According to Melanchthon, the following questions had to be broached in the treatment of a subject:
(1) What does the word mean?
(2) To what does that word pertain?
(3) What are its parts?
(4) What are its characteristics?
(5) What are its causes?
(6) What are its effects?
(7) To what other things does it pertain?
(8) To what is it related?
(9) With what does it conflict? By using such questions, Melanchthon stated, it is possible to build a clear argument for the readers.
Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism
These are quite similar to the Joseph Hall questioned mention by Donald Whitney is in his excellent book, Simply Your Spiritual Life:
1. What is it you are meditating upon?
2. What are its divisions and parts?
3. What causes it?
4. What does it cause?
5. What is it place, location, fruit?
6. What are its qualities and attachments?
7. Whath is contrary to or different than it?
8. What compares to it?
9. What are its names or titles?
10. What are its testimonies or examples in Scripture?
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