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We can know the words of the Old Testament Part 1

Establish the need: Have you hear people say things like the Bible that has existed for thousands of years and you can’t believe the words as coming from God since it has been changed over time?

Purpose: In this session we shall consider definitions and then reasons why we can believe why we can know the actual words of the Old Testament so that we will have faith in God’s Word being God’s Word.

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I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the twelfth book of the Minor Prophets: Malachi.

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Malachi so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the eleventh book of the Minor Prophets: Zechariah.

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Zechariah so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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Barry G. Webb.  Five Festal Garments.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, March 26th, 2001.  151 pp.

5 out of 5

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This book is on a Christian examination of five books in the Old Testament that are most neglected in the Bible: The Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther.  If you want to learn more about these five books and gain rich insights on them then this volume is worth getting.  This work is a part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series edited by D.A. Carson.  Personally it was the second title in the series that I read which I looked forward to with much anticipation since the first book I read Adopted into God’s Family left a strong impression.  Five Festal Garments didn’t disappoint.  In fact it exceeded my expectation!

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I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the tenth book of the Minor Prophets: Haggai

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Haggai so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the ninth book of the Minor Prophets: Zephaniah.

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Zephaniah so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the eighth book of the Minor Prophets: Habakkuk.

 

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Habakkuk so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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Note: I am presently away overseas and this is a pre-scheduled post.

I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the seventh book of the Minor Prophets: Nahum.

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Nahum so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the sixth book of the Minor Prophets: Micah.

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Micah so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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Here’s a sample of what I’m preparing to teach overseas in the Spring.  What follows below is a survey of the book of Daniel.

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Iain Duguid. Is Jesus in the Old Testament?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 4, 2013. 40 pp.

5 out of 5

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I really enjoyed this booklet that is a part of the Basics of the Faith series printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  This is the sixth booklet that I read from the series and I read it along with my wife as our couple’s devotional reading together.  I was blessed by this beyond my expectation in comparison to the other booklets in the series I have read thus far.

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For more of our posts responding to alleged Bible contradictions check out our .

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Zechariah Iddo’s son or grandson?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Zechariah was Iddo’s son.

When the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them,” (Ezra 5:1)

And the elders of the Jews were successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they finished building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decree of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” (Ezra 6:14)

Zechariah was Iddo’s grandson.

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo saying,” (Zechariah 1:1)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Christopher J.H. Wright.  Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 5th, 2006.  159 pp.

5 out of 5

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This was a good exploration of the topic of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament.  It is definitely the most thorough book-length treatment of the Spirit in the Old Testament I have come across.  In the preface the author Christopher Wright mentioned that when he was first approached to speak on a five part series on the Spirit in the Old Testament he wondered at first if there was even enough materials for one talk, let alone five.  But Wright was in for a pleasant surprised when he started his studies to discover “far more than my first impressions” (9).  This book is the result of his 2004 lectures.

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Andrew T. Le Peau. Mark: Through Old Testament Eyes.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, September 27th 2017. 352 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is a wonderful commentary.  It is one that I would recommend every Pastor and Bible teachers have as one of their resources while they are teaching through the Book of Mark.  I do believe it is an indispensable tool.  I know there are many Bible commentaries out and no doubt someone would ask me why this commentary.  “Why one more new one when there are so many that have been written already?”  I think this commentary is unique and helpful by providing a concentrated focus look at Mark “through Old Testament eyes,” which is the book’s subtitle.  What that means is that this commentary interprets the Book of Mark according to the Old Testament content which clearly Mark would have assumed the readers would have been familiar with.  Unfortunately today many Christians are less familiar with the Old Testament than Christians in previous generations.  And the insights that this commentary points out with the Old Testament is a treasure trove that makes this worth every spent getting it.

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Yesterday I posted “Videos: Introduction to Biblical Theology With Thomas Schreiner” and a comment from Bruce was about what I thought of the lectures.  I personally thought the Seminary gave Dr. Thomas Schreiner a tall order: Surveying the whole Bible in about 15 hours or so.  I also commented to Bruce that it is not easy to do a survey of the whole Bible.

It made me think tangent to another series.  The following audio messages and links to the PDF below is a survey of only the first five books in the Bible.  The first five books of the Bible is often known as the Law of Moses or the Pentateuch.

I share these even though it is by a “no name” preacher is because I enjoy surveys of books in the Bible that work to connect each book to the greater story line and redemptive history.  The end of each message tries to connect to the flow of God’s promise plan.  Of course connecting it to the flow of the Canon of Scripture allows us to walk to Jesus.

Enjoy the messages!

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