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.
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.
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 Testament – 39 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.
A Look at the Books
GENESIS: The Book of Beginnings
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
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
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
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
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
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