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"Christians love the Bible, but they often do not know what to do with the Old Testament," writes Westmont College professor Tremper Longman. Further, he points out that it includes many types of writing—history, prophecy, poetry, wisdom and apocalyptic. In this helpful volume he offers different strategies for understanding each of these important types of writing.
Jesus made a point to tell his disciples that the whole Old Testament anticipated his coming (see especially Luke 24:25-27, 44-45). And so each session includes a special feature called "Anticipating the New Testament." Through this you will begin to discover the links between the two testaments and gain a fuller sense of our unfolding salvation history.
Following the format of the other volumes of the Essenitals series, originally designed by Greg Ogden, author of Discipleship Essentials, each session includes the following elements:
Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or triad, or in a small group, Old Testament Essentials offers a comprehensive overview that will enrich your knowledge and deepen your faith.
"Tremper Longman is for me—and countless others—a treasured 'go-to' resource to uncover the treasures of Old Testament wisdom. This survey will be of huge value to anyone who wants the big picture of the Great Story." —John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of Who Is This Man?
"Tremper Longman is for me--and countless others--a treasured 'go-to' resource to uncover the treasures of Old Testament wisdom. This survey will be of huge value to anyone who wants the big picture of the Great Story."
"Recommend [Old Testament Essentials] to pastors, Christian education directors, and small-group leaders and participants."
"With a good mix of study materials and questions, this curriculum is well-suited for adult classes, a Bible study or one-on-one discipleship."
Introduction: How to Use This Book
1 Creation: God Creates the Cosmos
2 Fall: Humanity Rebels Against the Creator
3 Abraham: The Father of the Faith
4 Isaac and Jacob: The Promise Continues
5 Joseph: The Promise Survives
6 Exodus: God Saves His People from Bondage
7 Wilderness Wandering: God Refines His People
8 Law: God Makes His Will Known
9 Priests, Holy Place and Sacrifice: Coming into the Presence of the Lord
10 Conquest: God Gives His People the Land
11 Judges: Spiritual Confusion, Moral Depravity, Political Fragmentation
12 Saul, David and Solomon: The Rise of Kingship
13 Psalms: Worshiping the Lord
14 Wisdom: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Life
15 Divided Monarchy: The Road to Judgment
16 Prophets: God?s Covenant Lawyers and Apocalyptic Visionaries
17 Exile and Return: Divine Hostility and Restoration