The Most Important Stories of the Bible: Understanding God's Word through the Stories It Tells

The Most Important Stories of the Bible: Understanding God's Word through the Stories It Tells

by Christopher D. Hudson, Stan Campbell

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Overview

Most of us are familiar with the exciting adventures of David and Goliath, Noah, or Daniel in the lions' den, but we don't always understand how they fit together. We lack context, and so we sometimes miss the point.

The Most Important Stories of the Bible will give you a working knowledge of the key events in Scripture and how they flow into one big story. The book's 75 stories are compact, easy to read, and enjoyable. Each chapter includes a brief introduction that gives historical context to help you grasp the overall narrative of the Bible, and concludes with an explanation of why that story matters in our lives.

There's a reason most of the Bible is made up of stories. They speak to us in a deep way, helping us internalize God's message. And in the end, understanding the stories of God's Word will help us connect more closely to Jesus, the greatest storyteller of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764232862
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,151,322
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christopher Hudson is the author of numerous books, including the Self-Guided Tour of the Bible and Navigating the Bible, and has contributed to over fifty Bible projects. Christopher is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and has been an active teacher in his church for over twenty years. He lives outside Chicago with his wife and three children.

Stan Campbell holds communication degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Wheaton College. He has authored dozens of Bible-related books, primarily for youth and seeker markets, including the first three editions of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible. He and his wife, Kathy, live in the Nashville area.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Beginnings

Creation 15

Adam and Eve 17

The Fall 18

Cain and Abel 20

Noah and the Flood 22

The Tower of Babel 24

Patriarchs

Promises to Abraham 29

Abraham and Lot 31

Abraham Offers Isaac 33

Isaac Finds a Wife 35

Jacob vs. Esau 37

Jacob Becomes Israel 39

Joseph: His Early Life 42

Joseph: His Egyptian Life 44

Job 46

Israel's Family Becomes a Nation

Moses and the Burning Bush 51

The Plagues on Egypt 53

Crossing the Red Sea 55

The Golden Calf 57

Twelve Spies Explore Canaan 59

Balaam and His Donkey 61

Joshua and the Battle of Jericho 63

Gideon 65

Samson 67

Ruth and Boaz 69

Kings and Prophets

The Call of Samuel 75

Saul: Israel's First King 77

David and Goliath 79

David and Bathsheba 81

David and Absalom 83

Solomon 85

Elijah on Mount Carmel 87

Naboth's Vineyard 89

Naaman Visits Elisha 90

The Fiery Furnace 92

Daniel in the Lions' Den 94

The Call of Isaiah 96

Jeremiah in the Pit 98

Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones 100

Hosea and Gomer 101

Jonah 103

Esther 105

Nehemiah Rebuilds the Walls of Jerusalem 108

Stories of Jesus

The Birth of John the Baptist 113

The Birth of Jesus 115

Jesus' Baptism and Temptation 117

Jesus Turns Water into Wine 119

Nicodemus Visits Jesus 120

Jesus and the Woman at the Well 122

Proof of Jesus' Authority to Forgive 124

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand (and Later Four Thousand) 126

Two Miracles on the Sea 128

Jesus' Authority over Evil Spirits 130

Jesus' Transfiguration 132

Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery 134

The Parable of the Prodigal Son 136

The Parable of the Good Samaritan 138

The Rich Man and Lazarus 141

The Resurrection of Lazarus 142

Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem 145

Jesus' Last Supper 146

Jesus' Arrest and Trials 148

Jesus' Crucifixion 151

Jesus' Resurrection 153

Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus 156

Peter Renews His Commitment to Jesus 158

Stories of the Early Church

The Holy Spirit Arrives at Pentecost 163

Ananias and Sapphira 165

Two Miraculous Prison Releases 167

The Stoning of Stephen 169

The Conversion of Saul (Paul) 171

Peter's Vision 173

Paul and the Philippian Jailer 175

Paul's Journey to Rome 177

John's Visions 180

Acknowledgments 183

About the Authors 185

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Anonymous 23 hours ago
If you're expecting a fictionalized account of the bible like I did, then this book isn't for you. It narrates the stories in the bible from the beginning to the very end in a timeline. Its pretty cut and dry, but gives an account of the bible. I didn't care for it myself, because it is so dry, but I probably will refer to it as a reference.
Anonymous 23 hours ago
If you're expecting a fictionalized account of the bible like I did, then this book isn't for you. It narrates the stories in the bible from the beginning to the very end in a timeline. Its pretty cut and dry, but gives an account of the bible. I didn't care for it myself, because it is so dry, but I probably will refer to it as a reference.
Josh Vardy 12 days ago
When reading the bible, the context of a particular story is essential to delving into the meaning of a passage. However, most people don’t read through canon from Genesis through to Revelation and remember the entire storyline of scripture. For those that require a survey of the story line of the scriptures by looking at pericopes to provide both a slight recap on the narrative development from the previous section, the story itself and finally a truth derived from the story. When looking at a book such as this one, I personally think of content focusing more on the Old Testament than the New. The brevity of the book restricts the number of stories that are able to be included within the section covering the Old Testament which means that the stories included, on the whole, are ones that would generally be covered to the detriment of stories that lead to a fuller understanding of the Old Testament canon. For example, the table of contents only includes one entry for each of the Major Prophets, and scarcely mentions the Minor Prophets. Although this is biased towards the common stories that established church members will have heard, this does not invalidate its use for new believers or those that are established. When thinking about the New Testament, elements that complicate the storyline and make that the section less enjoyable to read specifically the in depth description of Paul’s missionary journeys are not included in the book. Overall the book doesn’t presuppose any information and thus it is appropriate for new believers. I was provided a digital copy of the book through NetGalley, but all thoughts included are my own.
PBDeb 16 days ago
The Most Important Stories of the Bible by Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell Written in understandable English, this book is exactly what the title implies. It covers seventy five Bible stories putting the most important and meaningful events in a nutshell for the average reader. Whether you are familiar with these stories, or are new to the scriptures, this is a “one size fits all” summation of the most powerful Biblical happenings. Each chapter begins with a title or introduction, followed by the story and an “essential truth,” or explanation of what the story meant as God’s message to us all. I recommend this book for people who’d like to read Bible stories in a simplified way and in chronological order. Bible study groups would also appreciate this wonderful book for new comers and seasoned Bible readers alike.
CatesBookshelf 21 days ago
The Most Important Stories of the Bible is a great resource if you are new to the Bible or if you just want a general overview of it. The book is broken down into the different stories, starting with creation and covering everything from Joseph to Gideon to Isaiah, the birth, life and death of Jesus all the way to John’s visions in Revelation. Each story begins with a section titled “The Story Continues…” which is somewhat of a background to the story itself. Then there is “The Essential Story,” which is a condensed version of the story. Finally, each story ends with an “Essential Truth,” which is the moral of the story. While I don’t think this replaces reading your Bible, it is a great resource, especially to use as you read the chapters in the Bible.