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2. History of Israel

Twelve historical books comprise about one-sixth of a one year read-through of the Bible. While reading, put the background, theme, and outline of these books into your own words and memorize.. Historical dates given here are approximate.

JOSHUA

Background

During the time of the Judges an eyewitness records the events of Joshua, successor to Moses.

Theme

The LORD is faithful in giving Canaan to the Israelites.

Outline

The Conquest and Settlement of the land of Canaan.

JUDGES

Background

During the lifetime of Samuel the events of the Judges were recorded.

Theme

Cycles of Israel's unfaithfulness and the LORD's faithfulness.

Outline

Introduction, 6 cycles, and moral decay.

RUTH

Background

Events took place during the time of the Judges and were recorded possibly during the reign of King David.

Theme

The particular mercies of God through the Kinsman Redeemer.

Outline

Departure and return, Ruth's work, the kinsman's redemption.

FIRST SAMUEL

Background

Written shortly after the reign of David, perhaps using earlier records and eyewitness accounts. Samuels and Kings are a continuous record.

Theme

The institution of the Monarchy and Prophets.

Outline

Samuel, Saul, and pre-king David.

SECOND SAMUEL

Background

Written shortly after the reign of David, perhaps using earlier records and eyewitness accounts. Samuels and Kings are a continuous record.

Theme

King David's reign.

Outline

David King in Hebron, Jerusalem, and the later years.

FIRST KINGS

Background

Probably written during the Exile using historical records.

Theme

God's faithfulness in dealing with Israel and Judah.

Outline

Reign of Solomon and the Early Divided Kingdoms.

SECOND KINGS

Background

Probably written during the Exile using historical records.

Theme

Events leading to the Exile.

Outline

Late Divided Kingdoms and Solitary Kingdom.

FIRST CHRONICLES

Background

Written after the Exile and Return, around 400 BC.

Theme

The establishment of the Davidic (eternal) Kingship.

Outline

Geneology from Creation to Exile and the Kingship of David.

SECOND CHRONICLES

Background

Written after the Exile and Return, around 400 BC.

Theme

Continuance of Davidic Kingship and Temple Worship.

Outline

Solomonís Reign and Judahís Kings.

EZRA

Background

Ezra records returns from exile of 538 and 458 BC.

Theme

The LORD restores a remnant of Israel.

Outline

Returns under Zerubbabel and Ezra.

NEHEMIAH

Background

Record of a third return under Nehemiah, 444-425 BC.

Theme

God establishes the returns from exile.

Outline

Restoration of the Wall and Restoration of the People.

ESTHER

Background

Events 483-473 BC during life of Esther, Jewish Queen of Persia.

Theme

God's preservation of the dispersed Jews.

Outline

Threat to the Jews and Triumph of the Jews

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Written by BrRon, updated 19 Jan 97