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The Basics of the Old Testament Study
This section is related to the basics of studying the Old Testament...it is the very least you should know!

Old Testament or Hebrew Bible?

(The Scripture of Jews & Christians)

• The Old Testament is not a very exact term – different faith communities have different ideas about which books should be included and in what order they should be arranged.

• The Old Testament is sometimes referred to as ‘The Hebrew Bible’, ‘The Hebrew Scriptures’, ‘The First Testament’ or ‘The Tenakh (or Tanak)’.

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Where & Who on Earth?

(The Geography & Peoples of the Old Testament World)

• The Israel of the Old Testament was a very small territory whose fortunes depended, to a large extent, on its neighbours.

• Major players in Israel’s history included the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians and the Persians; others included the Syrians, the Phoenicians, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Edomites and the Philistines.

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The Story so Far

(Israel tells its own history)

• The history of Israel from the Old Testament’s point of view begins with the creation of the world and, although Maccabees provides some ideas about the time between the Persian era and the first century BCE, peters out during the fifth or fourth centuries BCE when the Persian Empire was in control of Palestine.

• The history of Israel in the Old
Testament is not history in the modern sense of the word, but gives the reader an important opportunity to understand what the biblical authors believed about God, his people, and the world.

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The Way They Tell It

(Types of Literature in the Old
Testament)

• The Old Testament is made up of many books of many different literary types.

• Types of literature represented in the Old Testament include narrative, wisdom, prophecy, poetry, law and apocalyptic writing.

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