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Bible Overview Mini-Course

This mini-course is designed for people who are -

  • new to reading the Bible.
  • having trouble understanding the Bible.
  • always interested in learning new things about the Bible.

The goal of this mini-course is to clearly present the -

  • Bible's one theme that ties Genesis to Revelation.
  • organization and structure of the Bible as a whole.
  • role and importance of the nation of Israel in the Bible's story.
  • role and importance of Jesus in the Bible's story.

We have divided this study into five parts recognizing that most people's time is limited. If you choose to take the mini-course, please accept the following recommendations:

  • Before starting, you are granted permission to print one copy of the Old Testament and New Testament Timelines (see below). Some users have indicated that they found it helpful to have the Timelines in-hand as they completed Parts 1-5.
  • After starting, please notice the navigation tools on the bottom of your screen. These can be very helpful to you if you ever need to return at a later time because of an interruption.
  • After completing Part 5, take advantage of the additional materials (see below) provided to add to your learning.

Part 1: Introduction + Genesis 1-3
  • Creation of Earth
  • Creation of Man
  • Fall of Man

Part 2: Genesis 4 - Joshua
  • Confusion and deception that followed the fall of man which resulted in the Flood and the Tower of Babel
  • God's establishment of the nation of Israel through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Joshua

Part 3: Children of Israel's 1400 year history
  • 800+ years existing as loosely connected tribes, a united and then divided nation
  • Almost 600 years as captives or as a province of several world empires

Part 4: The entrance of Jesus, the Son of God, into the world
  • Examples of Old Testament Messianic prophecies (Isaiah, Daniel, Malachi)
  • Summary of His three-year ministry on earth (Matthew - John)
  • His roles as Prophet, Priest and King (Hebrews, Revelation)

Part 5: God's completed plan of restoration
  • The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus resulting in Satan's defeat
  • The entrance of the Holy Spirit to help the believer
  • Birth and growth of the Church
  • Review and conclusion

Old Testament Timeline

New Testament Timeline

Resources Used In This Mini-Course

Bible Internet Links


"I love this Bible Overview! This must have been a very difficult thing to do, to give an outline of something so vast. The wonderful thing about this study is that you can gain an overall recognition of the Bible context and still explore the depths of the Bible's meaning. What a great way to begin Biblical understanding and learn more of God's intent for your life!"

"I want to thank you so much for putting together this Bible study. I have never gone through a study so comprehensive, yet succinct at the same time. I also LOVED the pictures you included--it made the Holy Land so alive for me, and so much more real. So thank you so much for this free resource--what a giant blessing! Thank You!"

"Several years ago I enrolled in an in-depth Bible study. The course was extremely well done in every detail and the instructor was excellent. I have recently gone through your Bible Overview Mini-Course. I realize now how much better prepared I would have been for the in-depth Bible study if your mini-course had been available to me FIRST. It would have given me a much better foundation on which to build. I am definitely going to recommend your mini-course to others! Great job!"

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