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Bible Study Helps: The Old Testament

Sep 16, 2018

The importance of the Old Testament for believers today cannot be overstated. But neither can it be overstated how often and how much the OT is ignored by contemporary Christians. This is a tragedy, and a long-standing one. Back in

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Bible Study Helps: The Minor Prophets

Sep 15, 2018

In this series on study tools on the entire Bible we now come to the final twelve Old Testament books – the Minor Prophets. These prophetic books are certainly not minor in terms of importance, but only in terms of

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Bible Study Helps: Ezekiel and Daniel

Jul 19, 2018

The last two of the four so-called major prophets are quite important books, and both deserve careful study. While Daniel may get a lot of attention, especially from prophecy buffs and eschatology fans, Ezekiel may not get as much attention

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Bible Study Helps: Jeremiah and Lamentations

Jul 18, 2018

Jeremiah is one of the most well-known and most-read prophets, and for good reason. His persistence in proclaiming the whole counsel of God, even in the face of dogged and determined opposition is amazing to behold. For over forty years

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Bible Study Helps: Isaiah

Jul 17, 2018

Isaiah is the first of the major prophets and one of the most important. His ministry took place before the Babylonian exile of 587 B.C. We are told he started his ministry when King Uzziah died around 740 B.C. His

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Bible Study Helps: The Prophets

Jul 16, 2018

The last 16 books in the English Old Testament are made up of the prophetic writings: 4 major and 12 minor – so called because of their size, not their importance. Four major prophetic books (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel), and

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Bible Study Helps: Proverbs

May 24, 2018

The book of Proverbs contains 31 chapters, the first nine of which clearly make up a self-contained unit, serving as an introduction to the rest of the book, which is mainly a collection of various sayings, proverbs and maxims. In

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Bible Study Helps: The Psalms

May 23, 2018

The 150 psalms found in the book of Psalms may be among the more well-known parts of the Old Testament by most Christians today. While many believers, sadly, have never read all of the OT, many have read many or

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Bible Study Helps: Job

May 23, 2018

The first of five books which make up the poetic books, or the wisdom literature portion of the Old Testament, is the book of Job. Before discussing it, let me say a few words about this type of literature. While

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Bible Study Helps: Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

May 22, 2018

Those faithfully reading through the Old Testament should be in the final three historical books, which appear just before the Wisdom literature (Job, Psalms, etc). Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the return from exile, the restoration of Jerusalem,

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Bible Study Helps: 1 & 2 Kings

Apr 2, 2018

Those who are reading through the Bible in a year will soon find themselves in the books of Kings. These are a continuation of the historical narrative of Israel which began in the books of Samuel. The four-hundred-year period covered

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Bible Study Helps: 1 & 2 Samuel

Mar 19, 2018

In these historical books we learn about how the monarchy in Israel was established. Samuel first anointed Saul as king, and then David. Four main characters are featured in these two books, and a rough outline of the book, at

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Bible Study Helps: Judges and Ruth

Mar 10, 2018

The events of these books take place between the death of Joshua and the rise of Samuel and Saul and covers a period of some several hundred years. Ruth seems to take place at the same time as the book

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Bible Study Helps: Joshua

Mar 5, 2018

If you have been faithfully reading your three and a bit chapters of Scripture a day to get through the Bible in a year, beginning with Genesis 1 on January 1, then you should be up to the book of

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Bible Study Helps: Exodus

Jan 16, 2018

Christians should be reading their Bibles every single day. But they should be doing more than just reading – they should be doing careful study as well. Admittedly this can be a difficult task, so plenty of Bible study helps

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Bible Study Helps: Genesis

Jan 6, 2018

As you know, every year around this time I strongly urge Christians to (perhaps for the very first time) read through the entire Bible. As I keep saying, if you read a bit over three chapters a day, you can

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Basic Bible Study Tools

Jan 2, 2018

Some of you have taken up my challenge to use the New Year to begin serious reading of the Bible. Because many of you have never read the whole Bible through, I have urged you to give it a try,

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