Getting a Handle on the Bible continued

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The Letters

Paul wrote many of the letters in the New Testament, most dealing with issues brought to him from the churches, but others wrote some as well - like Peter, James and Jude.  Each week, participants are provided a Learner's Guide to help them grow and learn.  The following are each week's fill in the blanks of those guides.

The Book of Mystery and End-Time Intrigue - Revelation

People have been fascinated with this book from the time it was first penned by John.  We will do a quick scan that will hopefully unpack many of the mysteries.

Intro to Getting a Handle on the Bible

Answers for Intro to the Bible Learner's Guide - 3-3-19

The Bible is not just a book. Actually, it’s 66 books, written over about 2,000 years by some 40 authors.


It’s divided into Two Parts: Old & New Testament39 books in the old & 27 books in the new. 


Old Testament: Three Words – Choice, Law, Prophecy


New Testament: Three Words – Love, Grace, Church


2 Peter 1:20-21 & 2 Timothy 3:16


The Bible has not only been divided into two parts, but it has also been constructed by: Books, Chapters, Verses.


However, the Bible was not put together according to the CHRONOLOGICAL order of events. 


The oldest book in the Bible is actually JOB. 


The Hebrew Bible puts writings together according to the AUTHOR’S IMPORTANCE


The English Bible does so according to their SUBJECT.


                            FINDING SPECIFIC VERSES OF SCRIPTURE:


JOHN 3:16 for example. JOHN refers to the BOOK you can find this passage written in. The 3 refers to the CHAPTER NUMBER. NOTE: chapters and verses are separated by a colon. Finally, the 16 is the ACTUAL VERSE.


You can tell which translation you are using by looking on the SPINE of your Bible (most printers stamp it on there) or by looking at the TITLE PAGE .


If you are connected to the web, it’s easier just to go to www.biblegateway.com.  

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The Pentateuch

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 A Look at the Books


GENESIS: The Book of Beginnings

AUTHOR: MOSES 

KEY WORDS: GENERATIONS; ACCOUNT

KEY CHAPTERS:  1-3; 6-9; 12; 15; 17.

KEY VERSES: 1:1; 2:18-24; 6:12-18; 12:1-3; 15:5-6; 17:1-9; 22:1-8; 32:22-28; 37:3-8; 50:19-20

KEY PEOPLE:  Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Esau, Jacob, Rachel, Joseph.


EXODUS: The Book of Departure

AUTHOR: MOSES 

KEY WORDS: REDEMPTION and DELIVERANCE

KEY CHAPTERS:  6; 12-14; 18 and 20  

KEY VERSES:  6:6; 18:17-24; 19:5-6; 20:1-17; 33:11; 40:34-38.  

KEY PEOPLE:  Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Jethro, Pharaoh 


LEVITICUS: The Book of Law and Holiness

AUTHOR: MOSES

KEY WORDS: HOLINESS

KEY CHAPTERS: 16

KEY VERSES: 11:45; 16:30; 17:11; 20:7-8  

KEY PEOPLE: MOSES and Aaron


NUMBERS: The Book of Wanderings

AUTHOR: MOSES

KEY WORDS: WILDERNESS WANDERINGS

KEY CHAPTERS: 13 - 14

KEY VERSES: 14:22-23; 20:12; 21:4-9; 32:8 

KEY PEOPLE: Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Joshua, Caleb, Balak


DEUTERONOMY: Reiteration and Review

AUTHOR: MOSES

KEY WORDS: COVENANT (used 27 times in this book)

KEY CHAPTERS: 27-30

KEY VERSES:  4:9, 23, 31; 6:4-9; 10:12-14; 27:9-10; 30:19-20 

KEY PEOPLE: MOSES and JOSHUA


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History Books

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Why Study History?  God told us in the New Testament why we should study the history found in the Old Testament - 1 Corinthians 10: 6, 11; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 1:6-7.


The Old Testament history is divided into 3 parts - The Theocracy; the Monarchy; and, The Restoration.


A LOOK AT THE BOOKS


JOSHUA (Possession and Conquest)

  •   Author: Joshua
  •   Date: Circa 1400 B.C.
  •   Key Words: Possession, conquest, victory, dividing the land.
  •   Key Verses: 1:3; 1:7-9; 11:23; 24:14-15
  •   Key People: Joshua, Rahab, Caleb.

JUDGES (Seven Cycles of Apostasy, Judgment, and Deliverance)

  •   Author: Samuel
  •   Date: Before 1004 B.C. (after David moved the Ark of the Covenant to Shiloh)
  •   Key Words: Evil (14 times), judge, judged, judgment (22    times); cycles.
  •   Key Verses: 2:15-16; 2:20-23; 17:6; 21:25 
  •   Key People: The Judges—The best known judges are Deborah, Gideon, and Samson 


RUTH (An Addendum to Judges)

  •   Author: Unknown 
  •   Date: During David’s reign as King 
  •   Key Words: Kinsman (14 times), Redeem (9 times).   (key term Kinsman-Redeemer)
  •   Key Verses: 1:16-17; 3:11-13 
  •   Key People: Ruth, Naomi, Boaz.


1 SAMUEL (Transition From Judges to Kingship)

  •   Author: Unknown
  •   Date: Circa 630-540 B.C.
  •   Key Words: Anointed & Rejected 
  •   Key Verses: 8:6-7; 13:14; 15:22-23; 16:7 
  •   Key People: Samuel the prophet, Saul the disobedient king, and David the shepherd.


2 SAMUEL (David’s Reign; Expansion of the Nation)

  •   Author: Circa 630-540 B.C.  (1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings;   1&2 Chronicle were only 3 books in the Hebrew Bible,  so 1&2 of each set of books were actually written at the  same time.) 
  •   Date: Circa 630-540 B.C.
  •   Key Word: David 
  •   Key Verses: 7:12-16, 22; 12:12-14
  •   Key People: David, Bathsheba, Nathan, Absolom,    Joab, Amnon, and Ahithophel.


1 KINGS (David’s Death; Disruption of the Kingdom)

  •   Author: Unknown
  •   Date: 550 B.C.
  •   Key Word: Kingdom
  •   Key Verses: 8:22-24; 9:3-7; 11:11 
  •   Key People: Solomon, Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Elijah and Elisha, Ahab and Jezebel.


2 KINGS (Dispersion—Willful Sin Has a Woeful End)

  •   Author: Unknown
  •   Date: 550 B.C.
  •   Key Words: King, Prophet, dispersion & captivity
  •   Key Verses: 17:18-23; 22:19; 23:27
  •   Key People: Elijah, Elisha, Josiah, Naaman, Hezekiah.


1 CHRONICLES (Preparation of the Temple)

  •   Author: Ezra
  •   Date: Circa 400 – 250 B.C.  Most likely 350-300.
  •   Key Words: David & Davidic Covenant
  •   Key Verses: 11:1-3; 17:11-14; 22:13; 29:11-12
  •   Key People: David, Nathan, Bathsheba & Uriah


2 CHRONICLES (Destruction of the Temple)

  •   Author: Ezra
  •   Date: Circa 400 – 250 B.C.  Most likely 350-300.
  •   Key Words: “The Priestly Perspective of Judah.”
  •   Key Verses: 7:14; 16:9 
  •   Key People: Josiah, Rehoboam, Solomon.


EZRA (Reconstruction of the Temple and Restoration of the People)

  •   Author: Ezra
  •   Date: 458 B.C.
  •   Key Words: Jerusalem & Temple
  •   Key Verses: 1:3; 2:1; 6:21-22; 7:10; 10:4 
  •   Key People: Cyrus, Ezra, Jeshua & Zerubbabel


NEHEMIAH (Reconstruction of the City)

  •   Author: Nehemiah/Ezra
  •   Date: 445 B.C.
  •   Key Words: Wall & Build (work)
  •   Key Verses: 4:6; 6:15-16; 8:8-10
  •   Key People: Nehemiah, Artaxerxes, Sanballet, Ezra.


ESTHER (Protection of God’s People)

  •   Author: Unknown
  •   Date: Circa 400 – 301 B.C.
  •   Key Words: Jews & Providence
  •   Key Verses: 4:14; 8:17
  •   Key People: Esther, Haman, Mordecai, Xerxes – or   Ahasuerus (Hebrew name).

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Poetic Books

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The Prophets

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The Gospels & N.T. History

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Letters of the New Testament

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The Book of Revelation

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