The study of the Bible and God has a lot of very interesting vocabulary. There are many large and difficult to understand words that students hear off the pulpit, come across in catechism, while in school, and in their reading of the Beacon Lights and Standard Bearer. Since many of my students are unfamiliar with the meaning of these words, I made a list last school year of -ology words that I could use at the beginning of this year that could be applied to our morning devotions as well as expand their Biblical vocabulary. By the end, the students enjoyed guessing pronunciations as well as what the word referred to. It also adds a good dose of root words and languages of origin.
I list the words, their studies, and the scripture references I used below. By no means are these scripture references the best. I chose scripture that applied to the text and what we were studying in our Bible lessons at the time to make it applicable for the students.
Theology – study of God – John 1:1-14
Bibliology – study of the Bible – II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21
Christology – study of Christ – I John 1:1-14
Eschatology – study of end times – I Thess. 4:13
Soteriology – study of salvation – Eph. 2:7-8
Pneumatology – study of the Holy Spirit – John 14:16, 17, & 26
Cosmology – study of the cosmos – Psalm 19:1-6
Angelology – study of angels – Isaiah 6:1-7
Ecclesiology – study of the church – Eph. 1:20-23
Anthropology – study of man – Psalm 8:4-6 & Gen. 1:26
Hamartiology – study of sin – James 2:10 & Romans 5:12-17