Summary of the study material - 2

Session 2: What sort of books are in the Bible?

Questions:                                          

  • What sort of literature do we find in the Bible?
  • How do we know which books are which sort?

Read Genesis 2:8-9; Genesis 3:1-7 and 14-15

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’

But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

The Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.’

  • What questions do you have about the story?

NOW WATCH VIDEO: ‘JEWISH MEDITATION LITERATURE’ (find it on https://bibleproject.com/videos/bible-jewish-meditation-literature-h2r/

NB We’ve missed out one video from the original series, as it is largely repeated at the start of this one.

 

Questions:

  • How can we find the Bible speaking to us? How about ‘muttering’ … thinking … discussing?
  • Does the Bible help you live as a Christian?  How?

 

Read Judges 6: 36-40

Gideon said to God, ‘In order to see whether you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said, I am going to lay a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said.’ And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water. Then Gideon said to God, ‘Do not let your anger burn against me, let me speak one more time; let me, please, make trial with the fleece just once more; let it be dry only on the fleece, and on all the ground let there be dew.’ And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.

  • What lessons do you learn from this story?

NOW WATCH VIDEO: ‘PLOT IN BIBLICAL NARRATIVE’ (find it on https://bibleproject.com/videos/plot-biblical-narrative/

Questions:          

  • Are there right and wrong ways to read Bible stories?  What are they?
  • How do we fit the different parts of the Bible into the ‘big picture’?
  • How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t see why they should bother reading it at all?