The Stories of the Old Testament

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Loyola Press, 2011 M09 29 - 352 pages

The forty-six books of the Old Testament offer a rich feast of spiritual nourishment, yet they are by no means the easiest books to read and understand. Without a proper “tour guide,” a person’s trip through the Old Testament often ends shortly after it begins.
The Stories of the Old Testament takes the difficult task of reading the Old Testament and turns it into an exciting and enjoyable journey. Author Jim Campbell leads readers through central texts, essential stories, and major figures of the Old Testament in one hundred carefully selected readings. Each of the readings is meant to be completed in one sitting and is paired with Jim’s enlightening guide to the text. You’ll also find dozens of short, easy-to-grasp informational pieces that supply the background and commentary you’ll need to understand the Old Testament in context. Perhaps most important, Jim helps us connect our stories today to those of long ago and see ourselves as a part of God’s ongoing redemptive work that began “in the beginning.”

 

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Contents

Isaiahs Vision Isaiah 6
178
Isaiahs Message Isaiah 12 59 A Savior Will Come Isaiah 9 11
185
Micahs Call for Justice Micah 6
188
Care for the Poor
191
The Promised Ruler from Bethlehem Micah 5
193
Hope in the Old Testament
195
The Rule of Manasseh 2 Kings 21
197
Nahum Celebrates the Fall of Nineveh Nahum
200

The Call of Abraham Genesis 12
19
Melchizedek
22
Gods Covenant with Abraham Genesis 15
24
Hagar and Ishmael Genesis 16 21
26
Abraham and Isaac Genesis 22
28
Sarah Genesis 12 21
32
Family in the Old Testament
34
1934 27
36
1022
39
Leah Rachel
41
Egypt in the Time of the Patriarchs
47
From Joseph to Moses
54
Pharaohs Contest with God Exodus 56
60
Passover Exodus 1113
66
The Hebrews Meet God at Sinai Exodus 19
72
Law in the Old Testament
79
The Historical Books
89
Rahab and the Fall of Jericho Joshua 2 6
90
Joshua
92
Joshua Renews the Covenant Joshua 2324
94
The Settlement of Canaan
96
Deborah Barak and Jael Judges 45
98
The World of the Judges
100
Gideons Small Army Judges 68
102
Samson the Flawed Hero Judges 16
104
Naomi and Ruth Ruth
107
1211
110
Women in Old Testament Times
113
God Calls to Samuel 1 Samuel 3
115
Samuel and Saul 1 Samuel 1012
118
The Young David 1 Samuel 1617
120
David and Jonathan 1 Samuel 18
122
Saul and David 1 Samuel 24 28
125
David and Abigail 1 Samuel 25
127
David the King 2 Samuel 56
129
Jerusalem
132
David Bathsheba and Nathan 2 Samuel 1112
134
David and Absalom 2 Samuel 18 45 Davids Later Years 2 Samuel1924
139
Solomon Builds the Temple 1 Kings 8
146
The Division of Davids Kingdom
152
Elijah Is Fed by God 1 Kings 17
158
The Still Small Voice 1 Kings 19
164
Amos Denounces Empty Religion Amos 5
170
Zephaniah Attacks Complacency Zephaniah
202
King Josiahs Reform 2 Kings 23
206
The Rise of Babylon
208
Habakkuks Reprimand Habakkuk
210
The Sack of Jerusalem and the Fall of Judah 2 Kings 2425
212
Jeremiah
214
Jeremiahs Temple Sermon Jeremiah 7 26
216
Jeremiah Speaks against Jerusalem Jeremiah 28
218
Sorrow for the Fall of Judah Lamentations 1
220
Jeremiahs Message of Hope Jeremiah 29 31
223
The Anger of Obadiah Obadiah
225
Jews in Exile
227
The Call of Ezekiel Ezekiel 23
229
Ezekiel on Individual Responsibility Ezekiel 18
231
The Time for Consolation Isaiah 40
237
The Power of Gods Word Isaiah 43 55
240
The Rise of Persia
243
A God for All the Nations Isaiah 43
245
135312
247
The Return to Jerusalem
249
Baruchs Message to Refugees Baruch
251
Haggai and the Temple Haggai
254
Zechariahs Visions of Hope Zechariah 12
256
Malachis Warnings Malachi
258
Ezra and the Gentile Spouses Ezra 9
260
Nehemiah
262
Ezra and the Law Nehemiah 89
264
Joels Call to Repentance Joel
266
The Synagogue
269
Jonahs Mission to the Gentiles Jonah
271
Persian Influences in the Old Testament
273
Esther Saves the People Esther
275
The Greeks
277
The Faithfulness of Tobit Tobit 89
280
The Books of Maccabees 90 The Mother and Her Sons 2 Maccabees 7
285
The Pharisees
292
A Song of Repentance Psalm 51
298
Job and His Friends Job 2021
304
Ecclesiastes on Vanity Ecclesiastes 13
311
The Misuse of the Tongue Sirach 1920
318
Suggested Reading
327
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About the author (2011)

Jim Campbell has been writing about the Bible for Catholic adults and young people for more than thirty years. He is the general editor of the Harper’s New American Bible Study
Program and the coauthor of the Finding God religious education program, published by Loyola Press. He has master’s degrees in theology and history and a doctorate in ministry in Christian education from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, in St. Louis. He is the author of 52 Simple Ways to Talk with Your Kids about Faith and Stories of the Old Testament. He is the staff theologian at Loyola Press.

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