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Understanding the Books of the Bible

by Christopher R. Smith

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  • Published: December 21, 2012
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5992-4
  • Item Code: 5992

At first glance, Deuteronomy and Hebrews might seem very different from each other. In actuality, however, they're quite similar. Both are records of public addresses delivered at particularly pivotal times in the history of God and his people.

Deuteronomy speaks to those living a generation after the most significant saving work of God in the Old Testament: the exodus. Hebrews speaks to those living a generation after the most significant saving work of God ever: the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both acts of salvation changed the relationship between God and humanity in dramatic ways and provided a new picture of the depths of God's power and love for the people he chose as his own. Deuteronomy and Hebrews, then, are both a call to embrace the new gift of salvation God has given and the new type of relationship God has made possible between himself and sinful humans.

God's great work of salvation in Jesus Christ continues today. These studies not only help us make sense of Deuteronomy and Hebrews but also hold out the same invitation these two books of Scripture extended to God's people generations ago: Accept God's saving acts. Come closer and closer to him. And embrace his continuing work of forming us into a people who make his name known through all generations.

The Understanding the Books of the Bible series moves groups away from a typical Bible study format into a new approach to experiencing the Bible together. Instead of following artificial chapter and verse divisions, these study guides lead groups through whole books following their natural outlines and flow. They pose engaging questions for discussion with personal implications all along the way, leading to a community Bible experience.


How These Study Guides Are Different

Outline of Deuteronomy
Map of Places Mentioned in Deuteronomy
Session 1 Experiencing the Book of Deuteronomy as a Whole
Session 2 Moses Describes How God Has Led the Israelites to the Edge of the Promised Land
Session 3 Moses Urges the Current Generation of Israelites to Join in God's Covenant
Session 4 Moses Describes What Exclusive Allegiance to the LORD Must Look Like
Session 5 Moses Reviews the Nation's Past Disloyalty as a Negative Example
Session 6 How the Obligation of Exclusive Allegiance Is to Be Lived Out Practically
Session 7 Generosity in the Context of Worship
Session 8 The Administration of Justice
Session 9 The Concern for Justice Expands into a Vision for Doing Right by Others
Session 10 No Cheating
Session 11 Moses Describes the Covenant Ratification Ceremony
Session 12 Moses Looks to the Future and Names a Successor, Witnesses and Custodians
Session 13 Moses Teaches the Israelites a Song of Warning
Chart of the Names of the Tribes of Israel
Session 14 Moses Blesses the Tribes of Israel and Views the Land of Canaan Before He Dies

Outline of Hebrews
Session 15 Experiencing the Book of Hebrews as a Whole
Session 16 The Covenant Jesus Announces Is Far Greater than the One Announced by Angels
Session 17 Jesus Is the Apostle Who Leads Us into God's Rest
Session 18 The Qualifications of a High Priest--and a Word of Challenge
Session 19 Jesus, as a Melchizedek Priest, Has a Superior Ministry to the Levitical Priests
Session 20 The Death of Jesus Is the Only Sacrifice We Ever Need
Session 21 Drawing Near to God, Holding on to Hope, Practicing Love and Good Deeds
Session 22 The Evidence of Faith in the Lives of Men and Women Whom God Commended
Session 23 The Great Cloud of Witnesses and the Heavenly City
Session 24 Living Out Faith in Community Life

Christopher R. Smith

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is an author and biblical scholar who lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty years in Massachusetts, Ontario and Michigan and is now a volunteer campus staff member with Graduate InterVarsity at Michigan State University. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. He was one of the translators for The Voice Bible. Smith has a B.A. in literature from Harvard, a master's degree in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical theology and Bible from Boston College. He has taught visiting, adjunct and extension courses at Williams College, Regent College and the Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College). His articles have appeared in professional journals such as Novum Testamentum, New Testament Studies and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, in periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine, and on websites such as The High Calling of Our Daily Work.

BY Christopher R. Smith