A Brief History of Israel

The Old Testament tells the story of God's chosen people Israel, and is filled with great narratives and memorable characters. In this five part series 6 to 7 pm on Wednesdays, April 11 to May 9, 2007, we surveyed the major people, places, and events in the Hebrew Bible from an adult perspective.

This 5-part series was developed to meet a growing need for biblical literacy. Many Christians today are unfamiliar with the stories and history that form the foundation of their faith that are found in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. The goals for this series were to acquaint the audience with the essential stories found in the Hebrew Bible and to do so in a way that would tune their ears to biblical cadences and rhythms. Each session generally included: (1) a stripped-down version of the NRSV text of the Bible presented as a dramatic reading, (2) a PowerPoint presentation providing visual information that coordinated with the dramatic reading, (3) a handout of “Top Texts”, and (4) additional handouts (sessions 1 & 3).

In addition, the PowerPoints as presented made use of the resources provided in the NIV Archaeological Study Bible, Zondervan (2005).

The series was written and led by Linda Monyak.

Downloads: Presentations

1. Abram to Egypt

2. Exodus to Promised Land

3. The Era of Kings

4. To Babylon and Back

 

5. Stories the Israelites Told

Downloads: Dramatic Readings

1. Abram to Egypt

2. Exodus to Promised Land

3. The Era of Kings

5. Stories the Israelites Told

Downloads: Top Texts

1. Abram to Egypt

2. Exodus to Promised Land

3. The Era of Kings

4. To Babylon and Back

5. Stories the Israelites Told

Downloads: Other Handouts

Abraham's Family

Kings of Israel