Enhance Your Study With Overview Articles on All 66 Books of the Bible
This year we completed a series of articles on each of the 66 books of the Bible. The background, outlines and other information can help you in getting the most out of each book.
After six years and contributions by 10 authors and a number of editors, we have finally published overview articles about each book of the Bible on the Life, Hope & Truth website.
Though many others were involved, the lion’s share of the writing was done by Andre van Belkum, a longtime pastor who currently serves congregations in New Zealand and the South Pacific. He contributed 41 of the articles.
Each article gives some background to the book as well as an outline of the book. These features add to the highlights of doctrine, inspiration, prophecy and Christian living woven through the articles.
This series and accompanying articles can give readers a good basic overview of the entire Bible.Though it wasn’t possible to give verse-by-verse commentary on most books, this series and accompanying articles can give readers a good basic overview of the entire Bible.
Of course, the articles are only intended as a launchpad for personal study, since the inspired Bible itself is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The apostle Paul adds that the Holy Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (verse 15).
If our articles can in any way help you connect with this priceless book, we will be happy.
The first and last
Here are excerpts from the first and last articles in this series:
“The first book of the Bible shows the beginning of earth, the beginning of man, the beginning of marriage, the beginning of the seven-day weekly cycle and the Sabbath, the beginning of sin and its consequences, the beginning of human government, the beginning of nations and the various languages, the beginning of the nation of Israel and so on” (from the article “Genesis” by Andre van Belkum).
“The last book of the Bible, Revelation, is also sometimes called the Apocalypse. The word comes from the Greek word apokalupsis, which is used in the first verse. This word means ‘disclosure’ or ‘revelation’ and conveys the idea of laying bare or uncovering. It is from this word that we get the English translation ‘Revelation.’ So the very name of the book means to ‘disclose,’ ‘lay bare’ or ‘reveal.’
“As part of Scripture, the book of Revelation was ‘given by inspiration of God’ (2 Timothy 3:16). Therefore, this book contains information God intends to disclose or reveal to humans, rather than conceal from us” (from the article “The Book of Revelation” by Paul Luecke).
Where to find the articles
These articles are located in the “Holy Bible” subsection of Life, Hope & Truth, but the most convenient way to access all 66 articles is through the new “Books of the Bible” page in the Learning Center.
Let us know if you have any comments, suggestions or questions.