The Overview of the Old Testament consists of 50 images which help to tell the content of this section of the Bible.
Starting with the creation and include meeting with Bible greats such as Adam and Eve, Enoch, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Noah, Joshua, King David, Jonah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Queen Esther and many more.

In the beginning, God created the earth – Undated Past The beginning of the earth

Genesis 1:1-2. In the beginning, God said, "Let us make the heavens and the earth." This is God's story as He interacts with humankind. Enjoy your time looking at the Images and reading the text. Touch the image to the left or click on "Next Page" found at the far right just below the green Navigation bar to start your journey through the Bible. Background Reading: 1:1 In the beginning, God created the universe. 2 When the earth was as yet unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.   Read more »

The 7 or Seven Days of Creation – Undated Past

Genesis 1:1-3:24. The Book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible, starts with the creation of the world. God is the creator of our world. The Hebrew meaning of “Genesis” is the Book of Beginnings. This is because many new beginnings are recorded in Genesis. Genesis is the first book of the Law of Moses or Torah which consists of the first five books of the Bible. There are seven periods of creation recorded in the beginning of Genesis. Although each of these has been translated as a “day”, the Hebrew word is “yom” which simply means a period of time with a beginning and an ending.   Read more »

Adam was the first created man specifically named in Scripture

Genesis 1:26-31-2:1-25. Adam was a special man that God created. The creation of Adam is described in Genesis 2:7. God created him from the dust of the ground, breathed life into him and placed him in the garden of Eden. Adam was given the task of naming all the animals. As Adam was lonely, God formed a wife, named Eve, out of one of Adam's ribs. Adam died at the age of 930 years. In Hebrew Adam means: of the ground, reddish earth. Background Reading: 26Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean,   Read more »

Eve the first woman specifically named in Scripture

Genesis 1:18-25. Eve was specially created to be the wife and partner of the man Adam, whose creation is described in the beginning of Genesis. God had seen that the animals had their helpmates but the man he had made did not. Adam called his wife Eve. Her name in Hebrew means: life, life-giving. We are not told how old Eve was when she died nor is her death recorded in Scripture. Eve is not mentioned again after the birth of Seth at the end of Genesis 4, other than in two quotations in the New Testament - 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:12-14.   Read more »

Cain the first human murderer and older brother of Abel

Genesis 4:1-17. Cain the first human murderer and older brother of Abel. UNDATED PAST — Cain's story is told in Genesis 4:1-24. He was the older brother (and possibly twin) of Abel. Cain worked the land and Abel looked after the animals. Abel did what God asked him to do but Cain did what he thought he should do. When God was not pleased with Cain's offering, Cain became very angry. He ignored God's advice as to how he could fix it and murdered his brother instead. The murder of Abel was evil in God's eyes, and so Cain was banished from the presence of the Lord.   Read more »

Abel a righteous man

Genesis 4:1-16. UNDATED PAST - The story of Abel is told in Genesis 4:2-12. Abel, the younger and possibly twin brother of Cain, was called righteous as he did things God's way. He was a shepherd and looked after animals. Abel did well in God's sight but was murdered by his older brother because of envy and jealousy. Abel (hebel in Hebrew) means: Transitoriness, grassy meadow, breath. Background Reading: 4:1 Later, Adam had sexual relations with his wife Eve. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.   Read more »

Enoch did not die,

Genesis 5:21-24. UNDATED PAST - Genesis 5:21-24. Enoch is the man that God took to Heaven while he was alive. Enoch in Hebrew means: dedicated. He was the man who walked with God. He lived 365 years on the earth before God took him. The prophecy of Enoch is found in Jude 14-16. Background Reading: 5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 After he fathered Methuselah, Enoch communed with God for 300 years and fathered other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived a total of 365 years, 24 communing with God —   Read more »

1100 Years gap Between Adam and Noah

Genesis 5:1-32. There are 10 generations: 1.Adam - name means: Man (is) 2.Seth - name means: Appointed 3.Enosh - name means: Mortal, frail 4.Kenan - name means: Sorrow 5.Mahalalel - name means: Blessed God, praise God 6.Jared - name means: Shall come down 7.Enoch - name means: Commencement, teaching 8.Methuselah - name means: His death shall bring 9.Lamech - name means: Lament, Lamentation, Despairing 10.Noah - name means: Comfort or Rest Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The blessed God shall come down teaching .  Read more »

Noah built an ark with God’s instructions

Genesis 6:8-22. Noah - 3103BC-2153BC was 500 years old when he started having children. He had three sons named Shem, Ham and Japheth. He died when he was 950 years old, which was 350 years after the flood. Noah in Hebrew means rest. It took Noah about 100 years to build an ark (boat) to God's specifications. The ark's size was about 154 meters (525 feet) long, 25.5 meters (87 feet) wide and 15 meters (52 feet) high. The ark builder found favor and honor in God's eyes. Noah was given the promise of the rainbow, made up of seven colors, to say the earth would   Read more »

Noah builds an Ark for God

Genesis 7:1-10:32. Noah built a large boat or ark at God's instruction because God had asked him to save people and animals from the Flood that was coming. In Hebrew tebah means: boat or vessel. The ark's size was about - 140 meters long, 23 meters wide and 13.5 meters high or 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45 feet high – larger than any seagoing vessel until the 20th century. It was covered with resin on the inside and on the outside. After the Flood, Noah was given a rainbow, made up of seven colors, as a sign that God would not totally flood the earth again.   Read more »

400-year gap between Noah and Abraham

Genesis 11:10-32. Approximately four hundred years elapsed from the death of Noah to the call of Abraham. These are the generations: 1. Noah – name means: Comfort or Rest; 2. Shem – name meaning: renown; prosperity; 3. Arphaxad – name meaning: A healer; a releaser; 4. Shelah – name meaning: Sent Out, Branch or Javelin; 5. Eber – name meaning: to pass over, through, take away; 6. Peleg – name means: division; 7. Reu – name means: Friend; 8. Nahor – name means: Breathing Hard; 9. Terah – name means: Spirit, Spirited or Inspired; 10. Abram – a high father - later to be called Abraham .   Read more »

Abraham the father of nations

Genesis 12:1-25:11. Abram was called by God to live in a new land. Later God changed Abram's name to Abraham and he became the father of Israel. Abraham lived for 175 years from 2165BC-1990BC. His first wife was Sarah who lived 127 years and died in 2028BC. They had a son in their old age and called him Isaac which means laughter. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born. This son was a fulfillment of God's promise to them. Abraham the father of the faith all so the friend of God struggled between the spirit and the flesh as seen in his two sons.   Read more »

Sarah was the wife of Abraham

Genesis 11:29-23:20. Sarah was the wife of Abraham. She was very beautiful even in her old age. Her Hebrew name means Princess, the mother of the nations. She was born in about 2155BC, had a son at 90 in 2065BC, and died at age 127. She was one of the notable women of the Bible. Her former name was Sarai, which in Hebrew means Jah is prince in Hebrew. She was also a half-sister to Abraham as they had the same father, Terah, but not the same mother.   Read more »

Rebekah married Isaac

Genesis 24:1-66. Rebekah was the daughter of Bethuel and became the wife of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham. She became the mother of twins, Esau and Jacob. The name of Rebekah in Hebrew means flattering. Laban was Rebekah's brother and was also the father of Rachel and Leah. Rebekah had come to get water from the well for the family needs this is where she meets the servant of Abraham. Background Reading: 62 Later on, as Isaac was returning one evening from Beer-lahai-roi (he had been living in the Negev),   Read more »

Esau the son of Isaac Esau

Genesis 25:19-34. The birth of Esau the wayward older twin brother of Jacob. Esau was a hunter who sold his birthright as the older son to his younger brother for food. Esau was Isaac's favorite son and a hunter of game. Born 2005BC died after his twin brother Jacob who died in 1858BC. Background Reading: 20 Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the Aramean from Paddan-aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Later, Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, since she was unable to conceive children,   Read more »

Jacob steals Isaac’s blessing

Genesis 27:1-29. Jacob lived 147 years, from 2005BC-1885BC. He married two sisters, Leah and Rachel, and then had 12 sons and at least one daughter, Dinah. God changed Jacob's name to Israel and from his sons came the 12 tribes of Israel. Before Jacob and Esau were born, God had said, "Jacob I have loved and Esau I have hated." Jacob stole the blessing of the firstborn from Esau, that their father Isaac was to give Esau on his deathbed. Rebekah the mother of Esau and Jacob helped Jacob to deceive their father Isaac.   Read more »

Jacob marries Rachel the daughter of Laban

Genesis 29:15-30. Jacob lived 147 years, from 2005BC-1885BC. He married two sisters, Leah and Rachel, and then had 12 sons and at least one daughter, Dinah. God changed Jacob's name to Israel and from his sons came the 12 tribes of Israel. Before Jacob and Esau were born, God had said, "Jacob I have loved and Esau I have hated." Jacob stole the blessing of the firstborn from Esau, that their father Isaac was to give Esau on his deathbed. Rebekah the mother of Esau and Jacob helped Jacob to deceive their father Isaac.   Read more »

Death of Joseph at one hundred and ten years old Joseph

Genesis 50:22-26. Joseph was the one whose dreams from God came true. He was also able to interpret other people's dreams. Joseph was 30 years old when the Pharaoh of Egypt made him Second in Charge. He died at one hundred and ten years old in Egypt. His bones were taken back to the land of his birth when Moses lead the people out of Egypt about 400 years later. Exodus 13:19. Joseph looked after his brothers and their families even after his brothers tried to harm him when he was still a teenager. Joseph was a still a very powerful man in Egypt.   Read more »

300-year gap between Joseph and Moses

Genesis 50:22-Exodus 1:22. There is a gap of 300 years between the end of Genesis and the start of the Life of Moses in the book of Exodus. Actually, the gap is between Exodus chapter one and verses 7 and verse 10. Genesis in Hebrew means: beginnings. Exodus in Hebrew means: exit or departure. Background Reading: 22Joseph continued to live in Egypt, along with his father’s household, until he was 110 years old. 23 Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children, as well as the children who had been born to Manasseh’s son Machir, whom he adopted as his own.   Read more »

Miriam kept eye on Moses after he had been placed as a baby in a boat

Exodus 2:1-10. Miriam was the older sister of Moses who kept a sisterly eye on him after he had been placed as a baby in a little boat in the papyrus reeds on the side of the Nile river. After talking to the Pharaoh's daughter who had found the baby, Miriam organized for the baby Moses to be looked after. Miriam later was to play an important part in the Israelis forty years in the desert. Miriam one of the meanings in Hebrew is: star of the sea. Background Reading: 2:1 A man of the family of Levi married the daughter of a descendant of Levi.   Read more »

God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush

Exodus 3:1-3. Moses drew near to see why the bush was burning yet was not consumed by the fire. God called out to Moses from the burning bush, and gave him a commission to lead the Israelites, God's people, out of Egypt. Wherever you think the burning bush was, determines, to some point, where you think Mount Horeb, the mountain of God, and Mt. Sinai are located. Some scholars think that Mount Horeb and Mt. Sinai are the same, a group of high peaks in the southern part of the Sinai peninsula, from which Mount Sinai derives its name. It is also called "the mountain of God".   Read more »

Moses was asked to take off his sandals by God

Exodus 3:4-22 and 4:1-17. God spoke to Moses to take off his sandals as the place where he was standing was holy ground. God gave Moses a commission: "So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." Moses' call came to him from God towards the end of his forty years in Midian. Moses was a sheepherder very hard and often lonely job. Background Reading: 4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from the center of the bush, “Moses!”   Read more »

Moses the friend of God

Moses by faith led the people of God by following the cloud by day and the fire by night for the nearly the next forty years while God led them to the promised land in Israel. The life of Moses is found in Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and one other book. MOSES 1525BC- 1405BC, Red Sea 1445, Tabernacle 1444 death 1405 Which book of the Torah is missing from this list?- EXODUS, NUMBERS and DEUTERONOMY. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible and often acted as the mediator between God and the people of Israel.   Read more »

Manna means ‘What Is It’?

Exodus 16:1-36. Manna was a sweet gum or resin type of bread that God supernaturally sent from Heaven to feed His people. Manna in Hebrew means: what is it. Manna started on the sixteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt and they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan. Manna lasted only for one day other on the sixth day it lasted for two days as the seventh day was a holy rest day. Background Reading: 16:1Later, they left Elim, and the whole congregation of the Israelis came to the desert of Sin,   Read more »

Water From The Rock

Exodus 17:1-7. Water From The Rock at Massah. Now the people of God were at Rephidim again there was no water. You would have expected they would have by now learned that God would supply their water needs but no they just started to grumble again. Moses was told to hit the rock so that water would come out for the people to drink. Moses was obedient to God's commands and the water poured forth. Did the people learn that God would look after them - No! They just complained again when something was not to their liking.   Read more »

Moses at Mount Sinai

Exodus 19:1-25. God called Moses up Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments. Moses arrived at Mount Sinai three months after leaving Egypt. This day is known as the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of Harvest, or by its Hebrew name, Shavuot. This feast is in late May or early June which is late spring in Israel. In the New Testament, this day is called Pentecost, which means the fiftieth day after Passover. Sinai in Hebrew means: cliffs. Background Reading: 19:1On the third New Moon after the Israelis went out of the land of Egypt, on that very day,   Read more »

The Golden Calf the idol made by Aaron

Exodus 32:1-35. The Israelites demanded that Aaron make them an idol, a golden calf, in rebellion against the will of God, during the forty days that Moses was absent. Moses had climbed up Mt. Sinai to speak with God. There he received the two tablets of stone on which God wrote the Ten Commandments. God had said, "Do not make molten idols." But, in Egypt people had made molten idols to worship as their gods, so the people of Israel asked Aaron to make a similar one for them. They threw all their gold into the fire and Aaron fashioned a golden calf for them, saying,   Read more »

Speak to the Rock “Give Water”

Numbers 20:1-13. The people stayed a month at Kadesh and Miriam had just died and was buried there. They had just moved on to Meribah again the people quarreled against Moses and Aaron. God asked Moses to speak to the rock so that it would produce water for the people. However, because he was angry, Moses instead hit the rock twice. For this reason, he was barred by God from entering the promised land. This happened at Meribah which in Hebrew means: Strife, contention or quarreling.   Read more »

Joshua God’s warrior

Joshua 5:13-15 and 6:1-27. Joshua led God's people into the promised land between 1405BC - 1390BC, which was during the last fifteen years of his life. Until this time he was Moses' personal servant and spent a lot of time in the presence of God in Moses' tent. The Conquest of the promised land took about seven years. The first battle they won was taking the city of Jericho. The captain of the battle whom Joshua met was the Lord of Hosts Himself. Joshua the son of Nun, from the tribe of Ephraim, was along with Caleb, from the tribe of Judah,   Read more »

The two scouts or spies were Joshua’s eyes

Joshua 2:1-24 and 6:22-25. One of the two spies Joshua sent into the promised land. They both were looked after by Rahab. They both brought back a good report to Joshua. Even to say: "The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us." Joshua also sent these two spies into Jericho to bring out Rahab and family as promised when Israel attacked and defeated Jericho. No names are given to the two spies Joshua used. Unlike the twelve named, which included the tribe they came from, spies Moses used.   Read more »

Rahab helped Israel to take Jericho

Joshua 2:1-24. Rahab helped the spies of Joshua by keeping them safe from the king of Jericho. They promised that they would save her and her family when the Israelites conquered Jericho if she would tie a scarlet cord in the window through which she let them escape and all her family remained in the same room with her. Rahab's actions led her to become part of the family tree of Jesus and great-great-grandmother of King David after she married Salmon. They had a son called Boaz, who married Ruth. Ruth later became King David's great-grandmother.   Read more »

Rahab saved from death

Joshua 6:22-25. Rahab believed in the God of the Israelites who were attacking the city of Jericho. After saving the lives of the spies Joshua had sent to spy out the city, she put a scarlet cord out of her window which was on the side of the city wall to mark the place where she, her father, mother and brothers were so that they could be saved as promised by the spies. Rahab married Nashon, a leader of the people of Judah, and they had a son whom they called Salmon also known as Salma or Sala. He was a cousin of Caleb. Rahab is especially mentioned in several places in the Bible.   Read more »

Deborah the 4th Judge of Israel

Judges 4:1-24 and 5:1-31. Deborah was the only woman Judge or Ruler of Israel. She ruled about 1237BC—1198BC, she was also a prophetess. She was the wife of Lapidoth and held court under the palm tree of Deborah. Deborah seemed to hold her court under the palm tree of Deborah for a number of years, this may have been for more than thirty years. She could have lived till she was over seventy years old. She must have been some woman as people came to her as she did not go to them. The palm tree of Deborah was between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim.   Read more » »

Gideon the fifth Judge of Israel

Judges 6:1-8:35. 5th Judge of Israel 1191BC-1151BC 40 years. Gideon was of the tribe of Manasseh and was used by God to achieve a mighty victory over the Midianites who had been oppressing Israel. Gideon was asked by God to get a group of fighting men. God then told him how to select these men. Following God's plan, Gideon led the Israelites to victory against their enemies. Faith's miraculous victory. Son of Joash ( Great warrior). Gideon had 70 sons and many wives. Gideon in Hebrew means: Jerubbul - let Baal contend.   Read more »

Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David

Ruth 1:16-2:23. Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi and came back with her from Moab to the land of Israel after the famine. She married Boaz about 1120BC which was in the time of the 9th Judge or ruler Jair and became the great-grandmother of King David. Ruth in Hebrew means friendship. Boaz in Hebrew means fleetness, strength. Their son Obed was the father of Jesse who was the father of King David. Ruth marries Boaz. Background Reading: 1:16 But Ruth answered, “Stop urging me to abandon you and to turn back from following you.   Read more »

Samson the 14th Judge of Israel

Judges 13:1-16:31. The Strongest man in the Bible. Samson in Hebrew means: Distinguished, strong. He was from the tribe-Dan. He was the strongest man in the Bible and was Israel's 15th Judge. Samson judged Israel for 20 years, 1069BC-1049BC, read Judges chapters 13:1 to 16:31. He had a lady friend called Delilah whose name means: languishing-trouble. Removed Southwest gates of Gaza, and pushed out the pillars of the house of Dgaon killing those there and himself. Samson, Delilah. He loves, she nags, deceives, lies. Hair cut, strength expires.   Read more »

Samuel the fifteen Judge of Israel anoints Saul

1 Samuel 10:9-27. Samuel was asked by God to anoint Saul and later David as Kings of Israel. At this time Samuel was the 15th Judge of Israel and a prophet of Israel. The people of Israel were again asking for an earthly king, where they were to have a heavenly King and His name is God. Samuel was in leadership for 47 years he started when he was 38 years old. 1067BC-1020BC. Samuel in Hebrew means: heard of God. Background Reading: 10:1 Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it on Saul’s head, kissed him, and said,   Read more »

King Saul tries to kill David with a spear

1 Samuel 18:6-16. After an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. King Saul tried to kill David in a fit of anger because of jealousy by throwing a spear. King Saul was prophesying before he tried to kill David with a spear. Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with David but had left Saul. Background Reading: 18:6 When David returned from defeating the Philistine, as they were entering the city, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul, singing and dancing as they joyously played tambourines and lyres. 7 As the women sang and played, they said,   Read more »

David uses his slingshot

1 Samuel 17:40-58. David uses his sling and a stone to kill Goliath an enemy of Israel. He had used them to protect his father's sheep and knew what he could do with them under God's guidance. After David had killed Goliath and cut off his head the Philistines ran away and the Israelis chased and killed many of them. David told Goliath that he, David, came in the name of the LORD Almighty and it was by the LORD that Israel will be saved. David picked up five stones from the creek. Goliath had four brothers was David with this act of picking up five stones saying to Goliath I am going to kill your brothers also.   Read more »

King Solomon’s reign established

1 Kings 2:1-46. Solomon had half a heart after God unlike his father David who had a whole heart after God. Born 999BC reigned 40 years between 971BC-931BC must have been about 28 when he started his reign. Hebrew name for Solomon means: peace. David and Bathsheba named him Solomon but the Lord God through Nathan the Prophet named him Jedidiah the name means in Hebrew Loved by God. Solomon used other names at times like the teacher in Ecclesiastes and Agur in Proverbs which in Hebrew the name means: collector.   Read more »

King Rehoboam 1st king of Judah

1 Kings 11:41-12:24 and 2 Chronicles 9:31-12:16. At the death of King Solomon, the kingdom was divided into two. The Southern kingdom was called the house Judah and the northern kingdom was called the house of Israel. After King Solomon died his son Rehoboam became king. Judah and Benjamin stayed with this king in Jerusalem. Rehoboam reigned for 18 years 931BC- 913BC. Rehoboam in Hebrew means: Free of the people. The southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin including the tribe of Simeon which was part of the southern Kingdom stayed loyal to King Rehoboam.   Read more »

Jonah a Prophet of God and the Whale

Jonah 1:1-17-4:11. Jonah, the prophet of the most high God, - 782BC-753BC. The prophet who traveled in a whale or large fish to Nineveh. God wanted Jonah to give a message to Nineveh in the land of Assyria, an enemy of Israel, to repent and turn to God. The city of Nineveh is now called Mosul in northern Iraq with a Jewish quarter, synagogues, study halls and a cemetery. Background Reading: 1:1 Now this message from the LORD came to Amittai’s son Jonah: 2 “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city!   Read more »

Isaiah the prophet (739BC-690BC) wrote the book Isaiah

2 Kings 18:1-20-21. Isaiah the prophet (740BC-680BC) wrote the book Isaiah and is also mentioned in a number of other books. Isaiah prophesied in Judah during the reigns of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. He was murdered by King Hezekiah's son King Manasseh. Isaiah in Hebrew means: Yahweh is savior. More Information: Isaiah in Hebrew means: Yahweh is savior - 740BC- 680BC. He was of the Tribe of Judah and his wife was a prophetess. Isaiah wrote the book Isaiah.   Read more »

Jeremiah the prophet of God is put down a well

Jeremiah 38:1-28. Jeremiah the prophet of God was put down a well as a prisoner. This event happened during the reign of King Zedekiah, 20th and last king of Judah 597BC-586BC. During the time Jeremiah was in prison he spoke to King Zedekiah. Using a well as a temporary prison was a good idea as a prisoner down the well could not climb up its sides. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon allowed Jeremiah the prophet live where he wanted. So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land.   Read more »

Daniel in the Lions Den

Daniel 6:1-28. . Daniel, 605BC-536BC, as a young Jewish boy was captured by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Over period of his lifetime of 70 years or more, served at least three different Kings. Because of his faith in God and Daniel's exceptional qualities. King Darius planned to set him over his whole kingdom. He was liked by all except those who wanted his position of service. Hence the time Daniel ended in the lion's den. Background Reading: 6:1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 regional authorities over the kingdom throughout the realm,   Read more »

Esther becomes the Queen of Persia

Esther 1:1-10:3. The beautiful Jewish girl from the tribe of Benjamin that saved her people, the people of Israel. Esther became the wife of King Ahasuerus of Persia, also known as Xerxes or Achashverosh, the son of Darius I Hystaspes about the year 478BC. Esther is the Persian name for Hadassah who was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai's uncle.(Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Hadassah.) Hadassah in Hebrew means: Myrtle and her Persian name Esther means: The planet Venus. Today the event is celebrated by the feast of Purim.   Read more »

Nehemiah rebuilds the walls

Nehemiah 2:1-3:32. Nehemiah a man of prayer and Cupbearer to the King Artaxerxes (Artch'shashta). Nehemiah later became Governor of Jerusalem. And rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days. Nehemiah in Hebrew means: Jah is comfort. The book of Nehemiah named after Nehemiah is the memoir of building the walls of Jerusalem and of setting up the Jewish community in Jerusalem. Background Reading: 1:1 It came about in the twentieth [444BC] year of Artaxerxes, during the month of Nissan,   Read more »

Malachi a prophet of God

Malachi 1:1-4:6. Malachi - 435?BC-412?BC. Malachi a Jewish prophet of God wrote about: peoples hearts of stone. Malachi's main concern was the people of Israel had forgotten God and were failing to do what God required. One of the three prophets after the exile. The other two were Haggai and Zechariah. Post-exile which is after the return of the Jews from Babylon. Malachi also writes about the coming of the Messiah. Background Reading: 1:1 A declaration: a message from the LORD to Israel by Malachi   Read more »

400-year gap, The gap between Malachi and Jesus

The 400-year time gap between Malachi the last book of the Old Testament and New Testament with Matthew the first of the gospels. This period was from about 420BC to about 7BC. God was fulfilling prophecy and counting down to the time for Jesus to arrive on this earth. This 400-year gap God hardly spoke to his people. Until Just before Jesus was born. The Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible started about 284 B.C It was called the Septuagint which means 70.   Read more »   A number of other major things happened see 400 year gap between Malachi and Jesus.

Angel Gabriel God’s Messenger

Luke 1:26-38. Angels are God's messengers. The angel Gabriel told Mary that she was going to have a baby, and to call him Jesus. Also that Elizabeth her cousin is six months pregnant. Mary in answering the angel calls herself a bond slave to the most high God. "I am the Lord's servant," in Greek the word servant means a bond salve. In Hebrew Gabriel means: God is mighty.   Luke chapters 1:1-2:52 & 3:21-38 and Matthew chapters 1:1-24 and 2:1-23
Background Reading: 26 Now in the sixth month of her pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,   Read more »

The cross a Roman method of killing people

Luke 22:1-24:12. Jesus died on a Roman death machine to bring us life. The main purpose of Jesus' life was for Him to die on the cross, and then to be raised to life from the dead. This resurrection enables us to access God, His Father. In Genesis 3:14-15 God said to Satan he was going to lose and His son Jesus was going to win the war between Satan and God over mankind. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” The cross is the ultimate in love from God. Jesus God's only Son died on a Roman death machine to bring us life and right relationship with God His father.   Read more »

Jesus – The author and giver of all faith

The only perfect man who walked on this earth. His public ministry was but three and a half short years. God had planned (promised) something better for us so that only through Jesus we can come to the father. Together with Jesus would we be made perfect. Jesus the man who influenced many.
Old Testament Bible references: - Genesis 1:1-, Isaiah etc. and New Testament Bible references: - Mark, Luke, John, Revelation etc.   Read more »
Also look at these modules Birth of Jesus or Acts or The book Revelation.

Old Testament Overview – Questions and Answers 1-11 The beginning of the earth

Questions 1. What is the meaning of the word Genesis? 2. How many days did it take God to create the earth? 3. What was the name of the first man God created? 4. What was the name of the first woman God created? 5. Who was the first human murderer in God's creation? 6. What was the name of the man that got murdered? 7. What is Enoch famous for? 8. The number of years gap between Adam and Noah? 9. Which man built the Ark under God's instructions? 10. Why was the Ark built? 11. What was the approximate length in years the gap between Noah and Abraham?   Read more »

Old Testament Overview – Questions and Answers 12-22

11 Questions 1. How old did Abraham live for? 2. How old did Sarah live for? 3. Who did Rebekah marry? 4. What was Easu's younger twins name? 5. What are the names of two sisters Jacob married? 6. Who was the father of Rachel? 7. Joseph was 30 years old when the Pharaoh of Egypt made him what? 8. Which chapter and verse do you find the 300 year gap between Joseph and Moses? 9. The name of the baby brother Miriam kept eye on? 10. Who spoke to Moses out of the buring bush? 11. What was Moses was asked to do by God?   Read more »

Old Testament Overview – Questions and Answers 23-32

10 Questions 1. The life of Moses is found in Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and one other book? 2. What does the name Manna mean? 3. What was Moses asked to do to the Rock the first time? 4. What did God want Moses to come up the mountain to get? 5. What did God God say not to make? 6. What was Moses asked to do to this time to the Rock? 7. Who lead the people of God after Moses had died? 8. The number of years gap between Adam and Noah? 9. Which man built the Ark under God's instructions? 10. Rahab is in Jesus’ family tree as?   Read more »

Old Testament Overview – Questions and Answers 33-42

10 Questions 1. Was Deborah the only woman Judge or Ruler in the time of the Judges? 2. God gave Gideon how many hand picked men? 3. Name a woman who is in Jesus’ family tree?? 4. Who was the physically strongest man in the Bible? 5. Who was the first king Samuel anoints to be king? 6. Who tried to kill David with a spear? 7. Who did David kill with his slingshot? 8. Which of the sons of King David became king after he had died? 9. Which of the many sons of King Solomon became king after he had died?   Read more »

Old Testament Overview – Questions and Answers 43-52

10 Questions 1. What book in the Old Testament did Isaiah write? 2. Which important person did Jeremiah the prophet of God speak to? 3. Daniel’s Godly life of prayer had him put somewhere by those who hated him? 4. Who won a beauty Queen contest and saved her people from being killed? 5. King Artaxerxes of Babylon sent who to rebuild a wall around Jerusalem? 6. Who wrote the last Old Testament book of the Bible? 7. 400 Years is the lenth for what? 8. Who did Angel Gaberiel this time visit in Nazareth? 9. Why Jesus have to die on a Cross?   Read more »

Next Module – Back to the beginning The Book of Genesis » » The beginning of the earth

Back to the beginning:- The book of Genesis part one. The first module of nine modules or sections of the Old Testament contains 25 images. Genesis - part one covers from Creation to King Abimelech. Along the way, we have many firsts like the birth of Seth, Noah and the Ark, Abraham, and Isaac and Rebekah.
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The Overview of the Old Testament consists of 50 images which help to tell the content of this section of the Bible.
Starting with the creation and include meeting with Bible greats such as Adam and Eve, Enoch, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Noah, Joshua, King David, Jonah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Queen Esther and many more. By touching the images or clicking on the blue text you will find a lot more detail of each person or event in the Bible.