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Bible Study Samuel

Author: unknown Date: Probably Tenth Century B.C. These two books carry us into the period of time following the judges. Samuel, as the last of the judges, was the leader just before a king was appointed for the nation. Things were still chaotic, with new problems arising with regrettable regularity. The religious affairs of the…
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Bible Study Romans

Author: Paul Date: c. A.D. 58 The Book of Romans is one of the most important, carefully-put-together, and theological books in the New Testament. The apostle Paul was evidently thinking about the great city of the ancient world, Rome, and although he had never been there he wanted to explain the nature of the Christian…
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Bible Study Revelation

Author: John Date: c. A.D. 95 The Book of Revelation consists of seven letters written by John the apostle to churches in Asia Minor, along with a complex series of visions that deal with world history, cosmic struggle, and the end of the age. It is the most difficult book in the Bible to understand,…
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Reading the Nonunifed Books

As explained above, nonunified books are collections of literary pieces, loosely–and often illogically–arranged. These books fall into several classes: many of the books of the prophets; the books of poetry; the books of wisdom; additions to canonical books; an apocalypse; a letter of Paul’s. How shall we treat books that are themselves little libraries of…
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Qumran

This site in a deserted area about eight miles South of Jericho became settled about 130 B.C. by a religious group that had broken away from contemporary Judaism. Their writings, the Dead Sea scrolls, have proven extremely important for a study of the intertestamental and early Christian periods. In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd was…
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Bible Study Psalms

Author: Principally David, but also others Date: Tenth Century B.C. and later Psalms is probably the best-known and best-loved book of the Bible. It has provided more personal comfort, imagery, hymns, and poems than any other book that has ever been printed. The Psalms were written over a long period of time, perhaps 600 years….
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Bible Study Proverbs

Author: Principally Solomon, but also others Date: Tenth Century B.C. and later The Book of Proverbs embodies the collective wisdom of Israel. Usually attributed to Solomon, it is a collection of sayings that reflects Israel’s views about how one was to live life in the presence of God. To live this way was wise; those…
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Bible Study Philippians

Author: Paul Date: c. A.D. 60 or 61 Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians while in prison in Rome. He had visited the city on his second missionary journey as described in Acts 16:11-40. Paul had been fairly well received there until he cast the demon out of a slave girl who made money…
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Bible Story Philemon

Author: Paul Date: c. A.D. 61 Philemon was a friend of the apostle Paul who lived at Colosse, was a fellow worker in the gospel, and had a church in his house. He was a wealthy man who owned at least one slave, Onesimus. Onesimus had escaped from Philemon and after making his way to…
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Bible Study Peter II

Author: Peter Date: c. A.D. 64 Peter wrote his second letter to the church at large rather than to the specific churches in upper Asia Minor. Some theologians dispute that Peter actually wrote this letter, but there are no compelling reasons to doubt that he was actually the author. Theological Themes in the Epistle of…
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Bible Study Peter I

Author: Peter Date: c. A.D. 64 Along with Paul, Peter was a leading figure in early church history. Peter was among the first converts to Jesus, leaving his home to travel to the Jordan River while John the Baptist was still preaching. He returned to his home on the sea of Galilee, there to await…
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Old Testament Overview

The Old Testament consists of 39 books that were written over a period of about a thousand years. The material was drawn from every walk of life and was written by numerous individuals, from uneducated herdsmen to highly skilled priests and kings. It consists of four sections: The Pentateuch The first section of the Old…
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New Testament Overview

In the Old Testament, God promised Israel that someday he would make a new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) (or testament) with his people. At that time he would “write the law upon their hearts” instead of on stone tablets (like the Ten Commandments). Jesus established that “new testament” with his life, death, and resurrection, and therefore…
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New Testament Book

In the ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, the word for “covenant”is diatheke, which also appears in the Septuagint version of the Old Testament as the translation of the Hebrew word b’rith. Diatheke can mean either a contract or a testament (as in “last will and testament”), depending upon the context in which it…
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Nehemiah Bible Study

Author: Nehemiah Date: Fifth Century B.C. This book is in some ways a parallel account to the one given by Ezra. Nehemiah was a trusted servant in the court of the Persian king but was committed to his nation and his own people. When he heard of the problems they faced, he requested permission to…
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Messianic Prophecy in the Bible

One of the extraordinary things about the Bible is that it talks about events before they happened. This was part of the prophet’s ministry, along with his commission to preach repentance and faith to his own generation. There is a special group of prophecies, unique to the Bible, that relate to the coming of God’s…
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List of Bible Stories

Favorite Bible Stories from the Old Testament The Beginning Genesis 1:1-2:3 Adam and Eve Genesis 2:15-25 The Fall Genesis 3:1-23 God’s Grief/Promise to Noah Genesis 6:5-8; 8:13-22 Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9 Call of Abram Genesis 11:27-12:7 Abraham Pleads for Sodom Genesis 18:16-33 Abraham Tested with Isaac Genesis 22:1-19 Jacob and Esau/Isaac’s Blessing Genesis 25:23-34;…
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