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Old Testament Study - Introduction

Written by: Culver, Calvin    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                  Old Testament Study - Introduction

    In this study, we will be attempting an in-depth look at the history behind the pages of the Old Testament.  It has long been a conviction of mine that the majority of Christians lack a real understanding of the events which surround and shape the story we find there, and my own personal experience shows that even a survey-level knowledge of this historical background can revolutionize one's understanding of this two-thirds portion of the Word of God.  This I will attempt to provide; and following this, I will take a brief look at each of the books of the Old Testament and try to fit them into the historical picture.

    But before beginning the study, I have deemed it necessary to lay a few foundations on which to build.  To do this I have made available four files in which I discuss briefly the contents of the Old Testament, something of the land the Israelites occupied and its importance in their history, and a little about about the world view of the Old Testament authors, especially vis-a-vis their understanding of history.  In the fourth file I have summarized briefly the history which we will be examining in depth in the coming weeks - or rather, as seems more likely, months.  Read it to get some idea of where I'll be going in this study.  And I would strongly urge those who would like to participate in this study to download all four files and look them over first. A brief understanding of the topics they discuss is, I feel, essential to what is to come.

    And please be sure to pray for me, constantly.  This is a big undertaking, and I just hope I haven't gone and bit off more than I can chew.  Pray that the Lord will give me the stamina and the time I will need to complete it. Guess that's it for now.  I'll be back in just a few weeks with the first installment.  Until then, God bless one and all.

Calvin Culver

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