Posts Tagged ‘bible literacy’

Read Genesis 39
1. What happened to Joseph after his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelite traders?

2. What happened to Joseph’s master when Joseph became the overseer?

3. What does Joseph say/do when Potiphar’s wife propositions him?

4. What happens to Joseph based on her false accusations?

5. What do you learn from Genesis 39:21? How was this played out in Joseph’s life?

6. Copy Psalm 1:1-3 below. How do you see Joseph in these verses? Do you see yourself? Explain.

7. What do you learn from the following verses?
a. Joshua 1:8

b. Jeremiah 17:5-8


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For this Christian (and I hope it is the same for others), words and the proper use and understanding of terms is key to the discussion of issues of faith, belief and the Bible. With that in mind, before I begin my series of studies in preparation and leading up to Resurrection Sunday, I want to look at some of the vocabulary that is central to the events and their implications for believers and non-believers.

For this post, I want to start with the word ATONEMENT.

I will share some of the insights I have in tomorrow’s post, but in preparation for that, here is your assignment:

  1. What is the dictionary definition of atonement? Consider looking in a traditional dictionary as well as a Bible dictionary. You might also consider an online resource like http://www.dictionary.com.
  2. Consider Leviticus 17:11. What does it add to your understanding?

nothing but the blood

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Read Genesis 4:1-16.
The story of Cain and Abel is the first killing of a human being recorded in the Bible. The lesson of the story is that God determines what is acceptable worship–not man.

1. What does Genesis 4:2 tell us about Abel’s occupation? Cain’s?

2. What does verse 5 tell us about Cain’s offering?

3. What is Cain’s reaction to his offering not being accepted?

4. What does God say to Cain?

5. God shows His great mercy in dealing with Cain. What is the evidence of God’s mercy toward Cain?

6. Read Hebrews 11:4. What additional information do you learn about Abel’s sacrifice?

7. Read Hebrews 12:24. What do you learn of the sacrifice of Abel from this verse?


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1. How was Woman created? List the five steps/elements.

2. What does Adam have to say about the woman in Genesis 2:23?

3. What does God tell us about marriage in Genesis 2:24?

4. Consider the creation of woman and the origin of marriage. What was God doing in creating woman out of man?

5. What was God doing in commanding that man leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife? Why is this separation important?

6. What is the significance of two married people being “one flesh?”



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Read Genesis Chapter 2 and answer the following questions:

1. Why was Adam was put in the garden by God according to Genesis 2:15?

2. What did God command Adam concerning the Garden in Genesis 2:16-17?

3. What reason did God give for creating woman in Genesis 2:18?

4. What two characteristics does God give of woman in Genesis 2:18?

5. What did Adam conclude after naming all of the animals?


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The Bible consists of 66 separate books written by 40 different authors over 1,600 years.

The Bible is divided into two parts, known as testaments. There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament.


The Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew, with some portions in Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek.

The Old Testament is divided into five sections, namely The Law, The History, The Wisdom and Poetry, The Major Prophets and The Minor Prophets.

The New Testament is divided into five sections, namely, the Gospels, the History of the early Church (the Book of Acts), the Pauline Epistles, the General Epistles and Prophecy (the Book of Revelation).

Knowing more about the Bible makes the Bible just a little bit easier to understand and study. This series of posts is designed to make the Bible smaller and more manageable for you to study day by day, line upon line and precept upon precept. (Isaiah 28:10)

1. What is the first book of the Bible?

2. What is the last book of the Old Testament?

3. What is the first book of the New Testament?

4. What is the last book of the Bible?


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