In this issue we begin a new series, on the books that comprise the Old Testament, starting with “the book of origins,” Genesis.
Humanity’s journey from the Garden of Eden to the city of Babylon spanned two millennia and is retold in stories from the book of Genesis.
In a continuing study of Genesis, we trace the biblical record from Nimrod and the Tower of Babel to Abraham and the start of the Patriarchal Age.
Our continuing study of Genesis highlights various episodes in the patriarch Abraham’s life following God’s promise to make a great nation of his descendants.
As the series continues, we review the ongoing biblical account of Abraham’s sons and grandsons. Their story is one of intrigue and deceit.
Our study of Genesis continues the story of Jacob, from his return to Canaan to the treachery of his older sons, who sold their brother Joseph into slavery.
In this installment we follow the story of the patriarchs to its conclusion: Jacob’s final years, Joseph’s life in Egypt, and the birth of the ancient nation of Israel.
As the book of Exodus begins, Joseph and his generation are long dead, a new pharaoh sits on the throne of Egypt, and the outlook is bleak for the descendants of Jacob, or Israel.
The descendants of Jacob had been enslaved in Egypt for many years when Moses brought them word that God was about to rescue them. In Part 9 of the series, we trace the story of their exodus from the land of the pharaohs.
Under the leadership of Moses, the children of Israel make their way to the Promised Land, but their 40-year journey is marked by one episode of faithlessness and rebellion after another.
As the Israelites stand poised to enter the Promised Land, Moses reminds them of their recent history and of the keys to future blessings from God.
In the final chapters of Deuteronomy—the last of the five books of Moses—the man who led the Israelites out of Egypt to the edge of the Promised Land clarifies aspects of God’s laws and of His promises and warnings to the new nation.
Few Bible scholars believe the book of Joshua, describing Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land, to be of any historical value. What does the Bible tell us about that period of history, and can it be trusted?
The idea that history repeats itself is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the story of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land. The book of Judges records cycles of obedience, disobedience, war and deliverance as the young nation interacts with neighboring peoples and their gods.
While the concluding chapters of the book of Judges tell of the utter faithlessness into which the children of Israel had fallen, the book of Ruth relates an altogether different episode from that period in the nation’s history.
The period of the judges comes to an end when the ancient nation of Israel demands a king—for better or for worse.
David, having been named as Israel’s next king, finds himself the target of the doomed monarch, Saul.
As David takes Saul’s place on the throne of Israel, he shows himself to be a man of great strength but also of serious weaknesses.
In a continuation of ancient Israel’s troubled history, an aging King David endures more violence and intrigue among his children but ultimately passes the crown to his son Solomon.