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What is the Old Testament
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.
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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.
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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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.
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 History Dennis R. Bratcher offers a cultural and historical overview.
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.