Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

Discover the Hebrew Bible in its original order. Get an overview of the TaNaK, a three-part collection of scrolls with one epic storyline.

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Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project
  • Genesis Part 1 | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on Genesis 1-11, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Genesis, God makes a good world and commissions humans to rule it, and then they give in to evil and ruin everything.

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  • Genesis Part 2 | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on Genesis 12-50, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Genesis, God promises to bless rebellious humanity through the family of Abraham, despite their constant failure and folly.

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  • Exodus Part 1 | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on Exodus 1-18, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Exodus, God rescues the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and confronts the evil and injustice of Pharaoh.

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  • Exodus Part 2 | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on Exodus 19-40, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Exodus, God invites the Israelites into a covenant and comes to live among them in the Tabernacle, but Israel rebels and ruins the relationship.

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  • Leviticus | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Leviticus, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Leviticus, Israel’s holy God invites them to live in His presence despite their sin, through a series of rituals and sacred institutions.

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  • Numbers | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Numbers, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Numbers, Israel travels through the wilderness on the way to the land promised to Abraham. Their repeated rebellion is met by God’s justice and mercy.

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  • Deuteronomy | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Deuteronomy, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Deuteronomy, Moses gives final words of wisdom and warning before the Israelites enter the promised land, challenging them to be faithful to God.

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  • Joshua | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Joshua, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Joshua, after Moses' death, Joshua leads Israel and they settle in the promised land currently occupied by Canaanites.

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  • Judges | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Judges, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Judges, the Israelites turn away from God and face the consequences. God raises judges in cycles of rebellion, repentance, and restoration.

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  • Ruth | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Ruth, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Ruth, an Israelite family faces tragic loss, and God uses the faithfulness of a non-Israelite woman to bring restoration into the family of David.

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  • 1 Samuel | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of 1 Samuel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In 1 Samuel, God reluctantly raises up kings to rule the Israelites. The first is a failure, and the second, David, is a faithful replacement.

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  • 2 Samuel | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of 2 Samuel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In 2 Samuel, David becomes God's most faithful king, but then rebels, resulting in the slow destruction of his family and kingdom.

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  • 1 & 2 Kings | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the books of 1-2 Kings, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Kings, David’s son Solomon leads Israel to greatness, only to fail and lead Israel to a civil war and ultimately towards destruction and exile.

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  • Chronicles | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the books of 1-2 Chronicles, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Chronicles retells the entire Old Testament story, highlighting the future hope of the messianic king and a restored temple.

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  • Ezra-Nehemiah | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the prophetic books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which breaks down the literary design of each book's flow of thought. In these books, many Israelites return to Jerusalem after the exile and face some success alongside many spiritual and moral failures.

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  • Esther | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch the Bible Project's overview video on the book of Esther, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Esther, God providentially uses two exiled Israelites to rescue His people from certain doom, without any explicit mention of God or His activity.

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  • Job | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Job, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Job explores the difficult question of God's relationship to human suffering and invites us to trust God's wisdom and character.

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  • Psalms | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Psalms, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The book of Psalms has been designed to be the prayer book of God's people as they wait for the Messiah and his coming kingdom.

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  • Proverbs | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Proverbs, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The book of Proverbs invites people to live with wisdom and in the fear of the Lord in order to experience the good life.

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  • Ecclesiastes | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Ecclesiastes, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This book forces us to face death and random chance, and the challenges they pose to a naïve belief in God’s goodness.

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  • Song of Songs | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Song of Songs, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The Song of Songs is a collection of ancient Israelite love poems that celebrate the beauty and power of God's gift of love and sexual desire.

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  • Isaiah Part 1 | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the first 39 chapters of the book of Isaiah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Isaiah announces that God’s judgment will purify Israel and prepare his people for the coming messianic king and the new Jerusalem.

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  • Isaiah Part 2 | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on chapters 40-66 of the book of Isaiah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Isaiah announces that God’s judgment will purify Israel and prepare his people for the coming messianic king and the new Jerusalem.

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  • Jeremiah | Old Testament: Book Overviews | The Bible Project

    Watch our overview video on the book of Jeremiah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Jeremiah announces that God will judge Israel’s sins with an exile to Babylon. And then, he lives through the horror of his predictions.

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