Table of Contents
What makes the Bible unique?
The Construction of the Bible
What is the Bible about?
The Catastrophic Beginning of the History of Mankind
God sees to it that the history of mankind will have a glorious ending
All the texts of the Bible have been written through the Inspiration of God
How the Holy Hebrew and Greek Scriptures reached us
Translations of the Bible
Biblical History. Introduction.
The Bible is a History Book
The Chronology of the Hebrew Scriptures
A concise Biblical History
Some general remarks on Biblical History
The story of creation
The Biblical story of creation and the theory of evolution
After the year 4026 B.C. The Fall.
About 4000 B.C. The life of Adam and Eve outside Paradise.
From about 4000 B.C. to the birth of Noah in 2970 B.C.
2370 B.C. The Flood.
From the Flood in 2370 B.C. to the birth of Abraham in 2018 B.C.
Babel, Babylon, Babylon the Great and Babylonia as a Biblical theme.
The Biblical notion of the seven successive world-powers, opposed to JHWH
From 2018 B.C. to 1843 B.C.Abraham.
From 1918 B.C. to 1738 B.C.Isaac.
From 1858 B.C. to 1711B.C.Jacob.The start of God's people: Israel
From 1728 B.C. to 1513 B.C.The people of Israel in Egypt, the birth of Moses.
1513 B.C. The Exodus of the people of Israel out of Egypt
1513 B.C. Events near Mount Sinai. The Law Covenant.
From 1513 to 1473 B.C. Forty years in the desert.
1473 B.C. Moses' last four speeches to the people of Israel.
Moses is the greatest figure who is mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures.
From 1473 B.C. to 1117B.C. The conquest of Canaan. The period of the Judges.
From 1117 B.C. to 1077 B.C. Israel under her first king: Saul.
From 1077 B.C. to 1037 B.C. Israel under her second king: David
The tremendous importance of King David for Israel and for mankind.
From 1037 B.C. to 997 B.C. Solomon, the last king to rule all the twelve tribes.
997 B.C. Israel falls apart into two separate nations
Israel and Judah between 997 B.C. and 910 B.C. The great prophet Elijah
From about 910 B.C. to 740 B.C. Very bad kings in Israel and Judah.
From 740 B.C. to 607 B.C. Judah continues to exist for another 130 years.
From about 780 B.C to about 730 B.C. The great prophet Isaiah
Wonderful images of mankind's great future in the first 44 chapters of Isaiah.
Impressive images of mankind's great future in Isaiah, the chapters 45 to 66.
From 647 to 580 B.C Jeremiah: the catastrophe is part of God's plan of salvation.
From 613 to 591 B.C. Ezekiel: the catastrophe is part of God's plan of salvation.
From 618 to 536 B.C. Daniel lives and works at the court of the kings of Babylon.
Daniel tells mankind how its history will develop and reach its final destination.
From 539 to about 425 B.C. A number of Jewish exiles return to Israel.
Between about 425B.C to the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus.
The life of John the Baptist and of Jesus Christ
Important prophecies about Jesus to be found in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Why is it that so many Jews did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah?
Between 2 B.C and 29 A.D. The childhood of John the Baptist and Jesus.
The year 29 A.D. John the Baptist and Jesus Christ begin their life-work.
The year 30 A.D. John the Baptist is put in prison. Jesus fulfills his mission.
The year 31 A.D. Jesus preaches all over Galilee. John the Baptist is beheaded.
The first nine months of the year 32A.D. Jesus continues preaching in Galilee.
The autumn of 32 and the spring of 33A.D. Jesus preaches all over the country.
The first month of the spring in 33 A.D. The last week of Jesus' stay on earth.
Jesus' last Wednesday and Thursday as a human on our earth.
Jesus is sentenced to death and executed on Friday. Resurrected on Sunday.
The Building of the Christian Church
Starting in the year 36 also non-Jews become followers of Christ.
The years 47 to 52. Paul's first and second missionary journeys
Paul's third missionary journey. The destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70.
What does the Bible tell us about God?
God's qualities and attributes
Man was made in God's image, according to His likeness
Life. What does the Bible teach us about the soul, death and the resurrection?
Angels. Their life in heaven. Also: the fallen angels: Satan and his demons.
The Son of God
Created by his Father. Completely obedient to his Father. Lived in heaven.
Came to earth to save mankind.
Heaven. What most people think of heaven and what the Bible says about it.
The origin of evil lies with Satan, his demons, Adam and Eve.
The Biblical meaning of the words death and soul.
The relationship between evil and sin
How God intends to put an end to all forms of evil, sin and suffering.
Christ's ransom sacrifice opens the way for people to enter God's Kingdom.
The good news: forgiveness of sins and a resurrection for all good people.
Millions of perfect people will live for ever in God's perfect Kingdom.
God has made many covenants with us
God has made many promises to us and He has concluded many covenants with us.
God's covenant with King David. The good news: the new covenant.
What God demands from people.
Faith. Attitude to life based on faith. Recognizing God as your law-giver.
Obeying God as your sovereign. Approaching God in honest prayer.
Saying no to sin. Integrity. Making God find pleasure in you.
Baptism The right attitude towards blood. Our attitude towards the poor.
The need for the followers of Jesus to come together with other Christians.
The history of Christianity. The first five centuries
The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth centuries
The eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
The sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieh centuries
Are the religious leaders of Christianity responsible for the confusion?
Most members of Christian Churches easily accept the confusion.
Are the differences between the Christian Churches really important?
The invention of the art of printing as a revolutionary turning point.
The Roman Catholic Church
The Protestant Churches
Fundamentalism and Adventism
When a man passes away his soul dies. Our only hope is a resurrection
The causes of the unbiblical notions which Christianity has accepted
How to react to the unbiblical and wrong ideas mentioned
Finally: the Bible is and remains a difficult book