Category Archives: Christianity

Bible Study Jonah Bible Study Jonah


Author: Jonah Date:  Eighth Century B.C. The prophet Jonah is known primarily for his extraordinary encounter with the “big fish.” Born in a small town in Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II (782-753 B.C.), Jonah’s mission was to preach repentance to one of Israel’s dreaded enemies, Assyria, in its capital city, Nineveh. When God…
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Bible Study Joel Bible Study Joel


Author: Joel Date: Probably Eighth Century B.C. Little is known about the prophet Joel except that his father’s name was Pethuel, he probably lived in Jerusalem, and he prophesied to the southern kingdom of Judah. His book has been considered the earliest prophetic book written, the latest prophetic book written, or just about anywhere in…
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Bible Study Jeremiah Bible Study Jeremiah


Author: Jeremiah Date: Sixth Century B.C. The prophet Jeremiah is one of the best-known figures in the Old Testament because of the biographical detail to be found in his book. In most other instances the man is subordinated to the message so that little is known about the preachers as individuals. In Jeremiah’s case, his…
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Bible Study Haggai Bible Study Haggai


Author: Haggai Date: 520 B.C. After the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., the survivors were carried off into captivity in Babylon. An international upheaval, resulting in a change of world leadership, then put Cyrus the Persian in charge of what was left of Babylon (539 B.C.). One of the first things Cyrus did was…
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Bible Study Ezra Bible Study Ezra


Author: Ezra Date: Fifth Century B.C. When the northern kingdom was destroyed in 722 B.C., its inhabitants were scattered throughout the ancient world and were lost track of. The land was filled by the Assyrians with foreigners, who became the Samaritans of Jesus’ day. When the southern kingdom fell in 587 B.C., its prisoners were…
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Bible Study Deuteronomy Bible Study Deuteronomy


Author: Moses Date: c. 1400 B.C. or c. 1200 B.C. Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Pentateuch. It is something of a bridge between the earlier events of Israel’s (and the whole world’s) existence, and what follows after Israel’s entrance into the promised land of Canaan. As such, it looks in two directions. It…
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Bible Study Daniel Bible Study Daniel


Author: Daniel Date: Sixth Century B.C. Daniel’s name means “God is my judge.” He was either of royal descent or from a distinguished family of Jerusalem. He was taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar during the reign of Jehoiakim, which would make it before the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. Because his potential was recognized, he was…
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Bible Study Colossians Bible Study Colossians


Author: Paul Date: c. A.D. 60 or 61 Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison in Rome.It is part of a group of letters called “the prison letter” (Philippians, Ephesians, and Philemon). There is no evidence that Paul had ever been to Colosse, but he obviously knew people there. Probably they were converted…
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Bible Study Chronicles Bible Study Chronicles


Author: unknown Date: Fifth Century B.C. The books of Chronicles seem boring to some people because of all the genealogies and because they cover the same material as Kings. Isn’t that unnecessary? When properly understood, however, these Chronicles are important books. The key to understanding them is to remember that the Bible was written with…
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Bible Study Joshua Bible Study Joshua


Author: probably Joshua Date: c. 1350 B.C. or c. 1150 B.C. The Book of Joshua picks up where Deuteronomy leaves off. Moses is gone, and the role of leadership is Joshua’s. Joshua had been one of the two spies (Caleb was the other) who had brought back a favorable report and urged the Israelites to…
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Bible Study Micah Bible Study Micah


Author: Micah Date: Eighth Century B.C. Micah was born about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem in Judah. His ministry saw the arrival of the Assyrian army, the fall of Damascus in Syria, the war between Israel and Judah, the conquering of Galilee, the destruction of Samaria and the northern kingdom of Israel, and Sargon’s defeat…
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Bible Study Matthew Bible Study Matthew


Author: Matthew Date: Between A.D. 60 and A.D. 80 The Gospel of Matthew has been one of the favorite books of the church throughout its history for several reasons. It is the most detailed regarding Jesus’ life; it contains the famous “Sermon on the Mount,” a collection of teaching that even non-believers hold in high…
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Bible Study Malachi Bible Study Malachi


Author: Malachi Date: Between 450 B.C. and 425 B.C. This book, like the prophecies of Haggai and Zechariah, was addressed to the restored community of Israel, but came considerably later. Another wave of refugees had come, and Ezra and Nehemiah were also on the scene. All was not well in the nation of Israel. Pagan…
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Bible Study Obadiah Bible Study Obadiah


Author:  Obadiah Date:  Sixth Century B.C. The shortest book in the Old Testament, Obadiah deals with the relationship between Judah and its southern neighbor, Edom. Obadiah is prophesying the fall of Edom because of its inhumane treatment of Judah. The fact that the two peoples were distantly related is important in understanding the book. Esau,…
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Bible Study Hosea Bible Study Hosea


Author: Hosea Date: Eighth Century B.C. Hosea was a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel for about 50 years. His ministry began during the reign of Jeroboam II, making him a contemporary of Amos, who also preached to the North, and of Isaiah and Micah, who preached to the southern kingdom of Judah. Hosea…
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Bible Study Jude Bible Study Jude


Author: Jude Date: c. A.D. 64-70 Jude, one of Jesus’ half-brothers (Matthew. 13:55), was considered the writer of this letter throughout most of the history of the church. Recently, doubts have been cast upon this, but there is no compelling reason to doubt his authorship. Theological Themes in the Epistle of Jude Three basic themes…
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Bible Study Job Bible Study Job


Author: unknown Date: Perhaps as early as Tenth Century B.C. Job, one of the most complex and interesting books in the Old Testament, deals with a profound human theme. Why do people suffer, if God is in control? That problem has exercised the best minds of virtually every society from the beginnings of civilization until…
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Bible Study First King Bible Study First King


Author: unknown Date:  Sixth Century B.C. After the death of David, his son Solomon ruled the still-united kingdom. His was a marvelous reign, and the nation prospered as never before or since. He built a magnificent temple for worshipping God, established a sound economy, expanded foreign trade, modernized the army, and built a series of…
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Bible Study Esther Bible Study Esther


Author: unknown Date: Fifth century B.C. The Book of Esther tells a straightforward story. It takes place in Persia, where Jews were to be found after the return to Palestine had taken place. Not everyone went home. For over a thousand years the largest concentration of Jews outside Palestine was to be found in the…
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