Torah Class Old Testament Bible Study for a New Testament Understanding Torah is the Hebrew word for the first 5 books of the Bible and it is the foundation of the Old Testament just as the Old Testament is the foundation of the New. The Old Testament (Tanach) is the Holy Scripture that Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew) taught from, and His Disciples referred to, since there was no New Testament until well after the time of the Apostles that succeeded Him. The Old and New Testaments are inseparable and only when used together do we have a complete, unified, divinely-inspired Bible. Torah Class cross-references the Torah and Old Testament passages with New Testament passages to reveal their seamless continuity.
Some excellent teaching from a Hebrew perspective Video Messages
- 1. Introduction to Old Testament Survey
- 2. Comparing the Old and New Testaments
- 3. The Law: The First Five Books
- 4. The Historical Books
- 5. The Poetical Books
- 6. The Major Prophets
- 7. The Minor Prophets
- How It All Began: Genesis 1-11
- The Patriarchal Period: Genesis 12-50
- The Conquest Of The Promised Land: Joshua
- The Post-Exilic Period: Ezra, Nehemiah, And Esther
- Psalms: The Hymnal Of Israel
- Wisdom Literature: The Mysterious Books Of Ecclesiastes And Song Of Songs
- Eighth Century Minor Prophets: Amos, Hosea, Jonah And Micah
- Isaiah: The Prophet And His Day – Chapters 1-39
- Isaiah: The Clearest Old Testament Witness to YHWH’s Eternal, Universal, Redemptive Plan – The Prophet and The Future – Chapters 40-66
- The Post-Exilic Prophets: Obadiah, Joel, Haggai, And Malachi
- Old Testament Apocalypses: Daniel And Zechariah
- 1. Genesis 1 – 3 (Creation and Fall)
- 2. Genesis 4 – 6:8 (Early Humankind)
- 3. Genesis 6:9 -11 (Noah, The Flood, Babel)
- 4. Job 1 – 3 (Job’s Troubles)
- 5. Job 4 – 31 (Job’s Friends)
- 6. Job 32 – 42 (Job’s Conclusions)
- 7. Genesis 12 – 16 (Abraham – Part 1)
- 8. Genesis 17 – 25:18 (Abraham – Part 2)
- 9. Genesis 25:18 – 36 (Isaac, Jacob, Esau)
- 10. Genesis 37 – 50 (Joseph)
- 11. Exodus 1 – 4 (Egyptian Captivity and Moses Called)
- 12. Exodus 5 – 11 (Plagues Upon Egypt)
- 13. Exodus 12 – 15:21 (Passover and Escape from Egypt)
- 14. Exodus 15:21 -19 (Journey to the Sinai)
- 15. Exodus 20 -31:11 (Decalogue, Sanctuary, Priests)
- 16. Exodus 31:12 – 40 (Sabbath, 10 Commandments, Golden Calf
- 17. Leviticus 1 – 27 (Sacrifices and Purity
- 18. Numbers 1 – 12 (Tribes, Substitutions, Rituals, and Troubles)
- 19. Numbers 13 – 25 and Psalm 90 (Promised Land, Rebellion, Wilderness, Balaam)
- 20. Numbers 26 – 36 (Tribes, Offerings, and Feasts)
- 21. Deuteronomy 1 – 16 (Preparation for the Promised Land)
- 22. Deuteronomy 17 – 34 and Psalm 91
- 23. Joshua 1 – 24 (Taking the Promised Land)
- 24. Judges 1 – 12 (Israel Forgets God, Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Barak, Gideon, Abimelech, And Jephthah)
- 25. Judges 13 – 21 (The Life Of Samson, A Cult Rises, Evil Leads To Violence.)
- 26. Ruth (Family Tragedy, Sacrificial Loyalty, Kinsman-Redeemer, Blessing)
- 27. 1 Samuel 1- 15 (Samuel and Saul)
- 28. 1 Samuel 16 -24, Psalms 11 and 59 (David and Escape from Saul)
- 29. 1 Samuel 25-31 2 Samuel 1-4, 1 Chronicles 1-10, and Various Psalms (Transition from Saul to David)
- 30. 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, Psalms (Early King David)
- 31. 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, Psalms (David and Bathsheba; Consequences)
- 32. 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Psalms (Solomon Rises to Power)
- 33. Song ofSongs 1 – 8 (Solomon Reflects Upon Love and Wisdom)
- 34. Proverbs 1- 11 (Solomon et al Share God’s Wisdom, Part 1 of 2)
- 35. Proverbs 12 – 24 (Solomon Shares Wisdom, Part 2 of 2)
- 36. 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Proverbs (Solomon Builds Temple and Palace and Gathers Great Wealth)
- 37. Ecclesiastes, 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Proverbs (Solomon Reflects)
- 38. 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles (Various Kings Rise and Fall)
- 39. 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Obadiah, Psalms (Jehosophat, Ahab, and the Prophet Elijah)
- 40. 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Jonah, Isaiah, Amos, (Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah, Amos)
- 41. 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Micah, Psalm, Hosea (Isaiah Prophesies Judgment and the Messiah, also, Micah and Hosea Prophesy and Hezekiah is Faithful)
- 42. 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Isaiah (Isaiah Prophesies Hope)
- 43. Nahum, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Psalms (Josiah Repents, Other Kings Choose Poorly)
- 44. 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Lamentations (Consequences of Rebellion)
- 45. Ezekiel 1-19 (Warning to and Judgment of Jerusalem)
- 46. Ezekiel 20-35 (Israel’s Rebellion, Prophesy, and Lament)
- 47. Ezekiel 36 – 48(Hope)
- 48. Joel 1- 3, Daniel 1-12 (Promised Redemption)
- 49. Ezra 16 , Psalm 137, Haggai 1-2, Zechariah 1-14 (Cyrus,- Promised return from exile, Darius)
- 50. Esther 1 – 10 (Trust, protection, blessing)
- 51. Ezra 7 – 10, Nehemiah, Psalm 126 (Return to reconstruct Jerusalem, Reforms)
- 52. Malachi (God’s selection of Israel, priestly apostasy, rebellion, resistance, repentance, and restoration)
Reading the Old Testament Barry L. Bandstra introduces helps that are available, and teaches how to read the Old Testament text by modeling the process. His aim is to survey the content of the Old Testament and illustrate how modern discoveries can enrich one’s understanding of the biblical text. Includes comprehensive Study Guides. This is also available as a podcast from Itunes
Text of the Old Testament Samuel Macauley Jackson Ed. This article, published nearly a century ago, does not reflect the general confirmation given to the traditional masoretic text by the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947.
Speaking the Language of Canaan: The Old testament and the Israelite Perception of the Physical World Dennis Bratcher The heart of the topic of this paper. Do we automatically assume that because we understand the words of Scripture (after they have been translated into English) we also understand the meaning? Is the language and world view presented in the Bible God’s language and world view, written by God himself, and therefore an absolute truth? If so, does that mean that all of Scripture must be read absolutely literally? Or should we ask what the frame of reference and world view from which the biblical writers spoke might have been? How do we decide when the biblical writers are using symbol and metaphor? Do the writers of scripture use language symbols and cultural metaphors that are immediately translatable into our world view? Or is our modern perception of the world so different that the ancient stories are totally untranslatable and therefore irrelevant to us?
Chronology of the Old Testament A collection of various chronologies of the Old Testament and associated topics.
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The Particular and the Universal in the Old Testament Elmer A. Martens
This Song’: Conspicuous Poetry in Hebrew Prose James W Watts points out that the Hebrew Bible contains many passages in which prose narrative surrounds conspicuous poetry. The interpretive problem then becomes, not whether this is verse, but why poetry appears precisely here and explores what poetic expression accomplishes that Hebrew prose narrative cannot or will not.
Bible History – Old Testament by Alfred Edersheim Electronic edition of a 1890 edition. Includes all seven volumes.
Number Multiplication in the Historical Books Kevin P. Edgecomb The notes present the proposal that the original populace and wealth numbers included in the “Historical Books” of the Old Testament have been multiplied by factors of 10 or 100 in order to provide more impressive numbers to a later audience.
- 1. A Word From the Author: A Brief Summary of This Interpretive Method
- 2. Introduction
- 3. The Bible
- 4. Biblical Authority
- 5. The Interpreter
- 6. The Contextual Method Of Biblical Interpretation
- 7. Some Possible Interpretive Pitfalls
- 8. Practical Procedures For Interpretation
- 9. Note Taking
- 10. A Guide to Good Bible Reading: A Personal Search For Verifiable Truth
Genealogy of Principal Figures in the Bible Trace family trees or search for specific individuals.
The Hebrews – a learning module from Washington State University.
Introduction to the Old Testament of the New English Bible Sir Godfrey Driver
Lands of the Bible J.W. McGarvey explores the geography and topography of Palestine
Old Testament Life and Literature An excerpt from Gerald A. Larue book presenting a different perspective.
Old Testament Prophecies Nearly one third of the Bible has something to do with prophecy and many of the key prophecies are listed here.
On-Line Old Testament Text Book A text prepared by the Division of Student Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas
Social Matrix and Canonical Shape Norman K Gotwald. “Social matrix” and “canonical shape” suggest the relationship between social scientific criticism and canonical criticism in Old Testament studies. This essay offers a critique of certain inadequacies and dangers in the formulations of both types of critics.