Article Series

The Law, the Prophets and the Writings

New Testament writers often alluded to and quoted from the Hebrew Scriptures as the basis of their belief and practice. Jesus, too, referred to the many prophecies about Himself found in those ancient writings. This series explores the first 39 books of the Bible, also known as the Old Testament or “The Law, the Prophets and the Writings.”

Law, Prophets and Writings, Part 1: Book of Origins

Part 1

The Book of Origins

David Hulme

In this issue we begin a new series, on the books that comprise the Old Testament, starting with “the book of origins,” Genesis.

Law, Prophets and Writings, Part2: From Eden to Babylon

Part 2

From Eden to Babylon

David Hulme

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.

Law, Prophets and Writings, Part 3: Different Paths

Part 3

Different Paths

David Hulme

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.   

Law, Prophets and Writings, Part 4: Heir of the World

Part 4

Heir of the World

David Hulme

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.  

The Law, the Prophets and the Writings, Part 5: Isaac and Sons

Part 5

Isaac and Sons: Birthright and Blessings

David Hulme

As the series continues, we review the ongoing biblical account of Abraham’s sons and grandsons. Their story is one of intrigue and deceit.

Series: Law, Prophets and Writings, Part 6-Encounters: Elohim, Edom and Egypt

Part 6

Encounters: Elohim, Edom and Egypt

David Hulme

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.

Series: Law, Prophets and Writings, Part 7-Judah, Joseph and Jacob

Part 7

Judah, Joseph and Jacob

David Hulme

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.

Series: Law, Prophets and Writings, Part 8

Part 8

A Nation in Bondage

David Hulme

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 Law, Prophets and Writings: Into the Wilderness

Part 9

Into the Wilderness

David Hulme

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. 

Part 10

The Wilderness Years

David Hulme

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.

Part 11

With the Promised Land in View

David Hulme

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.

Part 12

Final Words

David Hulme

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.

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Part 13

“Be Strong and Very Courageous”

David Hulme

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?

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Part 14

Delivering Israel

David Hulme

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.

Part 15

A Study in Contrasts

David Hulme

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.

Part 18

David, King of Israel

David Hulme

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.

Part 19

A House Divided

David Hulme

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.

Part 20

Israel in Pieces

David Hulme

Solomon’s kingdom has been divided, but the period of the early monarchs who succeed him is still largely defined by treachery, disloyalty and increasing idolatry.

Part 21

Is There No God in Israel?

David Hulme

The ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah continue their descent into idol worship as they stray ever farther from their God.

Carved stone relief from the central palace of Nimrud, showing the Assyrian conquest of the city of Astartu. / Alamy Stock Photo

Part 22

Israel Exiled

David Hulme

In their descent to national downfall, the people of ancient Israel increase in idolatry despite repeated warnings from the prophets of the day. The outcome is just as God promised.

Part 23

The Fall of Judah

David Hulme

When the kingdom of Judah fails to heed the final, dire warnings of the prophets, their fate is sealed.

Isaiah, oil painting on oak panel by Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier

Part 24

The Vision of Isaiah

David Hulme

Isaiah is the first of the Bible’s “major prophets.” Like the others, he delivered a message of not only judgment but also restoration.

Part 25

The God of All Comfort

David Hulme

Where the first half of Isaiah’s prophetic book focuses mainly on warning Judah and surrounding nations, the second half is primarily about restoration and peace.