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Introduction and detailed outline of the Book of Genesis – creation, world history, history of the patriarchs

The original Hebrew title of Genesis is bereshit (BEHR-uh-shith) which means, "in beginning".  This was later translated to Greek and given the title "Genesis", which means beginning or origin, which is the translation we use today. Genesis is the first book in the Pentateuch (PEN-tuh-tyook) and although the author of Genesis is unknown, it is believed the same person wrote all five books of the Pentateuch. Jewish and Christian traditions attribute the Pentateuch to Moses who plays a key part in the narrative.  The source of the narrative is unknown too.  It could have been compiled by the author from various sources or passed down verbally through many generations. The book overs a longer time span than any other book in the Bible.  In fact, it covers

Detailed outline of the Book of Exodus – Israel’s deliverance, covenant, God’s royal tent

Exodus is the second book in the Pentateuch and although the author of Exodus is unknown, it is believed the same person wrote all five books of the Pentateuch. Jewish and Christian traditions attribute the Pentateuch to Moses who plays a key part in the narrative.  The source of the narrative is unknown too.  It could have been compiled by the author from various sources or passed down verbally through many generations. Prologue (chs. 1–2) Israel Blessed and Oppressed (ch. 1) A Deliverer Prepared (ch. 2) Infant Moses spared (2:1–10) Mature Moses’ escape from Egypt (2:11–25) God’s Deliverance of Israel (chs. 3–18) The Deliverer

Detailed outline of the Book of Leviticus – offerings – cleanliness, atonement, and holy living

Large amounts of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament), if not all, are believed to have been written by Moses.  Leviticus is the third book of five in the Pentateuch. Leviticus continues the theme found in Exodus - that God is holy and his people should be holy too. Leviticus presents a "manual of worship" containing instructions for the ancient priests. The Five Main Offerings (chs. 1–7) The Burnt Offering (ch. 1) The Grain Offering (ch. 2) The Fellowship Offering (ch. 3) The Sin Offering (4:1—5:13) The Guilt Offering (5:14—6:7) Additional Regulations for the Offerings (6:8—7:38) The Installation and Ministry of Aaron and His Sons (chs. 8–10) The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons (ch. 8) The Ministry of the Priests (ch.

Detailed outline of the Book of Numbers – journey to the Promise Land, the new generation

The book of Numbers shows how God dealt faithfully with his people even though they were often unfaithful.  Numbers challenges God's people to live righteous lives according to the lessons taught to us through the Bible.  The title "Numbers" is based on the two censuses presented in chapters 1 and 26 as well as references to the twelve tribes of Israel.  The Hebrew title of the book is "In the Wilderness".  Tradition holds that the author of Numbers (and all of the Pentateuch) is Moses. Israel at Sinai, Preparing to Depart for the Promised Land (1:1—10:10) The Commands for the Census of the People (chs. 1–4) The numbers of men from each tribe mustered for war (ch. 1) The placement of the tribes around the

Detailed outline of the book of Deuteronomy – the Covenant stipulations, blessings, curses, leadership

Preamble (1:1–5) Historical Prologue (1:6—4:43) Stipulations of the Covenant (4:44—26:19) The Great Commandment: The Demand for Absolute Allegiance (4:44—11:32) God’s covenant Lordship (4:44—5:33) The principle of consecration (ch. 6) The program for conquering Canaan (ch. 7) A call to commitment in the new land (ch. 8) The lesson of the broken tablets (9:1—10:11) Another call to commitment (10:12—11:32) Supplementary Requirements (chs. 12–26) Ceremonial consecration (12:1—16:17) Human leaders in God’s righteous kingdom (16:18—21:21) Sanctity of God’s kingdom (21:22—25:19) Confessions of God as Redeemer-King (ch. 26) Ratification; Curses and Blessings (chs. 27–30) Leadership Succession under the Covenant (chs. 31–34) Change of Leadership (31:1–29) Song of Moses (31:30—32:47) Moses’ Testamental Blessing on the Tribes (32:48—33:29) Death of Moses and Succession of Joshua (ch. 34)

Detailed outline of the Book of Joshua – Entry, conquest, and distribution of the Promise Land

The Entrance into the Land (1:1—5:12) The Exhortations to Conquer (ch. 1) The Reconnaissance of Jericho (ch. 2) The Crossing of the Jordan (chs. 3–4) The Consecration at Gilgal (5:1–12) The Conquest of the Land (5:13—12:24) The Initial Battles (5:13—8:35) The victory at Jericho (5:13—6:27) The failure at Ai because of Achan’s sin (ch. 7) The victory at Ai (8:1–29) The covenant renewed at Shechem (8:30–35) The Campaign in the South (chs. 9–10) The treaty with the Gibeonites (ch. 9) The long day of Joshua (10:1–15) The southern cities conquered (10:16–43) The Campaign in the North (ch. 11) The Defeated Kings of Canaan (ch. 12) The Distribution of the Land (chs. 13–21) The Areas Yet to Be Conquered (13:1–7) The Land Assigned by Moses

Detailed outline of the Book of Judges – oppression and deliverance for Israel

Prologue: Incomplete Conquest and Apostasy (1:1—3:6) First Episode: Israel’s Failure to Purge the Land (1:1—2:5) Second Episode: God’s Dealings with Israel’s Rebellion (2:6—3:6) Oppression and Deliverance (3:7—16:31) Othniel Defeats Aram Naharaim (3:7–11) Ehud Defeats Moab (3:12–30) Shamgar (3:31) Deborah Defeats Canaan (chs. 4–5) Gideon Defeats Midian (chs. 6–8) (Abimelech, the anti-judge, ch. 9), Tola (10:1–2) Jair (10:3–5) Jephthah Defeats Ammon (10:6—12:7) Ibzan (12:8–10) Elon (12:11–12) Abdon (12:13–15) Samson Checks Philistia (chs. 13–16) Epilogue: Religious and Moral Disorder (chs. 17–21) First Episode (chs. 17–18; see 17:6; 18:1) Micah’s corruption of religion (ch. 17) The Danites’ departure from their tribal territory (ch. 18) Second Episode (chs. 19–21; see 19:1; 21:25) Gibeah’s corruption of morals (ch. 19) The Benjamites’ near removal from their tribal territory (chs. 20–21)

Detailed outline of the Book of Ruth – Ruth, Naomi, Boaz, and the genealogy of David

Introduction: Naomi Emptied (1:1–5) Naomi Returns from Moab (1:6–22) Ruth Clings to Naomi (1:6–18) Ruth and Naomi Return to Bethlehem (1:19–22) Ruth and Boaz Meet in the Harvest Fields (ch. 2) Ruth Begins Work (2:1–7) Boaz Shows Kindness to Ruth (2:8–16) Ruth Returns to Naomi (2:17–23) Naomi Sends Ruth to Boaz’s Threshing Floor (ch. 3) Naomi Instructs Ruth (3:1–5) Boaz Pledges to Secure Redemption (3:6–15) Ruth Returns to Naomi (3:16–18) Boaz Arranges to Fulfill His Pledge (4:1–12) Boaz Confronts the Unnamed Kinsman (4:1–8) Boaz Buys Naomi’s Property and Announces His Marriage to Ruth (4:9–12) Conclusion: Naomi Filled (4:13–17) Epilogue: Genealogy of David (4:18–22)

Detailed outline of 2 Samuel

The Consolidation of Kingship in Israel (2Sa 1–20) David’s Lament over Saul and Jonathan (ch. 1) David Becomes King over Judah (chs. 2–4) David Becomes King over All Israel (5:1–5) David Conquers Jerusalem (5:6–25) David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem (ch. 6) God Promises David an Everlasting Dynasty (ch. 7) The Extension of David’s Kingdom (ch. 8) David’s Faithfulness to His Covenant with Jonathan (ch. 9) David Commits Adultery and Murder (chs. 10–12) David Loses His Son Amnon (chs. 13–14) David Loses His Son Absalom (chs. 15–20) Final Reflections on David’s Reign (2Sa 21–24)

Detailed outline of 1 Kings – Era of Solomon, Jeroboam, the Prophet Elijah

The Solomonic Era (1:1—12:24) Solomon’s Succession to the Throne (1:1—2:12) Solomon’s Throne Established (2:13–46) Solomon’s Wisdom (ch. 3) Solomon’s Reign Characterized (ch. 4) Solomon’s Building Projects (5:1—9:9) Preparation for building the temple (ch. 5) Building the temple (ch. 6) Building the palace (7:1–12) The temple furnishings (7:13–51) Dedication of the temple (ch. 8) The Lord’s response and warning (9:1–9) Solomon’s Reign Characterized (9:10—10:29) Solomon’s Folly (11:1–13) Solomon’s Throne Threatened (11:14–43) Rehoboam’s Succession to the Throne (12:1–24) Israel and Judah from Jeroboam I/Rehoboam to Ahab/Asa (12:25—16:34) Jeroboam I of Israel (12:25—14:20) Rehoboam of Judah (14:21–31) Abijah of Judah (15:1–8) Asa of Judah (15:9–24) Nadab of Israel (15:25–32) Baasha of Israel (15:33—16:7) Elah of Israel (16:8–14) Zimri of Israel (16:15–20) Omri of Israel (16:21–28) Ahab of