Kathleen Nielson

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(Arabic) Bible Study


What is Bible study, anyway? The answers are many and diverse! Is it the same thing as just reading through the Bible, or does true Bible study involve treating it differently from any other book? 

Here Kathleen Nielson calls laypeople interested in Bible study to the crucial starting points and approaches that the Bible itself demands. She not only analyzes current trends, but also points the way forward, toward the most fruitful and powerful study we can have of God’s inspired Word.

Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word winsomely highlights not a rigid set of methods, but a clear approach to Bible study—one that acknowledges the Scripture for what it is and faithfully enables us to take in the very words of God and submit ourselves to them. It examines just what Bible study should involve, according to the truths and principles given to us in the Bible itself.

How it was Funded

At TGC’s 2016 National Women’s Conference, by God’s grace, we inspired and rallied the attendees to embrace and fund an initiative to provide two key resources to equip women leaders in the two most strategic languages for ministry in the Mideast: Arabic and Farsi.

Our goal is to help equip women in the church with two books to help them dig into the Scriptures and facilitate effective ministry among women in their cultural context. We will raise the banner for gospel-centered women’s resources in currently one of the most important regions of the world. Strong advocacy is needed. We believe that the women present at this gathering will rise to the occasion with generous partnership.


The Arabic language is a thread that links communities, traditions, families, and nations on several continents. Not only are there entire nations that speak the language in daily life, there are also Islamic training schools that require students to learn Arabic in order to read the Qur’an. In most Arabic nations it is forbidden to read or own Christian literature, but research has shown that Arabic speaking populations and Christians in Arabic nations still seek good theological literature as well as web-based information that they can access in internet cafés. Yet, the West must understand that to be an Arabic speaker does not mean the person is Muslim. While the rate of Muslim conversion to Christianity is about 6 million per year, in the Arab world there are already many strong pockets of Christian churches, fellowships, and even Christian Bible schools and seminaries. (Arab World Ministries) 

Geography of the Language

Arabic is considered an official language in the countries of Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Dijbouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somolia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

Arabic Demographics

Population: 344,139,242
221,000,000 First Language Arabic Speakers
77% Literacy Rate (Internet users 65M; 18.8% of the population)
* Statistics are from Operation World, ICI, World Bank, IWS, and UNESCO

Project Details

Title: Bible Study
Author: Kathleen Nielson
Language: Arabic
Project Cost: $12,500
Copies: 5,000
Format: Soft Cover

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