The Bible can be surveyed in several different ways:
- By studying the lives of the main Bible characters.
- By studying themes such as "the blood", "the covenants", etc.
- By working out the chronological order of the events; also what was happening in the rest of the world to give perspective.
- By studying each book in order.
- By studying the history and culture of the peoples.
Other Items of Note and Specific Helps Include:
WHO WERE THE AUTHORS?
Kings and princes, poets and philosophers, prophets, and statesmen, unschooled fisher-men, a tax gatherer, etc.
Old Testament and New Testament
- Principle characters
- Principle places
- Principle facts
- Principle periods
The Bible is one story, one history, his story, the story of Jesus Christ.
All through the ages we find the promise of a Saviour Lu 19:10; Mt 20:28.
The Bible can be read in approximately 80 hours. Please do not dip in here or there, but instead read systematically.
No Scripture should be privately interpreted, but Scripture is to interpret Scripture (1 Pe 1:20). However, the Holy Spirit has promised to lead us into all truth (Jn 16:13).
The Old Testament is an account of a nation. The New Testament is an account of a Man (the Son of man). The Nation was founded and nurtured by God to be a vehicle to bring the Man into the world (Ge 12:1-3).
God became a man so that we might know what to think of when we think of God (John 1:14; 14:9).
His appearance on the earth is the central event of all history. The Old Testament sets the stage. The New Testament describes it.
Jesus Christ is not an historical character - dead and gone, but a living Person - the most vital force in the world today.
- It is God given (2 Ti 3:10-17).
- It should be treasured (De 11:1-9, Jsh. 1:8,9).
- It should be kept (Ps 119:9-18).
- It is a lamp (Ps 119:105-117).
- It is food (Is 55:1-11; Mt 4:4).
- It has been and is being fulfilled (Lu 24:36-45).
- It is complete (Re 22:8-21).
Therefore, we must systematically study God?s Word. Let us first look at the Word of God as it is organized, to give us a clearer understanding.
THE OLD TESTAMENT
Foundation and History of a People
The Old Testament consists of 39 books. In these books we find the history of God?s dealing with a people, and the foundation for the revelation to come in the New Testament. Many scholars have stated that there is no need for the study of the Old Testament since the birth of Christ. They feel that only the Gospels and the Book of Revelation matter, because in their way of reason, the old is "passed away." This concept is of course absurd. All of God?s Word is precious and significant. Jesus and the Apostles taught from the Old Testament. Our foundation of faith is presented there. Further, we are told in Hebrews that the Old Testament carries the types of things to come. We need to understand the Old Testament to clearly understand the New Testament.