I started out last April 4 to try and work my way through blogging about the Bible. The whole thing. From Creation to the very end in Revelation. Wherever possible, I introduced anything I know about how science and archeology are in agreement with the Bible.
I finished the Old Testament on March 3rd last week with Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament.
Regarding Creation, I drew heavily from Ken Ham’s The New Answers Book 1. Ken is the founder of The Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, both in Kentucky just over the river from Cincinnati. His whole ministry is based on the importance of Genesis and taking it as the truth.
I also made use of DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral by Leonard Horowitz. His book is not directly about Creation, but there are some interesting scientific facts contained in it that shed some light on the Creation account in Genesis. The book is out of print, but is still in high demand. My used copy cost me about $60, and it was a bargain! I’ve seen mint copies going for as high as $200! Horowitz is an accomplished scientist who is also a Christian. You can find talks by him on YouTube.
I relied almost completely on The Exodus Case by Dr. Lennart Moller in discussing the Book of Exodus. Dr. Moller is a research biologist with the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He used his scientific skills to test the hypothesis that The Exodus happened exactly as related in the Biblical book of Exodus. He investigated a number of archeologic finds that precisely mirror the Biblical account. He is thorough, and does an excellent job of distinguishing between facts and theories.
The last signal event of the Old Testament is the Babylonian Exile. Rabbi Jonathon Kahn’s two books, The Mystery of the Shemitah and The Harbinger both provided me with some great background material regarding the Shemitah and its direct importance to the Babylonian Exile. The main thrust of his books is dealing with the religious implications of our own 9/11, but they both gave me an awakening regarding this virtually unknown observance commanded by God. Most simply, the Shemitah is to years what the Sabbath is to days. It occurs every 7 years.
This is what determined Israel’s time in Babylon: 70 years. That’s one year for every Shemitah Israel neglected. There were other things that helped bring on that punishment too, but the Shemitah is the pivotal factor.
In fact, the Babylonian Exile occupies the decided majority of the Old Testament. Out of the 39 Old Testament books, 17 are about the Babylonian Exile! The prophets are ALL related to the Exile, whether prophesying and warning the Israelites about it or trying to guide them through it. All of the prophets speak of punishment, but they also point to the ultimate victory God had in mind with Jesus.
The Book of Daniel is a pretty tough book to understand without a very good knowledge of languages and ancient history. Fortunately, I was introduced to Agents of Babylon by Dr. David Jeremiah. I essentially wrote an entire series on Daniel based on that book. I highly recommend it!
Daniel is a preview of world history until the end of time as it intersects with the history of Israel. There are several important prophecies that help us understand revelation, starting with King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the Colossus.
With the Old Testament finished, the New testament looms. I am not completely sure how to treat it at this point, so I’ll beg for some patience. It isn’t structured quite the same as the Old Testament. There is no grand arc of history as there was in the Old Testament. Everything in it happened within a few years. While the books of the Old testament span about 6000 years, the New Testament books cover less the 100.
In the meantime, I invite you to go back to the beginning on April 4, 2018 with Creation – Let There Be Light, if you haven’t been with me the whole time.
Thank you very much for visiting and giving me a read. I hope you find what I do here useful! Look for a very short contemplation every morning on a daily Bible verse too.
In Christ, Jeff