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Discovering Malachi
April 14th, 2024
Background InformationThis book was written by a man named Malachi. We know nothing significant about this man other than that he wrote this book. “By Malachi,” in 1:1, means literally “by the hand of...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Zechariah
April 7th, 2024
Background InformationThe author of this book is Zechariah (1:1). He was “the son of Berechiah and the grandson of Iddo, who was also a prophet (1:1). Zechariah began his prophetic ministry in the eig...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Haggai
March 17th, 2024
Background InformationWe know surprisingly little about the author of this book, the prophet Haggai. Though he is named nine times in the book (1:1, 3, 12, 13; 2:1, 10, 13, 14, 20) and twice in the hi...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Zephaniah
March 10th, 2024
Background InformationWe don’t know much about the author of this book, but he does identify himself by means of a genealogy (1:1), tracing his ancestry back through four generations. This is a unique...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Nahum
February 25th, 2024
Background InformationA man named Nahum (1:1) delivered this message, a man from the city of Elkosh. This city (later renamed Elcesi) was located in southern Judah, near Moresheth, where the prophet M...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Micah
February 18th, 2024
Background InformationThis book and message was given by a man named Micah, who lived and served as a prophet during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, the Southern Kingdom of I...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Obadiah
January 7th, 2024
Background InformationObadiah is the shortest, smallest book in the Old Testament, containing only twenty-one verses. About the messenger, named Obadiah, we know almost nothing. His name means “servan...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Joel
December 10th, 2023
Though not the shortest of the Minor Prophets (Obadiah and Haggai are one and two chapters respectively), the three-chapter book of Joel is still quite brief, consisting of only three chapters. And wh...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Hosea
December 3rd, 2023
This book begins our study of what are called the Minor Prophets. By “minor,” though, we do not mean “less important.” Instead, we are referring to those Old Testament books of prophecy which are smal...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Daniel
November 27th, 2023
Some of the most well-known Bible stories and often-discussed Bible prophecies come from this Old Testament (OT) book. But what is the purpose of this book? Why were these stories and prophecies given...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Ezekiel
November 12th, 2023
Of the four major prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel – Ezekiel may seem like the most unfamiliar and elusive. In reality, however, it may be one of the most familiar, since a large amoun...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Jeremiah
November 5th, 2023
Jeremiah is the longest prophetic book in the Bible and the second longest book in all of Scripture, behind only Psalms. What is the purpose for this outsized prophetic record?Background InformationJe...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Isaiah
October 22nd, 2023
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Discovering Lamentations
October 15th, 2023
Like the Song of Solomon, Lamentations is uncomfortable to read, but it is uncomfortable for a very different reason. Whereas Song of Solomon is awkward and uncomfortable due to its openly romantic ma...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Psalms
August 27th, 2023
Psalms may be the most familiar, well-known book in the Bible. It is the largest book in the Bible, features the shortest (Ch. 117) and longest (Ch. 119) chapters in the Bible, and is quoted more time...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Chronicles
July 2nd, 2023
As with Samuel and Kings, though Chronicles appears as two books in our English Old Testaments, it was originally given as one unified book in Hebrew. Like these books, it gives detailed historical in...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Kings
June 11th, 2023
Like the book of Samuel, Kings was written as one complete book (though our English Bible divides it into two). It provides a continuation of Israel’s history from the end of David’s reign to the midd...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Samuel
May 21st, 2023
In our English Bibles, the Old Testament (OT) features a special six-book series: 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, and 1-2 Chronicles. These are actually three books in the Hebrew Bible: Samuel, Kings, and Chro...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Ruth
May 14th, 2023
A Series of Unfortunate EventsDoes the story of your life ever feel more like a tragedy than a triumph? Like a nightmare instead of a happy-ever-after? The book of Ruth begins this way – with a series...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Judges
April 30th, 2023
IntroductionHave you ever had one of those days that went from bad to worse? The book of Judges feels like one of those days, only it describes far more than one day! This period probably lasted from ...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Joshua
April 23rd, 2023
BackgroundThe book of Joshua serves as the sequel to the first five books written by Moses called the Torah (or “Law”). It serves as a climax to all that Moses had written.Joshua also begins a new Old...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Numbers
April 2nd, 2023
Two Names for the BookTwo names describe this fourth book of Moses. The Hebrew name is “In the Wilderness.” This name fits because the book describes the experiences of Israel as they journeyed from S...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller
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Discovering Leviticus
March 26th, 2023
IntroductionCan you guess which Old Testament (OT) book Jewish children studied first in the synagogue? The answer is Leviticus.Unfortunately this is not the case for believers today. If anything, we ...  Read More
by Thomas Overmiller

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