Do you sometimes find the archaic expressions used by Old Testament writers difficult to interpret? In light of later New Testament teachings, have you ever questioned if this earlier literature is really relevant to the Christian faith? In his fact-filled, updated study, Robert Laurin clarifies both questions. He leads readers of the Old Testament to "encounter more profoundly the God who, through the pages of the Bible, seeks to speak a word that affects life situations in today's world." For Laurin, the Old Testament is a background against which to view the life and works of Jesus Christ.
To simplify your study, Laurin groups widely diverse Old Testament literature into basic clusters:
• historical books• short stories• song texts• wisdom texts• works of the prophets• apocalyptic literature
• how the Old Testament was compiled• chronological structure• cultures from which various parts originated
Each book study includes a discussion of its history, purpose, message or theological emphasis, and its literary style. Chapters conclude with questions for group discussion or personal reflection.
A free downloadable Leader's Guide is available for this resource.
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