OUTLINE FOR STUDY OF PROPHETICAL BOOKS
2. Commission of Prophet.
3. Biographical Description of Prophet.
4. Title of Prophet.
5. Historical Place.
(a) Name of Kingdom.
(b) Names of Kings.
6. Outline of Contents.
7. Prophecies of Earthly Kings or Kingdoms.
8. Prophecies of Christ.
9. Prophecies of Christ's Kingdom.
10. Leading Phrases.
11. Leading Chapters.
12. Leading Teachings.
14. Items of Special Interest.
15. Individual Finds.
EXPLANATION. -- Under No.1 name whether major or minor. Under No.2 secure the points of the commission in references given. No.3 is to be gathered from the contents of the prophecy itself. Under No.4 work out from the prophet's life, character or message an appropriate title by which he may be remembered. Under letter (a) of No.5 state whether the message is to Israel or Judah. Under letter (b) name the kings during whose reigns the message was delivered. Topics 14 and 15 are the same as in the Historical Outline.
NOTES. -- The first prophecy to be taken up, that of Jonah, will be studied by a series of questions. In the succeeding prophecies the outline will be followed, though not so rigidly as in the case of the Historical Outline.
NOTE. -- The study of this book is by questions.
1. Draw full-page map, locating Joppa, Nineveh, Tarshish and his native place, Gath-hepher. See II Kings 14:25.
2. Name the three commands given to Jonah.
3. What two things did the sailors do when the storm was severe?
4. The waking of Jonah recalls what incident in the New Testament?
5. According to the sailors, what caused the tempest?
6. What plan was used to find the offender?
7. What words of Psalm 139 are recalled by Jonah's attempt to flee from God?
8. What four things do we know about the boat?
9. Who suggested the plan for calming the sea?
10. Name three results of the calm upon the sailors.
11. Give a name to the second chapter.
12. In what direction did he pray and why?
13. What phrase in Psalm 42 did he use in his prayer?
14. Mention three things named in the book regarding the size of Nineveh.
15. Name Jonah's message.
16. What four things did the king decree?
17. What quality did Jonah manifest at the repentance of Nineveh?
18. Name the petition of Jonah's prayer in Chapter 4.
19. How did the Lord answer this petition?
20. Explain the object lesson of the gourd.
21. What six things did Jehovah do, as narrated in the book?
22. In what two ways was Jonah a type of Christ? See Matt.12:38-41.
23. Why must we accept the story as true?
24. State four leading lessons of the book.
II. Commission: 3:1-9; 7:15. Analyze, narrate, record.
III. Biographical Description: 1:1; 7:14; 7:10-17.
V. Historical Place: See Bible Dictionary. Also 1:1, 2.
VII. Prophecies of Earthly Kingdoms: Chapters 1 and 2.
1. Draw full-page map, numbering in order and locating the eight cities and countries against which prophecies are uttered.
2. Name the prophecy common to all.
3. Prophecies against Israel.
(a) Name three sins.2:6-8.
(b) Name the class of people to whom the prophetic word is especially directed.3:11 and 15 and 5:11.
(c) Name three reasons why this people should obey God's law.2:10; 2:11; 4:6-11.
(d) Name the punishment prophesied.5:27.
IX. Prophecies of Christ's Kingdom. 9:11-15. Name four leading predictions therein. The teacher should mention the three possible interpretations of this prophecy.
X. Striking Phrases:
Find one in each of the third, fourth and sixth chapters.
XI and XII. Omit.
1. Name five things mentioned in Chapter 4 that God said He had done and yet they had not returned.
2. What is meant by the expression "cleanness of teeth" in 4:6?
3. What three parts of their worship did the Lord say He despised in 5:21-23? Why did He despise them?
4. What is meant by the expression "flood of Egypt" in 8:8?
5. What kind of famine is prophesied to come upon them in 8:11 and 12?
6. How many times does Amos refer to David?
7. By what four names does Amos describe the Northern Kingdom?
XIV. Items of Special Interest:
XV. Individual Finds:
Chapters 1, 2, 6.
II. Commission: Chapter 6. Analyze carefully.
III. Biography: 1:1; 8:1 and 3; 7:3; 20:2-4; II Chron.26:22 and 32:32.
V. Historical Place: 1:1. Add the lengths of the reigns.
1. Dark Prophecies regarding Earthly Kingdoms.1 to 35.
2. History of an Earthly Kingdom.36 to 39.
3. Bright Prophecies regarding Christ's Kingdom.40 to 66.
VII. Prophecies of Earthly Kingdoms: Babylon, Moab, Damascus, Egypt, Tyre.
Name the vivid descriptions, the predictions, fulfillment.
VIII. Prophecies of Christ: Name the predictions found in the following references. If time permits, classify them under these heads: (a) Genealogy. (b) Name. (c) Event. (d) Characteristic. (e) Work.
7:14; 9:2, 6, 7; 11:1-5 and 10; 28:16; 32:1; 40:11; 42:1-4; 49:2; 50:4, 5, 6; 52:14, 15. Three facts in the closing days of Christ's life in Chapter 53.
IX. Prophecies of Christ's Kingdom:
Note three leading characteristics predicted:
1. Chapter 35.
2. Chapter 60:1-14.
3. Chapter 60:15-22.
X. "Exceeding Great and Precious Promises":
1. Complete Cleansing.1:18.
2. Perfect Peace.26:2.
4. Abiding Strength.40:29-31.
5. Fruitage of the Word.55:10, 11.
XI. Leading Chapters:
23. Destruction of Tyre.
40. The Greatness of God and the Littleness of Man.
53. The Cross and Atonement.
55. The Gracious Invitation.
60. The Coming of the Nations to Christ.
XII. Leading Teachings:
1. The Incarnation of Christ.7:14 and 9:6.
2. The Atonement by blood.53:6, 5.
(Called by Luther "the little gospel." Note the four parts, by reading verse 6 first, then verse 5.)
3. The Transforming Power of Christianity. Chapter 35.
XIII. Items of Special Interest:
XIV. Individual Finds:
Chapters 1, 5, 12, 35, 36, 61.