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1 2-5 minutes 3. OVERVIEW OF THE BIBLE Objective: To get a better overview of the Bible which will help you to better understand, apply and communicate the essentials of the Bible. Agenda 1. A Test Drive 2. How did the Bible come into being? The First process of the Bible GPS is Understanding. 5. The Second process of the Bible GPS is Application. The Third process of the Bible GPS is Communication. 6. The Bible GPS on Galatians 5: The Bible GPS on Ephesians 5: The Bible GPS on Romans 3: Welcome everybody and open with a prayer. Ask the participants how they have experienced the readings (It was their assignment for the week.). Ask a participant to read the objective loud. Transition into next slide Kobus Genis

2 5-8 minutes 1. Pre- History 2. The Patriarchs 3. Exodus and Conquest 4. Judges 5. United Kingdom 6. Divided Kingdom and Exile 7. In Exile Return from Exile Silent Years 10. New Testament Tell participants that this slide is a schematic representation of the overview of the Bible. Ask if anyone can tell you why blocks 1-9 represent a ascending line while block 10 represents a horizontal line (pages XXI-XXII in ). Kobus Genis

3 5-8 minutes Creation Fall 1. Pre-History Gen Confusion of Babel Flood The first 11 chapters of Genesis describe how human beings miss the mark. The rest of the Bible tells us how God accompanies human beings on their journey through life in order to create a community of believers a family of faith! Ask participants if anyone can tell why the first eleven chapters of the Bible are being called pre-history? (Page 25 in ) Transition into next slide = map of the exodus Kobus Genis

4 (±2000 ±1250 BC) 2. Four main characters 2. Patriarchs and Slavery God s rescue plan a covenant Abraham Isaac Gen Jacob Joseph In these chapters in Genesis, we see the wondrous ways God goes about establishing a new community of faith. Ask participants if anyone can tell what a covenant is? (Page 35 in The Bible as Your GPS ) Transition into next slide = map of Abraham s journeys Transition into next slide Kobus Genis

5 3. Exodus to Conquest (± BC) Exodus Joshua 3. A FAMILY TURNS INTO A NATION- God begins to fulfill his promise to Abraham Events Moses leads the people from Egypt Offering system The Passover The desert wanderings Conquest of Canaan Ask participants if anyone can tell how many years difference there are between the last chapter of Genesis and the first chapter of Exodus? (Pages in The Bible as Your GPS ) Transition into next slide = map of Exodus Kobus Genis

6 (± BC) Judges & Ruth Judges The events between the entry into the Promised Land and the establishment of the monarchy of Israel 12 tribes not closely united A ray of light in dark times Dark period Faith in God dwindled during this phase God uses Ruth and Boaz Ask participants if anyone can tell why this was a dark time in the history of Israel? (Pages in ) Kobus Genis

7 5. The United Kingdom (± BC) 1 2 Samuel; 1 Kings Chronicles 2 Chronicles 9 Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon Monarchy established 3 Kings Saul David Solomon God continues to work out his rescue plan for the nations 2 Sam 7:10, 12, Ask participants if anyone can tell why Saul fail as a king? (Pages in The Bible as Your GPS ) = map of 12 tribes Kobus Genis

8 ( BC) 6. The Divided Kingdom and Exile 1 Kings 12 2 Kings 25 2 Chronicles 10 36; Jonah; Amos; Hosea; Isaiah 1-39; Micah; Nahum; Zephaniah Jeremiah; Lamentations Habakkuk; Obadiah; Isaiah The consequence of breaking the covenant through idolatry: A Divided Kingdom 1 Kings 11: 9 & 1 Kings 12: 14 Northern Kingdom = Israel (10 tribes) Southern Kingdom = Judah (2 tribes) God continues to be committed to his covenant - Prophets point to new things Ask participants if anyone can tell why the kingdom of Israel split into two? (pages in ) = map the Divided Kingdom Kobus Genis

9 ( BC) 6. The Divided Kingdom and Exile Ezekiel and Daniel BC The end of the Northern Kingdom Assyrians 2 Kings 17: They continued to sin against God and ignored the prophets warnings 586BC The end of the Southern Kingdom Babylonians The unthinkable happened: Jerusalem collapsed How will God fulfill his promises to Abraham and Israel? = map of Israel and Judah into captivity Kobus Genis

10 7. 7 In Exile ( BC) Ezekiel and Daniel 7. Changed way of worship From Temple sacrifices in Jerusalem to prayer, confession and teaching in houses The unthinkable happened: Jerusalem collapsed How will God fulfill his promises to Abraham and Israel? Ask participants if anyone can tell why God did not turn his back on His people? (Page 243 in ) Kobus Genis

11 8. 8 Return from Exile ( BCBC) Haggai; Zechariah; Joel; Esther Ezra ; Nehemiah; Malachi 8. The Persians encouraged the repatriation and also subsidized it. Persians The first group returned ± 536BC and started to rebuild the temple The next main group returned 458BC with Ezra In 444BC Nehemiah returned with another group The Exiles who returned were called Jews derived from Yehudi which is related to Judah God remains faithful in keeping his promises. The prophets continue to point to the Messiah. Ask participants if anyone can tell what the Return from Exile tells us about God? (page in ) Kobus Genis

12 Silent Years OT 9. (420- ±6BC) Décor shifts 1. Political shifts 2. Cultural shifts 3. Geographical shifts 4. Religious shifts 5. Language shifts NT Ask participants if they can tell why this period is refereed to as the Silent Years? (page in ) by flipping through the sides. Transition into next slide Kobus Genis

13 10. New Testament 10. The 27 books that make up the NT were nearly all written before the end of ad 100. The 27 books can be grouped the following way: The four Gospels NT The Acts of the Apostles The letters of Paul God is faithful to his covenant in creating a The general letters community of John s visions believers a family of faith!. Tell participants that page 34 of the handouts is the schematic representation of the ten blocks. Feedback Ask participants how they have experienced this session. Close with prayer. Kobus Genis

14 The Bible Schematic representation. Pre-History The Patriarchs and Slavery Exodus and Conquest Judges The United Kingdom Genesis 1-11:9 Genesis 11:10-50 Exodus - Joshua Judges and Ruth 1&2 Samuel, 1Kings 1-11, 1. Creation. Job 1Chronicles Fall.? 2Chronicles 9, 3. Flood. Psalms, 4. Babel Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon Pre-History - Creation - Noah builds the Ark Abraham (-2166) Joseph (-1915 to ) Moses (-1526 to - ±1406) Promised Land Judges (-1375) Samuel Saul king 1050, David king Temple Egyptians discover papyrus and ink, first libraries Egyptians tame horses, bow and arrow used in warfare Egyptian document describes medical and surgical procedures First period of Chinese literature; intricate clock used in Egypt Labor strike in Thebes; first Chinese dictionary Destruction of Troy City of Peking built; glazing of bricks and tiles begin in the Near East. Divided Kingdom The Bible Schematic representation. Exile Return from Exile The 400 Silent Years New Testament Kings 12 2Kings 25; 2Chronicles 9-36; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. Elijah -875, Elisha -848, Jonah -793, Hosea -753, Isaiah -740, Jeremiah -627, Nineve destroyed -620, Daniel -605 Northern Tribes (Israel), break away. Southern Tribes = Judah End of Northern Kingdom (Israel) -722 Daniel en Ezekiel Prayer, confession and teaching from Scripture became focus of their worship End of Southern Kingdom (Judah), Jerusalem destroyed -586 The returning Exiles were called Jews for the first time. [Yehudi = Judah (Tribe of).] Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Temple complet ed -515 Ezra 7 en Nehemia -464 to -423 Esther Queen of Persia -515 Old Testament Apocrypha: 1 & 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judit, Additions to Daniel (1. The Prayer of Azariah Daniel 3 2. The Song of the Three Holy Children. 3. The story of Suzanna -Daniel Bel and the Dragon Daniel 14.) Additions to Esther, The prayer of Manasseh, The letter of Jeremiah, The Book of Baruch, The Wisdom of Joshua Ben-Sira, The Wisdom of Solomon, 1 & 2 Maccabees to to to to ± -6 Assyrians invent inflatable skins -900 First known date of Olympic Games Gautama Buddha born -563, Confucius born -551 Lock & key, water level & carpenters square Polo in Persia -525, Rome Republic -509, Indian surgeon performs the first cataract operation, origin of Halloween - 500, first time Greek men choose short haircuts, Parthenon Romans build first paved road -312, Hebrew O.T. translated to Greek -255, Great wall of China built -215, Julius Ceasar born -100, Rome conquers England -55, Cleopatra becomes Egyptian ruler -51 Kobus Genis

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