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Bible Overview

Old Testament Sampling

The following readings will give you a good overview of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).  These may be read concurrently with the New Testament Overview.  You will continue to see the harmony between the two testaments.  We suggest that, as you begin a new book, also read the book introductions (if your Bible contains them) and/or the book info from our Bible Book Study Guide.  We've also added an OT at a Glance Guide to give you a quick overview of the Old Testament.

Genesis 1-4 Creation; Fall of Man; Cain & Abel
Genesis 6-8 The Flood and the Rainbow
Genesis 11:1-9 Tower of Babel; the Languages
Genesis 12:1-9 Call of Abram (Abraham)
Genesis 15 Abrahamic Covenant
Genesis 19 Sodom & Gomorrah
Genesis 22:1-19 Abraham Tested
Genesis 25:19-34 Jacob & Esau
Genesis 27-28 Jacob’s Blessing & Dream at Bethel
Genesis 29:14-30 Jacob’s Wives
Genesis 32:22-32 Wrestling Match with God
Genesis 33 Jacob Meets Esau
Genesis 33 Joseph’s Dreams; Joseph Sold into Slavery
Genesis 39 Joseph & Potiphar’s Wife
Genesis 41 Pharaoh’s Dreams; Joseph’s Promotion
Genesis 42-45 Family Reunion
Genesis 50:15-26 Death of Joseph
Exodus 1-3 Birth of Moses; Burning Bush
Exodus 11-12 the Tenth Plague; The Passover; the Exodus
Exodus 13:17 - 14:31 Crossing the Red Sea
Exodus 19:1-8 Covenant Offered to Moses at Mt Sinai
Exodus 20 the Ten Commandments
Exodus 32 the Golden Calf
Leviticus 16 Day of Atonement (foreshadows Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross)
Leviticus 23 Feasts and Festivals (Jewish Holy Days)
Numbers 9 the Passover; the Cloud and Pillar of Fire
Numbers 11 Provisions in the Desert
Numbers 13-14 Scouting the Promised Land
Deuteronomy 6 the Shema (Hear O Israel)
Deuteronomy 8 - 9:1-6 Do Not Forget the Lord; Not Because of Israel’s Righteousness
Deuteronomy 28 Blessing and Curses
Deuteronomy 34 Death of Moses
Joshua 1-3 God’s Instructions to Joshua; Spies; Crossing the Jordan
Joshua 6-7 Walls of Jericho
Joshua 10:1-15 the Sun Stands Still
Joshua 23-24 Rest from War; the Covenant Renewed; Death of Joshua
Judges 6-7 Gideon
Judges 13 Birth of Samson
Judges 16 Samson and Delilah; Death of Samson
Job 1-2 Job’s Testing
Job 38-39 the Lord Speaks
Job 42 Restoration
1 Samuel 1:1-20 Birth of Samuel
1 Samuel 3 Call of Samuel
Psalms 1-2 Orphan Psalms
Psalms 8 the Creator
Psalms 19 Natural Revelation
1 Samuel 16 Samuel Anoints David
Psalm 23 Shepherd’s Song
1 Samuel 17 David and Goliath
1 Samuel 24 David Spares Saul’s Life
Psalms 37 Godly Wisdom; Justice to Prevail
2 Samuel 2:1-7 David Anointed King of Judah
2 Samuel 6-7 Celebration; God’s Promise to Build David a House
Psalms 103 God’s Love and Compassion for His People
Psalms 105 God’s Faithfulness thru History
Psalms 150 Praise the Lord
2 Samuel 11-12 David and Bathsheba; Nathan Rebukes David
Psalm 51 David’s Confession
Psalm 139 God Examines the Heart
1 Kings 1:29-40 David Makes Solomon King
1 Kings 2:1-12 Death of David
Psalms 84 Heavenly Dwelling
1 Kings 3 Solomon Asks for Wisdom
Proverbs 4 A Father’s Wise Advice
Proverbs 10, 13, 15 Solomon’s Wisdom
Ecclesiastes 3 A Time for Everything
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 The Conclusion of the Matter
1 Kings 8 Dedication of the Temple
1 Kings 12:1-24 the Nation Splits (the northern tribes usually referred to as Israel, the southern tribes as Judah, but sometimes Israel can refer to both nations)
1 Kings 17-18 Elijah and the Widow; Battle of the Gods
2 Kings 2:1-14 Chariot of Fire
2 Kings 6:1-23 an Army of the Heavenly Hosts
Micah 6 the Lord’s Case Against Israel
2 Kings 17 Exile of Israel (Northern Tribes)
Hosea 1, 3 What it’s Like to Be God
Joel 2 Day of the lord
Jonah 1-3 a Fish Story; God’s Concern for All Nations
Isaiah 6 Call and Commission of Isaiah
Isaiah 25 Praise to the Lord
2 Chronicles 32 God Saves Jerusalem; Hezekiah
Jeremiah 2 Judah Forsakes God
Jeremiah 15 Angry and Just God
Jeremiah 23:1-8 the Righteous Branch
Jeremiah 15 Angry and Just God
Jeremiah 31 Future Restoration of Israel (Israel and Judah)
Zechariah 8 Future Restoration of Israel (Israel and Judah)
Habakkuk 1:1-11 Debate with God
2 Chronicles 36:15-23 Fall of Jerusalem; Proclamation to Return
Ezekiel 1-3 the Nation in Exile; Ezekiel’s Call and Visions
Ezekiel 37 Resurrection of Israel Prophesized
Daniel 1-3 Exiled in Babylon; a Dream; the Fiery Furnace
Daniel 6 the Lion’s Den
Ezra 1 Return to Jerusalem
Ezra 3 Rebuilding the Temple
Nehemiah 1 Nehemiah’s Prayer
Nehemiah 8 Ezra Reads the Law
Malachi 4 the Day of the Lord
Isaiah 40 Comfort for God’s People
Isaiah 9:1-7 To Us a Child is Born
Isaiah 11:11-12 Branch from Jesse (David’s Father); Song of Praise
Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 the Suffering and Glory of the Servant
Isaiah 55 Invitation to the Thirsty

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New Testament Overview

The following readings will give you a good overview of the New Testament.  We suggest that, as you begin a new book, also read the book introductions (if your Bible contains them) and/or the book info from our Bible Book Study Guide. We've also added an NT at a Glance Guide to give you a quick overview of the New Testament.

Luke 1-2 Birth of John the Baptist; Birth of Jesus
John 1:1-18 The Word (Jesus) Becomes Flesh
Mark 1-5 Jesus’ Miracles; the Twelve Apostles; Parables
John 3 Ye Must Be Born Again
Matthew 5-7 Sermon on the Mount
Mark 6 Jesus Sends out Apostles & Walks on Water
Matthew 13 Parables
Matthew 18 Parables
Luke 12 Parables; Do Not Worry; Watchfulness
Luke 15-16 Parables; the Lost Son; the Shrewd Manager, Rich Man in Hell
Luke 18 Parables
John 6 Bread of Life
John 10 the Shepherd and His Flock
Mark 8-9 Peter’s Confession; Jesus Predicts His Death; the Transfiguration;
Mark 11-13 Triumphal Entry; Parables; Signs of the End
Matthew 25 the Ten Virgins; the Sheep and the Goats
John 14-16 Final Teaching to the Apostles; Promise of the Holy Spirit
John 17 the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus
Matthew 26-28 Peter’s Denial; Jesus Betrayed and Arrested; Trial and Death of Jesus; Resurrection; the Great Commission
John 20-21 Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances; Jesus Reinstates Peter
Luke 24 Jesus Appears to Disciples; the Ascension
Acts 1:1-11 the Ascension
Acts 2 Pentecost; Peter’s Sermon
Acts 4:1-22 Peter and John before the Sanhedrin
Acts 5:17-42 the Apostles Persecuted
Acts 7 - 8:1 Stephen’s Speech (great summary of Israel’s history); Stoning of Stephen the first Christian Martyr
Acts 9:1-31 Saul’s Conversion
Acts 10 Peter and the Gentiles
Acts 12:1-17 Peter’s Escape from Prison
Acts 15:1-35 Council at Jerusalem
Acts 16:16-40 Paul and Silas in Prison
Acts 17-18 Paul’s Missionary Journeys
Acts 25-28 Paul’s Arrest, Trials and Travel to Rome
Galatians 2-3 Paul Accepted by the Apostles; the law and Legalism
Philippians 2 Imitating Christ’s Humility
Colossians 1 the Supremacy of Christ
Romans 1:18 - 2:16 God’s Wrath and Judgment
Romans 3 No One Righteous; Only by Faith
Romans 5 Justified by Faith
Romans 6-8 Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ; Struggles with Sin; Life thru the Spirit
Romans 12-13 Practical Advice
1 Corinthians 1:18 - 2:16 Wisdom of God vs Wisdom of Man
1 Corinthians 13 Paul’s Description of Love
1 Corinthians 15 the Resurrections
2 Corinthians 5 Our Heavenly Dwelling; Ministry of Reconciliation
Ephesians 2 Alive in Christ;
Ephesians 6:10-20 the Armor of God
1 Thessalonians 4 Living to Please God; the Coming of the Lord
1 Timothy 1 Warnings Against False Teachers; the Lord’s Grace
1 Timothy 4 Instructions to a Young Preacher
2 Timothy 2-3 Paul’s Final Instructions to Timothy
Philippians 3 Pressing Toward the Goal
Hebrews 1 the Superiority of Christ
Hebrews 2 Jesus made Like Us
Hebrews 4:14-16 Jesus - Our Great High Priest
Hebrews 10 Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All (Fulfillment of OT sacrificial system)
Hebrews 11 Faith Hall of Fame
Hebrews 12 Discipline and Warnings
James 1 Walk the Walk
James 4 Submit to God; Boasting
1 Peter 1 a Living Hope; Be Holy
2 Peter 1 Being Productive; Prophecy of Scripture
2 Peter 3 Day of the Lord
Jude Contend for the Faith
1 John 1 Walking in the Light
1 John 3-4 Children of God; Love One Another
Revelation 1 Like a Son of Man
Revelation 2-3 Letters to the Churches
Revelation 4-5 the Throne in Heaven; Worthiness of the lamb (Jesus)
Revelation 12 Woman and the Dragon
Revelation 20 Satan’s Doom; Final Judgment
Revelation 21-22 the New Jerusalem; the River of Life; Jesus is Coming

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