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Any translation of the Bible may be used with the Judah Bible Curriculum. We suggest a translation rather than a paraphrase, however. A paraphrase would be a good resource.

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I. THEMES OF THE BIBLE

The Bible has been divided into FIVE THEMES for your study. These themes are chronological and describe what is happening governmentally in the Bible as God governs and man responds to His government:

CONTENT: THEMES OF THE BIBLE

THEME 1. CREATION God creates man to bless.
Creation, fall, flood
Genesis 1-11

THEME 2. THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION BEGINS God prepares a people for Godly self-government and liberty.
Abraham, Moses, Joshua
Genesis 12-Ruth

THEME 3. THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL The people want an earthly king and slavery.
Saul, David, Solomon
I Samuel - Malachi

THEME 4. THE KINGDOM OF GOD Godís New Covenant, an internal kingdom.
Jesus, 12 Disciples
Matthew - John

THEME 5. THE EARLY CHURCH The increase of His government and peace will have no end. (Is. 9:6)
Pentecost, Apostles, Paul
Acts - Revelation

For each of these themes, we have isolated what we will call Bible Keys. In each time period you will study a few of the:
¨key individuals,
¨key events,
¨key institutions,
¨and key documents for each Theme. This will be done using the Key Sheets as described below under METHODS. Each key is studied with a view towards identifying the hand of God, the character of God, and the place of that key in His purpose for history. The study is then expanded using various resources and methods.

 
     
       
  WEEKLY THEME FOCUS GUIDE

You will be studying ONE Weekly Theme Focus each week, beginning with the Scriptures, and then expanding the study with commentaries, concordance, Bible handbooks, and other reference material. The Weekly Theme Focus Guide gives a week by week listing of theme focuses, corresponding concepts, and memory verses for your study.

We are using the "seed" principle. The seed contains everything that is needed to grow a great tree, adding only time, water, and nourishment. You will be learning the seed ideas and principles through the whole Bible, adding to your understanding as your study continues.

SCRIPTURE MEMORY

Scripture memory is an important part of Bible study. It is best to have the memory verses reinforce or clarify the context being studied. The scripture suggested each week with the Weekly Theme Guide is generally intended to be a statement of the weekly theme. It can be used as a memory verse, or another passage can be used.

II. METHODS

NOTEBOOKS

One of the main METHODS we will use is called the Notebook Approach. You will create and develop your own Bible Notebook through the study.

NOTE: The purpose of the notebook is not just for storing notes. The purpose of the notebook is to produce something of value and develop character qualities of creativity, productivity, excellence and organization, to be a producer not a consumer. The purpose is production, not paper storage.

You will need an 8 1/2" x 11" 3-ring notebook (2" rings minimum). Into this notebook will go daily and weekly research in such a form that the notebook will be of lasting value.

You will be building your Bible Notebook over time. This will become your Bible course. We suggest a 3" ring binder as it will fill up surprisingly quickly. You will put in it resources, insights, research, and materials you find that would be valuable for the future.

It is suggested that you obtain or create 5 notebook dividers and label them according to the 5 Themes of the Bible. This notebook will be your personal Bible Notebook that you can build in such a way that you take pride in it and can use it in the future. Think of it as writing a book of your Bible research. You will be able to teach others from this notebook.

Weekly, you will put one or two items (or more) into this notebook, describing the Weekly Theme Focus. These can be title pages, time lines, maps, illustrations from commentaries, writing exercises, essays, and especially key sheets. Each item should be a neat, completed product that communicates some aspect of your study about the Weekly Theme.

KEY SHEETS

You will study the Weekly Theme Focus by writing Key Sheets on the key individuals, key events, key institutions, or key documents involved.

The purpose of doing the Key Sheets is to learn to extract pertinent material from the text, analyze it, categorize it properly, and produce a reference sheet that can be used for future study. They are to aid research. We want to gain a thorough understanding of each key and each Theme Focus, understanding what it is and how it fits into Godís purpose and His overall picture.

Not all categories are necessarily filled up, but you should put down what information you see in the text. The categories are to stimulate thinking, not to fill in with equal amounts of verbiage.

Key Individuals and Key Events will be the Key Sheets used most often.

Key Institutions are groups of people and associations: nations, societies, families. We can talk about pre-Fall society and pre-Flood society. Egypt would be a key institution.

Key Documents are proclamations, documents, ideas, sermons, teachings, etc. Examples are the garden command, the curse, the Noahic Covenant, Ten Commandments, Sermon on the Mount, Great Commission, Paulís letters.

OTHER RESOURCES

With the JudahBible.com Online Bible Curriculum the Bible remains the primary text. You are studying the Bible.

Then you will want to make use of many various reference materials and outside resources also. Use them as resources. You should have a small concordance of your own. Commentaries, Bible dictionaries and handbooks, other curriculum materials, maps, timelines, the encyclopedia, and other books can all be used to augment your understanding of God's Word, Godís ways, Godís character, Godís purpose, and Godís requirements. They can be studied using the key sheets. Remember that though other materials are used as further resources, be sure to measure them by the Bible, not vice versa! Stick to the Scriptures! Many resources are referenced online.

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Your computer is an aspect of the resource for your study, but the notebook is the product of your activities, and Christian character is the product of your study. Remain focussed on producing the product, not just using the resources.

The Weekly Theme Focus may contain more than one Bible Keys. For instance, the Exodus would have Key Individuals, Key Events, Key Institutions, and Key Documents that could all be studied. Also, one Weekly Theme Focus may not be exhausted in only one week of study! This is why some keys are repeated in the overview. You wonít suffer from lack of something to study!

SUMMARY

With JudahBible.com Online Bible Curriculum we want to bear in mind that beyond the primary goal of knowing Jesus and His love personally in our lives, which is life eternal (John 17:3), we are also learning four main areas as we study through the Bible each year.

1. We are learning the hand of God in history, and the fact that He is sovereign and has supreme authority over the affairs of men and nations. As we study events, we are learning to discern what God is doing and why.

2. We are learning to recognize the hand of God in the lives of individuals. God has a plan and destiny for each person. As we study the lives of individuals, we are learning how God is fulfilling His plan in their lives and how their choices affect it. We then make application personally to our own lives.

3. We are learning the importance and Biblical basis for Christian self-government. This is simply the individual submitting to God's sovereignty. This is simply obedience to the Lord. Christian self-government must be taught, it will not be "caught". Self-gratification is "caught", producing anarchy and then tyranny. "But the fruit of the Spirit is self-control." (Gal 5:23)

4. We are learning the relationship between individual Christian character and national liberty.

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