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Overview

Most people are vitally interested in answers to the big questions of life. Where did we come from? Why are we here? What makes us tick or what is the nature of humankind? How did we get in the predicament we are in? What is our future? We avidly read all kinds of literature on human beginnings, human psychological makeup, the present state of human affairs, and human destiny. We consider any literature that deals with these questions relevant and timely.

Preeminent among all literature about the big questions of life is the Holy Bible. Not only does it report human opinions, but also it gives divine insights into all the issues of life. Thus, it gives perspectives and answers available nowhere else. Viewed from this standpoint, the Bible is not some book out of the musty past that has only antiquarian interests for a few with a nostalgic bent; but it has a vital, contemporary relevance.

Dr. Vos brings the Bible to life, not only as he recounts the events of biblical history, but also as he makes it relevant for the readers of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899574486
  • Publisher: AMG Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Some Beginning Questions 3
Part I The Early History of God's People
2 In the Beginning (Genesis 1-11) 25
3 Fathers in Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph (Genesis 11-50) 45
4 Up from Slavery: Moses and the Exodus (Exodus 1-15) 51
5 Power in the Desert: The Wilderness Wanderings (Exodus 15-Deuteronomy 34) 57
6 "The Lord God Is with You": The Conquest of the Promised Land (Joshua 1-24) 77
7 "Everyone Did What Was Right in His Own Eyes": The Judges (Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 8) 83
8 The Clamor for a King: Saul, David, and Solomon (1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-11, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles 1-9) 99
9 Chaos under the Kings: The Divided Kingdom (1 Kings 12-22, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles 10-36) 117
10 God Remembers His People: Captivity and Restoration (2 Chronicles 36, Ezra, Esther, Nehemiah) 137
Part II The Prophets of the Old Testament
11 "Thus Says the LORD": An Overview of Prophets & Prophecy 147
12 Prophets of the Assyrian Period (Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, Nahum, Zephaniah) 151
13 Prophets of the Babylonian Period (Habakkuk, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel) 165
14 Prophets of the Persian Period (Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi) 181
Part III The Singers and Sages of the Old Testament
15 The Art of Godly Living: Truth in Poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations) 189
For Further Old Testament Study 206
Part IV Between the Testaments
16 When There Was No Word from the Lord: The Four Hundred Silent Years 211
For Further Intertestamental Study 236
Part V The Life of Jesus
17 In "the Fullness of the Time": The Resumption of Revelation 239
18 "Render ... to Caesar": The World of Jesus and the Early Church 249
19 The Promised Messiah Comes: The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) 255
Part VI The Growth of the Young Church
20 "Power from on High": Acts of the Risen Lord (Acts) 291
21 "Grace to You and Peace": Paul's Letters to Young Churches (Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Romans, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus) 299
22 A Better Way: The Letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews) 333
23 To All the Churches: The General Epistles (James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude) 339
Part VII The End of all Things
24 "A New Heaven and a New Earth": The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation) 355
For Further New Testament Study 369
Appendix I A Simple Technique for Learning Old Testament History 371
About the Author 375
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