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Apokalupsis

“The Bible ends with a flourish: vision and song, doom and deliverance, terror and triumph.  The rush of color and sound, image and energy, leaves us reeling.  But if we persist through the initial confusion and read on, we begin to pick up the rhythms, realize the connections, and find ourselves enlisted as participants in…

The Letters

We now come to a part of the Bible known as the epistles, or the letters.  These writings explain and expound on the truths about the person and the work of Jesus Christ, as presented in the gospels, and on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, as seen throughout the book of Acts. …

Irresistible Revolution

The story of Jesus does not end with the Gospels.  It continues in the lives of those who are His disciples.  They are participants.  They are in on the action of God.  Luke, the only Gentile writer of the New Testament, composed Acts as a detailed and historical sequel to his Gospel narrative.  It begins…

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“Once Upon a Time” to “Kingdom Come”

In reading the Bible it is important to understand the various genres within the sixty-six books.  In the Old Testament there are the books of law, of history, wisdom literature (also known as poetry), and the prophets.  These writings were composed and circulated over a period of two thousand years.  The New Testament contains eye…

Apertures to the Eternal

The Old Testament priests were the people’s representatives to God.  The prophets were God’s representatives to the people.  In the Old Testament there are sixteen writing prophets, and their writings are some of the most neglected Scriptures.  These men were uncompromising in conviction and zealous for the things of God.  They insisted that God was…

Poetry and Prayer, Wisdom and Worship

The books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon are commonly considered the Scriptural books of the poetic genre.  They are also classified as “wisdom” literature.  Lamentations in the Old Testament and Revelation in the New Testament could also be considered along with these.  These writings explore the wide range of human…

History, a Medium for the Message

There are twelve books in the Old Testament, beginning with Joshua and ending with Esther, grouped in a “historical” genre.  They describe the settlement of Israel in Canaan, the transition from judges to monarchs, the decline and division of the kingdom, the captivity of the northern and the southern kingdoms by foreign powers, and the…

Five Scrolls

The first five books of the Old Testament form a complete literary unit called the Pentateuch, meaning “five scrolls.”  They form a seamless narrative from Creation to the death of Moses.  These writings are in historical sequence, with each succeeding book beginning where the previous book stops.  The narrative is foundational in the formation of…

A Place of Entry

The Bible makes such staggering claims about itself, that if it is not true, it is outrageous.  It claims to be inspired and without error in its original manuscripts.  It also claims to be the final authority for what is true and right and good for our individual lives, and for the entire world. Many…

A Staggering Claim

How are we to read and understand the Bible?  In the next few posts, by breaking down the various genres that make up the sixty-six books, we will unpack some clear and concise principles in reading the Scriptures as a whole. Reading the Old Testament Reading the Law Reading History Reading Wisdom literature Reading the…