Joshua/Judges/Ruth

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InterVarsity Press, Apr 10, 2011 - Religion - 130 pages
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Central to the Bible's history of the nation of Israel, the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth reveal how God used people with different backgrounds, personalities, strengths, and flaws to bring the tribes of Israel into the land of Canaan and lead them to victory over many opponents. By engaging in these studies you'll see how these people said yes to God and helped mold and shape their young nation through wild and desperate times so that one day they would become a blessing to every nation. The Understanding the Books of the Bible series enables groups to take a new approach to studying the Bible together. Instead of following artificial chapter and verse divisions, these Bible study guides lead groups through whole books following their natural outlines and flow. They pose engaging questions for discussion with personal applications all along the way, leading to a community Bible experience.
 

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Contents

Why Read and Study Joshua Judges and Ruth?
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SESSION I
11
SESSION I
13
SESSION 3
21
SESSION 5
28
SESSION 7
37
SESSION 9
47
I
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Deborah and Barak Lead an Army against Jabin King of Hazor
69
Gideon Answers the LORDs Call to Fight the Midianites
76
Abimelek Murders His Brothers and Makes Himself King
87
Samson Picks a Fight with the Philistines
95
SESSION 20
105
SESSION 22
113
SESSION 23
119
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The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is an author and biblical scholar who lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty years in Massachusetts, Ontario and Michigan and is now a volunteer campus staff member with Graduate InterVarsity at Michigan State University. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. He was one of the translators for The Voice Bible. Smith has a B.A. in literature from Harvard, a master's degree in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical theology and Bible from Boston College. He has taught visiting, adjunct and extension courses at Williams College, Regent College and the Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College). His articles have appeared in professional journals such as Novum Testamentum, New Testament Studies and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, in periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine, and on websites such as The High Calling of Our Daily Work.

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