(Pic) Dietrich Bonhoeffer
with his students (1939)

Old Testament Survey

*Please make sure you have already watched sessions 1-10:


Please watch the below video as a compliment to the above presentation on the importance of every book of the Bible including the very first book Genesis:

Much has already been discussed concerning the introduction to the bible tab on this topic (please make sure you have read through that tab completely before coming to this one). As was said there, there is simply no way to cover the entire Old and New Testaments in any great detail in a short time but the above video as well as your assigned readings (the very short 100 page book I wrote) covers a snap shot of the Old and New Testaments and you should have already read. Also as discussed the J. Vernon McGee thru the Bible series would provide great additional detail; the point being to read the Bible and seek to understand the Old and New Testaments on your own personal study as well as group/church study. All we seek to do here is provide you with a 101 level understanding. Please watch the above video presentations (once one is done it will lead into the next one and get your the complete book discussed "Old Testament Survey" - just be careful that there are many Old/New Testament survey books/courses out there that falsify much information and that is why I specifically recommended these specifically as I have went through each one of the Old and New Testament Survey books discussed in earlier tabs).

Please keep in mind NOT to get overwhelmed by any of the study questions/quizes! We will work through each of these before going on to the next topic so don't worry if you do not know the answer; we will work thru it together. In other words power thru it as you watch some of the videos and read the materials and we will get through all of this together! (There are not fails here. ;o)

Congratulations on making it to lesson 4!!! Now please answer the below 65 questions and send to us for grading and final analysis and proceed to the next lesson. Thanks again and God Bless!

Quiz Four:


1.) The book of Genesis is the book that tells the story of:
      The Creation, Cain and Abel and Noah and the Ark.
      The tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
      Joseph in Egypt.
      All of the above.

2.) The book of Exodus tells the story of:
      The reign of Joseph in Egypt.
      Moses and the Israelites coming out of Egypt.
      The building of Solomon's temple.
      All of the above.

3.) The first five books of the Bible are called:
      The Pentagon.
      The Pentateuch.
      The Menorah.
      The Memorandum.

4.) In the book of Joshua, how long did God lead the children of Israel around in the wilderness before the walls of Jericho fell down?
      Forty years.
      Forty months.
      Forty weeks.
      He didn't.

5.) In the book of Judges, there is one judge who is a woman. What was her name?

6.) The books of Samuel tell the story of Samuel and which two kings of Israel?
      Saul and David.
      Adonijah and Solomon.
      Amnon and Chileab.
      Amasa and Rehoboam.

7.) The first book of the Kings opens with one of David's sons claiming the throne of his father. Who was it?

8.) The book of Ezra, Cyrus, the king of Persia wrote a letter allowing....
      the Persians to kill every firstborn Jew.
      the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.
      the Jews to have four days each year for the feast of Purim.
      Daniel and his three friends to not eat meat at the king's table.

9.) After the book of Nehemiah (which is the story of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem) there is a book named after the queen who saved her people from being slaughtered. Who was she?
      The queen of Sheba.

10.) The book of Job tells the story of God's faithfulness in the time of Job's suffering. How many friends came to visit Job in his time of distress?

11.) Which king is named in Psalms, Proverbs, and the Song of Solomon?

12.) What was the good news that the Old Testament prophets told of?
      The Messiah would come.
      The people would be released from slavery.
      The oppressors of Israel would be killed.
      All of the above.

The TORAH - The First Five Books of the Bible

13.) Why does Cain kill his brother Abel? How does the account of the Tower of Babel serve as a climax of the avalanche of sin in Genesis 3-11? How does this unit end on a note of hope?

14) How does Jacob steal his brother Esau's inheritence?

15) How many sons does Jacob have?

16) What was Jacob's alternate or "new" name?

17) From what catasrophe does Joseph save Egypt?

18) How does God first appear to Moses?

19) How does God feed the Hebrews in the desert following the Exodus from Egypt?

20) What are the tablets given to Moses from God on Mt Sinai? What do these tablets say on them?

21) Why does Moses break the first tablets given to him?

22) Why does God curse the Hebrews to wander in the dessert for 40 years?

23) What do Moses and Joshua forbid the Hebrews/Israelites to do in the promised land?

24) What is the Tabernacle and why is it important?

25) What is the Ark of the Covenant and why is it important?

26) What is the meaning of Pentateuch? What Hebrew term is used for these books?

27) What does Leviticus seek to accomplish?

28) What portion of Israel's history is found in Numbers?

29) What is the basic content of Deuteronomy?

30) Bonus Question: What is the focus of each of the following: source criticism, redaction criticism; tradition criticism; canonical criticism; and literary criticism?

31) Distinquish the two main categories of sacrifices mentioned in Leviticus.

32) In his first speech (Deuteronomy 1:6-4:43) what does Moses illustrate in the sruvey of Israel's recent past?

33) What new situation is addressed in Deuteronomy 12-26? How do the Ten Commandments provide a structure to the laws of Deuteronomy 12-26?

HISTORICAL BOOKS (starting with Joshua)

34) Approximately how much time is covered by the historical books? What is the theological value of the historical books?

35) How are historical facts important to the theology of the historical books?

36) What are the major themes of the Book of Joshua?

37) How do you understand what appears to be genocide that occured during Joshua's military campaigns?

38) What is the time period coverd by the books of Judges and Ruth?

39) Who were the six major judges? Who were the six minor judges?

40) How is the political situation of Israel best described during this period? Do you see the Judges (or governors) eventually being replaced by the Kingship of Saul? Please explain:

41) Describe the reasons behidn the beginning of Israel's monarchy in 1 Samuel. Why did the people want a king, and why was Saul chosen? Overall, do you think Saul was a good choice? Why or why not?

42) Describe the events (2 Samuel) that led to David's ultimate victory over Saul's house and how David's monarchy came to be.

43) How did David's sin with Bathsheba lead to serious consequences in his life and reign?

44) How much time is covered by 1-2 Kings? What is the overall thems of these works?

45) How did the role of prophet begin to emerge during the time of 1 and 2 Kings?

46) What is the importance of Elisha's ministry as portrayed in 2 Kings?

47) Briefly describe the ideological conflict between Baalism and the worship of God as found in 2 Kings.

48) How are the major themese of 1-2 Chronicles and how are they different than that of 1-2 Kings?

49) What time period of time is covered in teh Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther? What are some of the important themes of these books?

Poetical Books of the Bible

50) What are some of the common characteristics of Hebrew poetry? How does biblical poetry differ from much of modern poetry?

51) What are the difficult questions of life addressed in Job? What aspects of God's character are challenged by the presence of evil in the world? What is the central message of the book of Job to you?

52) What are the Pslams and Proverbs?

53) What type of outlook on life does Ecclesiastes reflect? What is this book's purpose and what are your own reflections upon it?

The Prophets

54) Describe (in your own words) the historical and spiritual circumstances that led to the rise of classical prophecy. Why were the prophets an essential part of God's plan for his people?

55) What are some of the characteristics that all prophets shared?

56) What are some of the common themes of biblical prophecy?

57) What three major empires formed the historical backdrop for the classical prophets? Describe the basic characteristics of each.

58) Who was Isaiah?

59) Who was Jeremiah?

60) Who was Ezekiel?

61) What was Daniel?

62) Who were the minor prophets (though they were no more minor than any others)? Give a brief description of each in your own words. In what years (approximately) does the Old Testatment prophets end?

63) BONUS QUESTIONS (the next three): The Old Testament has no clearly stated completion or end; instead it ends in expectation, awaiting a fuller revelation to usher in a new kingdom and its Messiah. Though the book of Maccabees (click to read) is not part of the Old Testament it does provide a very good understanding of the history of Israel between the last prophets until Jesus and the New Testament (approx 400 BC to 1 AD). What is the book of Maccabees about in a nutshell?

64) How are we introduced to the Jewish groups of the Pharisees and Sadducees during this time period?

65) How does the Greek kingdom left by Alexander the Great and later that of Rome introduced during this time period? Why is it important?

CONGRATULATIONS!!! The OT Survey portion is not complete! Just email me your responses (copy/paste) and we will work through your answers. Like I said - don't feel bad if you simply do not know some of these answers (there are many scholars who would not); we will work through any and all areas you are not sure of and once this is completed we will move on to the next section. GREAT job so far in making it this far! May God bless our efforts and bring about his own understanding by His Spirit in Christ's name - Amen. :o)

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