A Journey Through the Old Testament

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Old Testament Survey - OTS101

Nate Jackson
Student # N1838-2219

June 12, 2011

The first 39 books of the larger work called the Bible, is called the Old Testament. The Bible itself is arguably the best selling and most read book of all time, yet it’s well known to be quite challenging to read through and understand. The Old Testament portion of the Bible, notably the most difficult portion of the Bible for most to study and follow, yields 39 books from multiple authors, and spans over 4000 years of crucial world and church history. If that were not enough to take on, the Old Testament comes our way through multiple styles of authorship and formats, including but not limited to, books of history, law, proverbs, ethics,
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These people included priests, judges, prophets, kings, warriors, captives, slaves, people of Israel, and gentiles too. We looked inside the lives and decisions of Job, Ruth, Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Barak, Gideon, Jephthah, Samson, Eli, Samuel, Saul, David, Saul’s son Jonathan, Solomon, Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Asa, Elijah, Elisha, Ahab, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Nehemiah, Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, and more.

Behind the scenes of every era and event, regardless of the choices of the people, there was a never-ending call from God to His creation – a call for dependence, trust, allegiance, and worship for their creator God and Lord. The text highlights that throughout the ages, God has always sought out a people who would listen to His Word, obey it, and love Him for who HE is, and even in light of their obvious tendencies toward sin and disobedience, God remains faithful and willing to provide a way (where there is no way) for salvation and deliverance for His people who will repent and look to Him as their God.


My reading and review of our text, has moved me personally more than I initially expected, and as a result I have some pretty strong opinions regarding its value and overall significance. I anticipated that my knowledge of the Old Testament history and events would expand as I read


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