Discovering the Old Testament - Third Book in the Foundations for Christian Ministry Series

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The good news about Jesus Christ has never been told apart from the message of the Old Testament. Indeed, we would not even know who “Christ” is without the messianic predictions given to the people of Israel.

Discovering the Old Testament is a foundational workbook for the person who wants to begin reading the Bible with some theological guidance. It also provides a basic introduction for further academic study of the Bible.

This book is a part of the Foundations for Christian Ministry (FCM) curriculum. FCM is a non-degree curriculum designed to train laypeople for Christian life and ministry, and can be undertaken as parish-based, small-group, or individual study. The purpose of FCM is to encourage and strengthen Christian formation, discipleship, and witness for all members of Christ’s body through study that is biblically sound and theologically orthodox.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Our Bearings - Biblical Theology, Inspiration, Revelation, and Canon
  2. Forming the Biblical Worldview - Genesis 1-11
  3. Promise and Deliverance - Genesis 12–50 and Exodus
  4. God Commanded Us a Law - Leviticus
  5. Consummating the Covenant - Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua
  6. Leadership in Crisis - Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel
  7. The Messianic Kingdom - 2 Samuel, 1 Kings
  8. Covenant Community Broken and Restored - 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
  9. The Prophet’s Two-Edged Word - Pre-Exilic Prophets
  10. The Kingdoms of the World and the Kingdom of God - Exilic and Post-Exilic Prophets
  11. Get Wisdom - Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
  12. Biblical Prayer and Praise - Psalms

About the Authors:

Stephen Noll joined the faculty of Trinity School for Ministry in 1979, serving for 21 years as Professor of Biblical Studies and Academic Dean. In 2000, he was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor (President) of Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda, where he served two terms, retiring in 2010. He continues to teach at Trinity as Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies.

Erika Moore is the Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Trinity School for Ministry. She coauthored The Psalms as Christian Worship (2010) and The Psalms as Christian Lament with Bruce Waltke and James Houston, and she is an expert on the prophet Ezekiel.