Basic Bible SurveyPart OneOld TestamentHARVESTIME INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTEThis course is part of the Harvestime International Institute, a program designed to equipbelievers for effective spiritual harvest.The basic theme of the training is to teach what Jesus taught, that which took men who werefishermen, tax collectors, etc., and changed them into reproductive Christians who reached theirworld with the Gospel in a demonstration of power.This manual is a single course in one of several modules of curriculum which moves believersfrom visualizing through deputizing, multiplying, organizing, and mobilizing to achieve the goalof evangelizing. Harvestime International Institutehttp://www.harvestime.org0


TABLE OF CONTENTSHow To Use This Manual.Suggestions For Group StudyCourse Introduction .Course Objectives.4567.8203844INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE1.2.3.4.Introducing The Bible.The Books Of The Bible .Versions Of The Bible .An Introduction To Outlining.THE OLD TESTAMENTIntroduction To The Books Of Law .495. To The Books Of 106110115Genesis .Exodus .Leviticus .Numbers .Deuteronomy.Joshua.Judges.Ruth.I and II Samuel .I and II Kings.I and II ChroniclesEzra.Nehemiah .Esther.2

Introduction To The Books Of on To The Books Of . .Proverbs .Ecclesiastes.Song of Solomon .Isaiah.Jeremiah .LamentationsEzekiel .Daniel.Hosea.Joel.Amos.Obadiah .Jonah.Micah.Nahum .HabakkukZephaniah .Haggai .Zechariah .Malachi 16Answers To Self-Tests.2203

HOW TO USE THIS MANUALMANUAL FORMATEach lesson consists of:Objectives: These are the goals you should achieve by studying the chapter. Read them beforestarting the lesson.Key Verse: This verse emphasizes the main concept of the chapter. Memorize it.Chapter Content: Study each section. Use your Bible to look up any references not printed inthe manual.Self-Test: Take this test after you finish studying the chapter. Try to answer the questionswithout using your Bible or this manual. When you have concluded the Self-Test, check youranswers in the answer section provided at the end of the book.For Further Study: This section will help you continue your study of the Word of God,improve your study skills, and apply what you have learned to your life and ministry.Final Examination: If you are enrolled in this course for credit, you received a finalexamination along with this course. Upon conclusion of this course, you should complete thisexamination and return it for grading as instructed.ADDITIONAL MATERIALS NEEDEDYou will need a King James version of the Bible.4

SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUP STUDYFIRST MEETINGOpening: Open with prayer and introductions. Get acquainted and register the students.Establish Group Procedures: Determine who will lead the meetings, the time, place, and datesfor the sessions.Praise And Worship: Invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into your training session.Distribute Manuals To Students: Introduce the manual title, format, and course objectivesprovided in the first few pages of the manual.Make The First Assignment: Students will read the chapters assigned and take the Self-Testsprior to the next meeting. The number of chapters you cover per meeting will depend on chapterlength, content, and the abilities of your group.SECOND AND FOLLOWING MEETINGSOpening: Pray. Welcome and register any new students and give them a manual. Takeattendance. Have a time of praise and worship.Review: Present a brief summary of what you studied at the last meeting.Lesson: Discuss each section of the chapter using the HEADINGS IN CAPITAL BOLDFACED LETTERS as a teaching outline. Ask students for questions or comments on what theyhave studied. Apply the lesson to the lives and ministries of your students.Self-Test: Review the Self-Tests students have completed. (Note: If you do not want thestudents to have access to the answers to the Self-Tests, you may remove the answer pages fromthe back of each manual.)For Further Study: You may do these projects on a group or individual basis.Final Examination: If your group is enrolled in this course for credit, you received a finalexamination with this course. Reproduce a copy for each student and administer the exam uponconclusion of this course.5

Module:Course:DeputizingBasic Bible Survey ICOURSE INTRODUCTIONThe many references to the Old Testament by Jesus during His earthly ministry illustrate theimportance He placed on knowing the content of the Scriptures. Because Jesus stressed theimportance of God's Word to the men He trained, Harvestime International Institute presents"Basic Bible Survey" as part of its training program to equip men and women to reach theirnations with God's message."Basic Bible Survey" introduces the Bible and discusses its translations and various versions. Itpresents an overview of Biblical history, geography, and life in Bible times. The course providesan outline for each book of the Bible and teaches outlining skills for expanding these basicoutlines into more detailed studies of God's Word.Information presented on each Bible book includes the author, the people to whom the book waswritten, the purpose of the book, the key verse, a list of main characters, and an outline of thecontent. A life and ministry principle is also stated for each book. These principles are basictruths vital to Christian maturity and ministry which you should seek to incorporate into yourown life. Helpful charts, maps, and time lines summarizing important facts in condensed formare also included in this course.The course is divided into two parts:Part One: Provides introductory material on the Bible and outlines for the books of the OldTestament.Part Two: Provides outlines for the books of the New Testament."Basic Bible Survey" is a companion course of "Creative Bible Study Methods" which teachesvarious ways to study the Bible. Both courses are designed to enrich your personal study ofGod's Word.** Since each Harvestime International Institute course is designed to be complete in itself, it was necessary to repeatsome introductory material from "Creative Bible Study Methods." Three of the introductory chapters are similar inboth courses.6

COURSE OBJECTIVESUpon completion of this course you will be able to: Identify basic divisions of the Bible. Explain the difference between versions, translations, and paraphrased editions of theBible. Describe everyday life in Bible times. Summarize the chronology of the Bible. Create and expand outlines. For each book in the Bible state the following:-Author-To whom the book was written-When it was written-Purpose of the book-Key Verse-Life and Ministry Principle Continue with a more detailed study of God's Word upon completion of this course.7

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLECHAPTER ONEINTRODUCING THE BIBLEOBJECTIVES:Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to: Write the Key Verse from memory.Define the word "Bible."Define the word "Scripture."Explain the origin of the Bible.Identify the major purposes of the Bible.Identify the Old and New Testaments as the two major divisions of the Bible.Name the four divisions of Old Testament books.Name the four divisions of New Testament books.Explain what is meant by the "unity and diversity" of the Bible.Identify the person upon whom the revelation of both testaments center.KEY VERSES:All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all goodworks. (II Timothy 3:16-17)INTRODUCTIONThis chapter introduces the Bible which is the written Word of the one true God. The word"Bible" means "the books." The Bible is one volume which consists of 66 separate books.The word "Scripture" is also used to refer to God's Word. This word comes from a Latin wordwhich means "writing." When the word "Scripture" is used with a capital "S" it means the sacredwritings of the one true God. The word "Bible" is not used in the Bible. It is a word selected bymen as a title for all of God's Words.8

ORIGIN OF THE BIBLEThe Bible is the written Word of God. He inspired the words in the Bible and usedapproximately 40 different men to write down His words. These men wrote over a period of1500 years. The perfect agreement of these writers is one proof that they were all guided by asingle author. That author was God.Some of the writers wrote down exactly what God said:Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spokenunto thee against Israel . . . (Jeremiah 36:2)Other writers wrote what they experienced or what God revealed concerning the future:Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and thethings which shall be hereafter. (Revelation 1:19)All of the writers wrote under God's inspiration the words of His message for us.THE PURPOSE OF THE BIBLEThe Bible itself records its main purpose:All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all goodworks. (II Timothy 3:16-17)The Scriptures are to be used to teach doctrine, to reprove and correct from evil, and to teachrighteousness. They will help you live right and equip you to work for God.MAJOR DIVISIONSThe Bible is divided into two major sections called the Old Testament and the New Testament.The word "testament" means covenant. A covenant is an agreement. The Old Testament recordsGod's original covenant or agreement with man. The New Testament records the new covenantmade by God through His Son, Jesus Christ.What was the subject of these two agreements? They both concerned restoring sinful man toright relationship with God. God made a law that sin can only be forgiven through the sheddingof blood:9

. . . without shedding of blood is no remission (forgiveness). (Hebrews 9:22)Under God's agreement in the Old Testament, blood sacrifices of animals were made by man toobtain forgiveness for sin. This was a symbol of the blood sacrifice Jesus Christ would provideunder the new agreement with God. Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, afinal sacrifice for sin was made:But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and moreperfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood he entered in onceinto the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling theunclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offeredHimself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve theliving God?And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death,for the redemption the transgressions that were under the first testament, theywhich are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.(Hebrews 9:11-15)Both testaments are the Word of God and we must study both in order to understand God'smessage. The terms "old" and "new" testaments are used to distinguish between God'sagreement with man before and after the death of Jesus Christ. We do not disregard the OldTestament simply because it is called "old."FURTHER DIVISIONSThe Bible is further divided into 66 books. The Old Testament has 39 books. The NewTestament contains 27 books. Each book is divided into chapters and verses. Although thecontent of each book is the Word of God, the division into chapters and verses was made byman. to make it easy to locate specific passages. It would be very difficult to find a passage ifthe books were all one long paragraph.Here is a simple diagram that shows the basic divisions of the Bible:10

THE BIBLE Old Testament39 Books New Testament27 BooksUNITY OF THE BIBLEWhen we speak of the unity of the Bible, we mean two things:ONE: THE BIBLE IS UNITED IN CONTENT:Even though the Bible was written by many writers over many years, there are no contradictions.One author does not contradict any of the others.The Bible includes discussion of hundreds of controversial subjects. (A controversial subject isone that creates different opinions when mentioned). Yet the writers of the Bible spoke on suchsubjects with harmony from the first book of Genesis through the last book of Revelation. Thiswas possible because there was really only one author: God. The writers only recorded themessage under His direction and inspiration. For this reason, the content of the Bible is united.TWO: THE BIBLE IS UNITED IN THEME:Some people think the Bible is a collection of 66 separate books on different subjects. They donot realize that the Bible is united by a major theme. From beginning to end, the Bible revealsGod's special purpose which is summarized in the book of Ephesians:Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His goodpleasure which He hath purposed in Himself;That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together inone all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;even in Him;In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinatedaccording to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after