"Bible Basics" provides a quick reference to the people, places, events, and content of the books of the Bible. Assuming no previous biblical knowledge, this book is an ideal starting point for study. It can also serve as a refresher for seminarians, study groups, and laity. Five multiple-choice quizzes help test knowledge of biblical content. For students studying their ordination exams, this book will be invaluable.
Made up of four individual volumes ("Epic, Foundation, Context, "and "Walk"), "Bible Savvy "is a foundational resource for those wanting to better understand the Bible.
From the whole storyline of the Bible to thepersonal application of it, this set of four accessible books is an ideal resource for small groups, Sunday school classes, youth groups, and individuals seeking to increase their breadth of knowledge about God s word.
"Epic: The Storyline of the Bible" unveils the single theme that ties allthe various parts ofscripture together: redemption.
"Foundation: The Trustworthiness of the Bible" explains that the Bible is God's book, not merely man-made, and why it can be wholly trusted.
"Context: How to Understand the Bible" shows readers how to read the different parts of the Bible as they were meant to be read, and how they fit together.
"Walk: How to Apply the Bible" helps readers put their greater understanding of the text into practice and know how to draw real-life applications from it."
" Tell me, sir, " the sincere young woman inquired anxiously of the preacher, " What is the Bible all about?" After serious thought the preacher replied, " My girl, the Bible is all about Jesus."
That, essentially, is the message of the New Testament. It is all about Jesus. From the story of the humble birth in Bethlehem as recorded in the Gospels, to the scene of the glorious exaltation as King of Kings and Lord of Lords as depicted in the book of Revelation, the subject is the same. At the beginning of this study of the New Testament, the student will do well to look for the Lord Jesus Christ and His teachings.
Before a study of the books of the New Testament is undertaken in systematic fashion, two preliminary matters of great importance must be considered. The New Testament has a background which, when properly considered, will help to illuminate the books themselves. Chapter 1, therefore, deals with the three most important areas of this setting: the Hebrew, the Greek, and the Roman. Following this treatment, the chapter presents an overview, or " bird's eye view, " of the whole New Testament. This approach, sometimes called the " synthetic, " is vital to acquaint the student with the major divisions or parts of the New Testament and the unity of the whole.
Having completed chapter 1, you, the student, are ready to investigate each book separately. Chapters 2 through 12 consider the respective writers and their writings--the purpose, outline, main content, and leading features.
The attention of the reader is called to " Application Activities" at the end of each chapter and the bibliography at the end ofthe book. These serve at least a dual purpose: (1) They provide opportunity for you to carry on your studies in a more detailed and intensive manner whenever you wish to do so; (2) They provide information regarding matters which could be given only passing mention. You will find that the " Discussion Questions" at the end of the chapters will be valuable for testing your grasp of the materials you have studied.
Thanks are due to Moody Press, Chicago, for their kind permission given to use materials from my book, "An Outline of New Testament Survey, 1960. The outlines, charts, and one quotation in chapter 11 have been taken from that work.
On then to study. May it be done in the spirit of 2 Timothy 2:15 and result in the enrichment of the life of all who undertake the task at hand.
Walter M. Dunnett