Maybe You Need A Bible Summary!
It has to be said that many people are daunted by the prospect of reading the whole Bible; it is after all quite a tome to work your way through. Where do you start with such a book, and do you read it like a novel from beginning to end? This is where a summary of the bible from genesis to revelation can come in very handy, and this is exactly what you will find in The Bible Brief bible summary book.
The answer to that question is simple and complicated at the same time; as there is a beginning (Genesis) and an end (Revelation). Everything that goes on between the covers of the 66 books that form the Bible however, is not necessarily in chronological order.
The Bible Brief
The Bible for instance is split not only into 66 books, but also into two parts; the Old Testament and the New Testament. This book – The Bible Brief – lays out the whole book into neat ‘bite sized’ chunks, so that you can see at a glance, a brief summary of each individual book. It also has a summary of just what the Old and New testament are about, and what relevance they may or may not have for us in today’s world.
The points in The Bible Brief are laid out in neat order, that allows for easy understanding of the main points as in the example below:
- When: The date of the book was written or the time period covered.
- Who: The author or presumed author of the book.
- People & Places: The ‘main players’ & places involved or referred to.
- Sound-bites: Memorable quotes, sayings or verses from the book.
- The Messianic Link: The coming Messiah is mentioned throughout – and ties together – the 66 books. These are just some of the scriptures that allude to or name the Messiah directly.
- The Book: An outline of the book or letter.
- Notes & Quotes: General thoughts & comments on the preceding book.
Summary of the Bible from genesis to revelation
The purpose of this Bible Summary Guidebook is in no way meant to act as a substitute to reading your Bible right through; in fact it is just the opposite. It is hoped that by beginning each book on a basic understanding of the contents, the reader will be encouraged to go on to read the full story as it is printed in the Bible itself. The 12 minor prophets are also covered in this short summary.
Here is an example from The Bible Brief on the book of Genesis.
Written at the time of Moses around 1445-1406B.C.
Generally attributed to Moses, but with events recorded much further back in time.
People & Places:
Adam & Eve; Cain & Abel; Methuselah; Enoch; Abraham; Isaac; Jacob (Israel); Ishmael; Rachael; Esau; Joseph; Pharaoh.
The Garden of Eden; Babel; Egypt; Sodom & Gomorrah; Salem; Canaan
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.(Gen 1:3)
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Gen 2:7)
“No longer shall your name be called Abram,
But your name shall be Abraham;
For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. (Gen 15:5)
But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Gen 19:26)
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (Gen 50:20)
Descendant of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. (Gen 12:3, 17:19, 28:14).
He would come from the royal line of Judah (Gen 49:10, John 1:49)
Isaac represented him in Genesis 22
He was typified in Joseph in Genesis 37
The story of Genesis is one of the creation of the universe and all living things; to the subsequent rebellion and fall of man and the redemption offered by God through the coming messiah.
Sin enters through the eating of the fruit of the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ in the garden – something which had been expressly forbidden by God, and through it the expulsion from the garden of Eden and the first murder by Adam’s son Cain off his brother Abel.
Mankind is condemned thereafter to struggle with sin and death, whilst awaiting the promised redemption in the form of a Messianic Saviour (Gen 3:15).
The whole Earth is flooded to destroy all but Noah and his family in chapter 7, and the Tower of Babel is built – and the people scattered – in chapter 11.
Throughout the book of Genesis we see the birth and growth of the human race, from the early days of Adam & Eve to the later chapters where we see the entrance of the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – later Called Israel; and the entry into exile in Egypt.
Notes & Quotes:
Genesis is the first of the five books of the Pentateuch, each being mainly attributed to Moses.
There are many people today who would seek to place the book of Genesis firmly in the field of mythology; this would be a great mistake. This book offers Christians (and the rest of the world) an explanation for the mess that we now all in; in a word SIN. To treat the book of Genesis as anything other than the divinely inspired Word of God is to fall into error. Remove Genesis and you remove the concept of sin, and there-fore the need of a saviour.
It is natural for Satan to try this line of attack, for the best way to collapse a building is to erode away the foundation. Genesis is the foundation of the Bible, to remove it is to collapse the building.
This summary of the bible from genesis to revelation is a strong book, easily able to defend itself – even against the pseudo-science of evolution; now itself on the back-foot with the revelations of genetic science and the move towards ‘creationism’.