Old Testament Writings and Prophets
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Name the books that are written in a poetic style?
The books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are writtenin a poetic style.
The book of Psalms is made up of what?
The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 songs and poems, which many were used in Israel's worship.
Which Literature gives counsel in the living of life and attempts to make sense of the problems people face?
Wisdom literature gives counsel on the living of life and attempts to make sense of the problems people face.
Which book reflects on the vanity of human life?
Ecclesiastes reflects on the vanity of human life.
As a result of a test Job, what did Job lose?
Job loses his family, wealth, and his health.
In Job 42, why did Job pray?
Job turns from his accusations against God and prays God will be merciful to his friends.
Which book is also called the Bible's Hymn-book?
Psalms is the Bible's hymn book.
How many compositions of Psalms does it contain?
It contains 150 poetic compositions or "Psalms" that vary widely in content and tone.
How many selections is the book of Psalms divided into?
- The Psalms are arranged in five large sections:
- 1. Psalms 1-41
- 2. Psalms 42-72
- 3. Psalms 73-89
- 4. Psalms 90-106
- 5. Psalms 107-150
Which Psalm is the longest?
Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm which calls God's word, "a lamp to my feet and a light to my path".
How many verses does the longest psalm have?
Psalm 119 the longest Psalm, has 176 verses.
Which Psalm and verse calls God's word "a lamp to my feet and a light to my path?"
Psalm 119 verse 105
What is another name for Psalms?
- Greek translation - Psalmoi
- Jewish (in book of Ketuvim) translation - Tehillim
List some situations which may evoke a need to pray.
Prayers for Help -
Many Psalms are prayers that God will help an individual or the community.
- Situations which evoke these prayers include sickness, betrayal, slander, abandonment, sin, and guilt.
- These Psalms give voice to deep human suffering while expressing confidence in God's power to help.
Which Psalm asks the Lord to hear my voice, out of the depths I cry unto you?
Psalm 130 says, "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, hear my voice."
According to the text, name another reason for praise?
Other reasons for praise include God's work of creation and his faithfulness to Israel.
Which Psalm expressed quiet trust in saying, "the Lord is my shepher, I shall not want?"
Psalm 23 expresses quietrt rust by saying, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures."
What does the last line of Psalm 150 say?
The last line of Psalm 150 says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!"
Which Psalm says "the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly is blessed?"
Psalm 1:1 says: "The man that walkers not in the counsel of the ungodly is blessed."
Which Psalm says "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from?"
Psalm 121:1 says: "I willlift up mine eyes unto the Hills, where does my help come from."
Which group of Proverbs commends the study of wisdom?
Proverbs 1-9 consists of poems that command the study of wisdom.
The collection of Proverbs is ascribed to whom?
- The collections of Proverbs are ascribed:
- to Solomon - Proverbs 10:1, 25:1
- to the wise - Proverbs 22:17
- to Augur - Proverbs 30:1
- to Lemuel - Proverbs 31:1
In the book of Ecclesiastes, name another word for the term "Preacher"?
In the book of Ecclesiastes, another word for the term "preacher" is "teacher".
Note: the main speaker in the book of Ecclesiates, identified by the translated name or title "Qoheleth", usually translated as "teacher" or "preacher" or "member of the assembly", introduced himself as "son of David, king in Jerusalem, however the author of the book is King Solomon.
The book of Ecclesiastes helps us to see the vanity of many earthly pursuits. The preacher wondered, "what profit has a man from all his labor in which he tolls under the sun?" Ecc1:3. There are two messages: 1) All is vanity - Ecc 1:2 and 2) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is thewhole duty of man." - Ecc 12:13
The writer of Ecclesiastes emphasizes that life is what?
The writer of Ecclesiates emphasizes that life is meaningless, full of vanity, and chasing after the wind. Ecc 1:14
Which book expresses the mutual love of a man and a woman?
The Song of Solomon expresses the mutual love of a man and a woman.
Name three of the Major Prophets listed in the books of Prophecy?
The three major prophets listed in the books of the Prophecy are Isiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
Name a book which was written by a minor prophet?
Books written by the 12 minor prophets were Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habukkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
Where can you find stories of the early prophets?
The stories of the early prophets are found in the books of Samuel and Kings.
- Samuel early prophets
- Gad 2Sam24:11
- Nathan 2Sam7:2
- Samuel 1Sam3:20
- Kings early prophets
- Ahijah 1Kings11:29
- Elijah 1Kings18:22
- Elisha 1Kings19:16
- Huldah 2Kings22:14
- Jehu 1Kings16:7
- King Solomon 1Kings3:5
- Micaiah 1Kings22:8
- Shemaiah 1Kings12:22
Isiah lived in which century?
Isiah lived in and around Jerusalem during the late 7th century.
The message of Isiah is included in the first part of what book?
The message of Isiah is included in the first part of the book of Isiah, Isiah chapters 1-5, and summarizes the prophets message.
What does Isiah chapters 40-66 offer to those in exile?
Isisah chapters 40-66 offer encouragement to those living at the end of the exile.
What does Jeremiah chapters 1-25 account?
Jeremiah chapters 1-25 recount Jeremiah's prophetic words and actions.
Jeremiah compares God's dealings with what?
Jeremiah compares God's dealings with his people to a potter molding clay.
What did Jeremiah wear around his neck to show people they should submit to Babylon?
Jeremiah wore a yoke on his neck to show people they should submit to Babylon.
What happened to Jeremiah as a result of this?
Jeremiah was arrested.
Lamentations is a collection of how many poems that mourn the fall of Jerusalem?
Lamentations is a collection of 5 poems that mourn the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BC.
What does Ezekiel 1-32 contain?
Ezekiel 1-32 contains warnings of judgement.
What priest was among those taken into exile in 597 BC?
Ezekiel is a priest who is among those taken into exile in 597 BC.
What concludes the book of Ezekiel?
The book of Ezekial is concluded with a vision of a restored city and sanctuary.
Name the three Hebrew boys that were thrown into the fiery furnance?
Shadrach, Mesach, and Abendego.
Why were 3 Hebrew boys thrown into the fiery furnance?
When the king of Babylon decrees that everyone is to worship an idol, Daniel's three companions refuse. They are thrown into a fiery furnace, but theh are not harmed.
Where was Daniel thrown?
Daniel himself is thrown into the lion's den when he refuses to pray to the king, but God preserves him.
The four beasts represent four empires. Name the four beasts and the four empires.
- Lion = Babylonian Empire
- Bear = Medo-Persian Empire
- Leopard = Greek Empire
- 4th Beast = Roman Empire
What century did Hosea prophesy in the Northern Kingdom?
8th century BC.
Note: the opening words of Hosea's prophecy place his ministry in the 8th century BC.
The book of Hosea portrays the dangers of the observance of religious ceremony without genuine devotion and commitment to the Lord. This leads to compromise, selfish ambition, and lack of integrity in one's personal activities and dealings. Hosea's message contained hope: with sincere repentance and asking of God's forgiveness, accompanied by renewed commitment to the Lord, God's people may find forgiveness and restoration to God's favor and blessings.
Why did God tell the Prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute?
God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute to dramatize how Israel has becomefaithless by worshipping other gods.
What was the name of the prostitute?
Gomer was the wife of the prophet Hosea.
Note: Hosea 1:2 refers to her alternatively as a "promiscuous woman", a "harlot", and a "whore" but Hosea is told to marry her according to Divine appointment.
Where was Amos from?
Amos was from Judah in the south.
Who conquered the Northern Kingdom?
The Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom, Israel.
Who conquered the Southern Kingdom?
The Babylonians conquered the southern kingdom, Judah.
List the 12 Minor Prophets.
- 1. Hosea
- 2. Joel
- 3. Amos
- 4. Obadiah
- 5. Jonah
- 6. Micah
- 7. Nahum
- 8. Habakkuk
- 9. Zephaniah
- 10. Haggai
- 11. Zechariah
- 12. Malachi
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