What is the big-picture storyline of the Bible?
What are the different literary genres of Scripture, and how should they be read?
What are the important theological themes in the Old and New Testaments?
What happened in the time between the testaments?
Such questions are the focus of this collection of concise studies on the Bible and its contents, which includes time lines of the Old and New Testaments and intertestamental events.
Useful both as a general overview and as a tool for more specific reference and training, this volume will help readers to grow in their understanding of Scripture and their ability to apply it to their lives.
Pastors, church leaders, students, and other Christians engaged in studying and teaching God's Word will benefit from these studies, originally featured as articles in the ESV Study Bible and written by notable contributors, including Vern Poythress, Gordon Wenham, David Howard, Thomas R. Schreiner and Darrell Bock.
Table of Contents
An Overview of the Bible's Storyline Vern S. Poythress 7
Part 1 Old Testament
1 The Theology of the Old Testament C. John Collins 21
2 Introduction to the Pentateuch Gordon Wenham 30
3 Introduction to the Historical Books David Howard 40
4 Introduction to the Poetic and Wisdom Literature David Reimer 50
5 Introduction to the Prophetic Books Paul House 62
Part 2 Background to the New Testament
6 The Time between the Testaments J. Julius Scott Jr. 79
7 The Roman Empire and the Greco-Roman World at the Time of the New Testament David Chapman 90
8 Jewish Groups at the Time of the New Testament John Delhousaye 100
Part 3 New Testament
9 The Theology of the New Testament Thomas R. Schreiner 109
10 Reading the Gospels and Acts Darrell Bock 118
11 Reading the Epistles Thomas R. Schreiner 128
12 Reading Revelation Dennis Johnson 135
Part 4 Time Lines
Old Testament Time Line: An Overview 149
Intertestamental Events Time Line 151
New Testament Time Line 156