before by Bob Grahmann
If you are looking for a practical description of how to do a Manuscript Bible Study in a small group, Dr. Grahmann’s book is the best resource available. The author is able to convey both his passion for MBS while at the same time giving clear step-by-step instructions for the MBS leader. If you are going to start up a Manuscript Bible Study this resource is invaluable for you as a leader.

The Bible Study Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to an Essential Practice by Lindsay Olesberg
The Manuscript Bible Study method is built on the widely used Inductive Bible Study method (observe, interpret, apply). Lindsay Olesberg’s book is crystal clear in how these two methods work together. Her book lays a strong foundation for the need to engage Scripture, and she describes the attitude and the processes/tools needed to properly study the Bible inductively (her descriptions of the inductive process are excellent). Lindsay has many years of experience leading Manuscript Bible Studies around the world, and her scholarship gives depth to her descriptions of MBS. This resource takes MBS to a whole new level and is a great companion to Dr. Grahmann’s book.


This site explains the process of Manuscript Bible Study, giving access to many resources including discussions on the process of Inductive Bible study, how to do MBS in a group, and a 40-minute video that shows a sample session led by Paul Byer, the creator of MBS. Note that the manuscripts offered on this site are double-spaced with wide margins, but they do have chapter and verse numbers. This resource is very helpful.

InterVarsity’s Manuscript Bible Study Guide
InterVarsity’s guide provides a short and helpful walkthrough of a Manuscript Bible Study, including a brief how-to of Inductive Bible Study.

A Fresh Approach to Homegroup Bible Study: Living Leadership Resource
Living Leadership provides a walkthrough of Manuscript Bible Study in the site’s Bible study resources. Though individual study is primarily addressed, Living Leadership does discuss the method as a group exercise as well. There is no exact delineation of how it works in a group, but the process is easily adapted. It describes the method a bit differently than most resources and is valuable because of its unique perspective. Bob Grahmann, the author of Transforming Bible Study (see above) is the author of this website.

Website of Manuscript Discovery Bible Study Method
This site is a little old, but it has a lot of good content describing why Manuscript Bible Study is helpful. It also describes the process of preparing a manuscript, reading it, and leading a MBS group.


Creating Your Own Manuscript
You can develop your own manuscript right here on the Bible Gateway Passage Lookup page. 

  • Type in the passage you want to make into a manuscript into the “Enter passage(s)” box.
  • Select the version you want to manuscript.
  • Under “Options,” hide the footnotes and cross-references, then click on “Lookup Passage.”
  •  After that is done, copy and paste the text into a word processor.
  • You may or may not want to remove the paragraphing and line breaks.

Directions for How to Add Line Numbers to Your Manuscript
For Mac with Pages

For Mac with Word 2011

For PC with Word 2013

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© Phil Collins, Ph.D., 2014. This material was created in partnership with the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.