30 Days to Understanding the Bible – Day 3

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How much do you know about the history of the world as presented in the Bible? This chapter gives you a really good overview of the story of the Old Testament. The New Testament is covered in another chapter.

eras and figures

As you can see in the above photo (I apologize for the poor quality), Anders breaks the Old Testament down into nine main sections (or eras), each of which is connected to a specific individual (for the sake of simplicity, I imagine), location, and storyline. The storyline aspect is not covered in today’s chapter. That would probably take longer than 15 minutes.

Anders associates Samson with the “Judges” era because he says Samson was the most famous judge. I find that point arguable. I’ve always thought Deborah was more famous than Samson, being the only female judge mentioned in the Bible. She certainly was wiser than Samson, who got fooled by that woman who chopped all his hair off. Besides, Deborah is connected with Jael, who drove that peg through Sisera’s temple. I always thought that was pretty cool.

But a lot of people know about Samson (maybe more than those who know about Deborah), so perhaps he is more famous.

Here’s a clearer look at the whole era-figure-location thing. And, yes, I filled that chart out without looking back at the information in the book. The information was definitely sinking in!      story of the old testament

One thing I really loved about this chapter was the review map where we were supposed to draw arrows representing the major movements of God’s people in biblical times. I kinda knew about this before (at least to a certain extent), but the act of drawing the arrows on the actual map helped me see it and understand it in a whole new way. Very cool!

movement from location to location

So far, I have to say that I’m enjoying this book more and more every day. Every chapter certainly does build on the one before it, and they’re all equally interesting and informative.

I know I’m looking forward to Day 4, how about you?

Oh, and if you haven’t yet seen my reviews of the first and second chapters, you can see those here and here.

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