1. Use full page in blank book, copying as above.
2. Place number of page on which above studies begin in blank book. This serves as index.
OUTLINE FOR STUDY OF HISTORICAL BOOKS
1. Pictorial Device.
2. Kind of Literature.
3. Meaning of Name.
5. Beginning and Ending Dates.
6. Outline of Contents.
7. Key Verse.
8. Leading Thought.
9. Leading Phrases and Verses.
10. Leading Chapters with Names.
11. Leading Characters.
12. Leading Lessons.
13. What of Christ:
15. Items of Special Interest.
16. Individual Finds.
NOTES ON HISTORICAL OUTLINE AND ITS USE
Most of the books in the first four divisions will be studied with this outline as a basis. In the pursuance of these lessons the numbers left vacant in the outline are to be wrought out by the pupils. In recording the work in the blank book the first page is to be given to the pictorial device. One of these will be printed in its appropriate place. Let students prepare the others. Urge the pupils to use originality of thought and pen in producing them. The aim of the device is to impress by a simple picture the contents of the book as a whole. Under No.2 the kind of literature may be described, as history, law, discourse, biography, etc. Secure answers to Nos.2, 3, 4, 5 in Bible Dictionary. As a rule, Nos.7, 8, 9, 11, 12 will be given. Under No.10 part of the chapters will be named, and part are to be read and named by the pupils. After the pupils present the names of these chapters in class, one must be agreed upon, so that the names will be uniform. When the names of chapters are given in the outline, require the pupils to glance over the chapters and verify them. Under No.13 the foreshadowed facts of Christ are given, so as to manifest Him as the living center of the Book. Only the leading ones are selected. The teacher or pupil may add others. For convenience sake they are classified as follows: (a) Symbol; (b) Type; (c) Analogy; (d) Prophecy. Though the words symbol and type are not technically distinct, we have agreed to use the word symbol to designate an object or animal that prefigures Christ, as "star" or "lamb," and the word type to designate a person that prefigures Christ, as Melchizedek or Moses. We have also agreed to limit the symbols and types to those directly or indirectly mentioned in the New Testament. By analogy we mean a person who, though widely differing from Christ in many particulars, bears some one resemblance to Him in quality or deed. These analogies are not mentioned in the New Testament. The word prophecy in the outline is confined, then, to facts foretold regarding Christ. Under No.15 let the teacher call for five or ten (suit the number to conditions) items of peculiar interest, touching the literary form, events, facts, teachings, etc. This topic is in accord with the first article of the Creed recorded on the opening page of the book. Under No.16 let the teacher assign at least one chapter rich in contents for individual search upon the part of the pupils. Let the pupils record and number their individual finds. This in accord with the fifth article of the Creed. The purpose is to cultivate the "seeing eye" and to develop originality in Bible research.
I. Pictorial Device.
NOTE. -- In order to make the work and the method of recording it as clear as possible, the outline study of Genesis is printed in full, except the answers to the questions.
II. Kind of Literature: History.
III. Meaning of Name: Beginning.
IV. Author: Moses.
V. Beginning and Ending Dates: 4004 B.C. to 1689 B.C., making 2315 years.
VI. Outline of Contents:
1.1 to 11. God's Dealings with the Human Race.
2.12 to 50. God's Dealings with the Chosen Race.
VII. Key Verse: 1:1 in part: "In the beginning God -- "
VIII. Leading Thought: God before all and in all and over all.
IX. Leading Phrases and Verses:
4:9 -- "Am I my brother's keeper?"
15:1 -- "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."
18:4 -- "Is anything too hard for Jehovah?"
X. Leading Chapters with Names:
1. The Six Days of Creation.
3. The Temptation, the Fall and the Promise.
4. Cain and Abel.
6 to 8. The Flood.
22. The Sacrifice of Isaac.
23. The Wrestling of Jacob.
49. The Blessings of Jacob.
XI. Leading Characters. See Device.
XII. Leading Lessons:
1. God's Intimate Acquaintanceship with Man.
2. The Wide Influence of One Person. (Let teacher and scholar illustrate these.)
XIII. What of Christ:
(a) Symbol: (The blood of Abel. Heb.12:24.)
(b) Type: Adam. Rom.5:14.
(c) Analogy: Noah. Joseph.
(d) Prophecy: 3:15: "I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel."
12:3: "In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed." See Matt.1:1.
49:10: "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh come: and unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be."
1. Name the first two great institutions established by Jehovah.
2. Name the beginnings recorded in Chapters 3 and 4.
3. Name five facts mentioned about the Garden of Eden.
4. Name God's first recorded words, Satan's, Adam's.
5. Name the curses pronounced upon the serpent, upon the woman, upon the ground for man's sake.
6. Name the first blacksmith, the first musician, the first piece of poetry, the first city, the first and second tithers.
7. Give ages of Adam, Methuselah, Noah, Abraham, Joseph.
8. Name the cause of the flood and the number of people saved.
9. Name the three sons of Noah and the prophecies regarding the descendants of each.
10. Why did the people build the Tower of Babel?
11. Name the seven promises made to Abraham in Chapter 15.
12. By what quality was Abraham saved? 15:6. See Gal.3:8.
13. Who was Melchizedek? Hagar? Ishmael?
14. Name the wife and sons of Isaac.
15. In what two ways did Jacob mistreat Esau?
16. How long did Jacob serve for his wives and cattle?
17. Fill out the following diagram of Jacob's wives, concubines and children. See 35:23.
+ -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -+
18. Give origin, meaning and location of Mizpah.
19. Give the two chief reasons for the elevation of Joseph.
20. Name the dreams interpreted by Joseph.
21. Locate and give the substance of Judah's plea.
22. How many of the house of Jacob went down into Egypt?
NOTES ON THE QUESTIONS
These questions must needs be few in number. If the time permits, let the teacher add others. They are designed to be mere surface questions, to secure acquaintanceship with a few of the great facts. In assigning the questions on each book of the Bible let the teacher go over them with the class, seeking their knowledge (or imparting it) as to the chapters in which the answers may be found. If the class has the time and desires a more thorough acquaintance with each book, let each member prepare two "large" questions on each chapter, or upon as many chapters as they desire. The following questions on Chapter 1 will serve as examples: (1) Name the seven purposes of the lights. (2) State the number of times the word God occurs.
XV. Items of Special Interest:
1. The symmetry of the paragraphs in the record of the six creative days in Chapter 1.
2. God's notice of the human countenance.4:6.
3. The first piece of recorded poetry is degenerating, bloody.4:23, 24.
4. The word for "rooms," 6:14, in the margin is "nests" -- a primitive description.
5. The richness of the historical prophecy in 9:27.
XVI. Individual Finds:
Chapters 10, or 23, or 37, or all. Or each of these three chapters could be assigned to a third of the class.
SECTION I. INTRODUCTION
From personal knowledge and reading, from perusal of articles in Bible helps and dictionaries, write out in your own language a two-hundred-word description of the book as a whole, its purpose, its nature, etc.
SECTION II. NARRATIVES
(To be memorized and told, with care in regard to all details.)
1. Description of Job and His Household. Chapter 1.
2. First Interview between Jehovah and Satan.1.
3. First Test and Result.1.
4. Second Interview between Jehovah and Satan.2.
5. Second Test and Result.2.
6. The Three Friends.2.
SECTION III. GEOGRAPHY
Locate by chapter and verse, naming the thought, or fact, or person connected therewith, the following geographical terms: Uz, Sabeans, Chaldeans, Temanite, Shuhite, Naamathite, Buzite, Tema, Sheba, Ophir, Rahab, Ethiopia. (Locate chapter and verse by reference to concordance.) (Make record in blank book on same page as map.)
Draw full-page map, locating each place as far as known.
SECTION IV. NATURE OF JOB'S DISEASE
Write out the descriptions as narrated in the following verses: 7:5; 13:28; 19:20; 30:17, 18, 30. Describe in your own words the characteristics of the disease as noted in these verses. Give name of disease, as agreed upon by interpreters.
SECTION V. SPEAKERS AND SPEECHES
In order to secure a skeleton idea of the book write out the names of the speakers in consecutive order and the chapters containing the speeches. Space in each line could be reserved to fill in at a later study the general thought of each speech. At the close make any observations regarding the number and order of speeches. The following is a sample of the first four speeches:
Historical Introduction. Chapters I and 2
1. Job. Chapter 3.
2. Eliphaz. Chapters 4 and 5.
3. Job. Chapters 6 and 7.
4. Bildad. Chapter 8.
SECTION VI. THE ARGUMENT
Analyze the argument of Chapters 3 and 4. The following is a sample:
Job's First Speech. Chapter 3
1. A curse upon the day of his birth. Verses 1-10.
2. He questions why he should not have died at birth. Verses 11-19.
SECTION VII. THE CONCLUSION
Give narrative, with details, as recorded in Chapter 42:7-17.
SECTION VIII. QUESTIONS
1. Name three general lessons taught in the book about suffering.
2. What two things did Job do at the close of the speeches?
3. How did Job's condition after the test compare with that previous to the test?
4. Name eight facts regarding Satan gleaned from Chapters 1 and 2.
5. Locate and commit Job's two sublime statements of faith. (See Chapters 13 and 19.)
6. Name five kinds of people that Job helped.29:12-16.
7. Name six classes of people who spurned him in his trouble.19:13-19.
8. What two general statements about man does Job make? 14:1.
9. Select any six phrases that serve to indicate the life and customs of Job's time.
10. What writers of the Bible refer to Job and what is their estimate?
11. Read Chapter 38 and write out your impressions of it in concise statements, using fifty words.
12. Give three general reasons why the narrative of Job is to be received as an historical fact.