Does your church encourage small-group inductive Bible study? Here are 17 weekly sessions on key texts and themes (e.g., creation, fall, Abraham, exodus, wilderness wandering, law, priests, divided monarchy) from a widely respected Old Testament expert. Field-tested, this has a solid question-and-answer format.
2014 Readers' Choice Award Winner "Christians love the Bible, but they often do not know what to do with the Old Testament," writes Westmont College professor Tremper Longman. Further, he points out that it includes many types of writinghistory, prophecy, poetry, wisdom and apocalyptic. In this helpful volume he offers different strategies for understanding each of these important types of writing. Jesus made a point to tell his disciples that the whole Old Testament anticipated his coming (see especially Luke 24:25-27, 44-45). And so each session includes a special feature called "Anticipating the New Testament." Through this you will begin to discover the links between the two testaments and gain a fuller sense of our unfolding salvation history. Following the format of the other volumes of the Essentials series, originally designed by Greg Ogden, author of Discipleship Essentials
, each session includes the following elements:
- a memory verse
- a Bible study
- a reading
- "Anticipating the New Testament"
- a life application section
Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or triad, or in a small group, Old Testament Essentials
offers a comprehensive overview that will enrich your knowledge and deepen your faith. "Tremper Longman is for meand countless othersa treasured 'go-to' resource to uncover the treasures of Old Testament wisdom. This survey will be of huge value to anyone who wants the big picture of the Great Story." John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of Who Is This Man?
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary. Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including and coeditor of He and Dan Allender have coauthored and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.
"Recommend [ Old Testament Essentials] to pastors, Christian education directors, and small-group leaders and participants."
"With a good mix of study materials and questions, this curriculum is well-suited for adult classes, a Bible study or one-on-one discipleship."