The Promise and the Blessing
The Bible is a collection of writings that together tell a unified story. But exactly how do all the pieces fit together? In a single volume, THE PROMISE AND THE BLESSING connects the dots of the Old and New...
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The Bible is a collection of writings that together tell a unified story. But exactly how do all the pieces fit together?
In a single volume, THE PROMISE AND THE BLESSING connects the dots of the Old and New Testament books to reveal the big picture of salvation history. Organized chronologically rather than canonically, this book traces the flow of Israel's history and shows how the New Testament proceeds out of the Old. It begins with God's creation of the cosmos and the initial problem of the fall of man. Then it traces God's solutions to that problem as he selects first one man, Abraham, then his line, and then the nation of Israel to provide the Messiah. Finally, it focuses on the Messiah himself and looks at how the gospel of Jesus was spread throughout the known world.
THE PROMISE AND THE BLESSING is easy to use and ideal for anyone who wants to understand the grand narrative of the Bible. It features numerous beautiful, full-colour photos, as well as sidebars and brief, fascinating 'breakouts' of supplementary information. Maps, illustrations, summaries, and insightful notes help to illuminate the text.
Field-tested in the classroom, THE PROMISE AND THE BLESSING is designed for Old and New Testament survey classes and will provide all readers of the Bible with a better understanding of how the drama that began in Eden winds through Israel's history to its fulfilment in Jesus Christ.
28 Chapters Divided Into Two Parts: The Promise The Blessing
The Promise and the Blessing Copyright 2005 by Michael Harbin Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Cataloging-in-Publication Data available from the Library of Congress ISBN-10: 0-310-24037-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-24037-2 This edition printed on acid-free paper. Permissions and credits for photographs and other materials in this book are listed on pages 607-8, which hereby become a part of this copyright page. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked KJV are from the King James Version of the Bible. Scripture quotations marked NASB are from the New American Standard Bible, copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked NRSV are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Sherri L. Hoffman Composition by Sherri L. Hoffman and Tracey Walker Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?CTP/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 INTRODUCTION ? 27 STUDY GOALS ? Show the basic differences between the "traditional" and "modern" ways of understanding the Bible. ? Propose the method of understanding that will be used in this book. ? Give a brief overview of the value and limitations of archaeology. ? Show the importance of written records. This introductory chapter describes the two basic schools of biblical interpretation. We then examine what our approach should be and address the role of archaeology in our understanding of biblical history. Introduction OVERVIEW There are a number of ways to study the Bible. We could work our way through it book by book.We could take a thematic approach by following key themes, such as prophecy or salvation or love, through both the OT and the NT.We could look at major sections, such as the Pentateuch or the prophetic literature or the Gospels. Each of these approaches is profitable. In this book, which presents an overview, we will take a historical approach. That is, we will follow the sequence of historical events portrayed in the Bible, looking at the various biblical books within that context. In the process, we will try to understand each book as it may have been understood by its original audience. We use this method for several reasons. The Bible was certainly written within a historical context as God dealt with individuals and groups. Some books are records of events written shortly after the events occurred; Joshua and Philemon, for example, seem to fit into this category.Other books, such as 1-2 Chronicles, cover longer periods of time, even drawing on a number of sources. Still others are not historical at all, such as Psalms and Proverbs; however, even though these works are collections of material written at various stages, we can find convenient slots in our survey to pause and note how that material fits in the historical sequence. HOW SHOULD I INTERPRET THE BIBLE? There are two basic approaches to understanding the Bible that divide the entire field. Because these approaches differ dras
Michael Harbin (ThD and ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the chair of the biblical studies, Christian education, and philosophy department at Taylor University. The author of To Serve Other Gods, Michael lives in Upland, Indiana.
- Contents In Brief
- List Of Maps And Charts...19
- Part One: The Promise
- 1. The Origin Of The Bible...43
- 2. This Is The Way The World Was...57
- 3. Why The World Is Such A Mess...69
- 4. Abraham And Son(s)...87
- 5. Jacob And His Tribes...103
- 6. Let My People Go!..121
- 7. Making A Nation Out Of A Mob...139
- 8. Just A-lookin' For A Home...157
- 9. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho---and Hazor Too...177
- 10. The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times...195
- 11. Give Us A King Like The Rest Of The Nations...213
- 12. A Kingdom United...231
- 13. The Failure Of The North...255
- 14. The Roller-coaster South...283
- 15. The Nation In Exile...315
- 16. Home Again...331
- Part Two: The Blessing
- 17. Bridges To The New Testament...349
- 18. Who Is Jesus The Messiah?...373
- 19. An Empty Tomb...399
- 20. The First Church Was Jewish...429
- 21. Reaching Out To Gentiles...447
- 22. What About The Gentiles?...463
- 23. Moving Into Europe...477
- 24. Tentmaker And Troubleshooter...493
- 25. The Road To Rome...511
- 26. Rome And Beyond...533
- 27. The End Of The Apostolic Age...551
- 28. But What About John?...573
- Credits And Permissions...607