The Old Testament

The Old Testament tells the story of God's work with the nation of Israel. But it also gives the foundation for the arrival of Christ. Why Christians need the OT.

Day One: Studying the OT
There are many reasons to study the Old Testament. For one, the Old Testament lays the foundation for the teachings and events found in the New Testament. The Bible is a progressive revelation. If you skip the first half of any good book and try to finish it, you will have a hard time understanding the characters, the plot, and the ending...
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See Also: "Is The Old Testament Bible Accurate?"

Day Two: The Story of the OT
In the very beginning, God was already there. For His own good pleasure, God created time and the universe by the power of His word, turning nothing into something. On the sixth day of creation, God made something unique: mankind—a man and a woman—created in His likeness...
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See Also: "The Old Testament Story"

Day Three: The Books of Law
The first five books of the Old Testament are called "The Law." In Judaism, they're called The Torah (which means law) or The Pentateuch (which means five scrolls). Although they are called The Law, they also include the history from creation to the arrival of the Israelites in the Promised Land...
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See Also: "Why did God choose Israel to be His chosen people?"

Day Four: The Books of History
The books of History in the Old Testament mostly tell the story of the Israelites in the land God promised them. When God picked Abraham to lead His people, He promised Abraham a certain amount of land in Canaan...
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See Also: "A Rod of Jesse, born of a Virgin"

Day Five: The Prophets
The terms Major Prophets and Minor Prophets are simply a way to divide the Old Testament prophetic books. The Major Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The Minor Prophets are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi...
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See Also: "The Suffering Servant"

Day Six: The Genealogies
The Bible contains multiple genealogical records. Many of us either skim these sections or skip them altogether, finding them largely irrelevant and perhaps even boring. However, they are part of Scripture, and, since all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), they must bear some significance...
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See Also: "What is the basic timeline of the Old Testament?"

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Published 1-29-16