Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Through the Bible

How many times have you started to study the whole Bible by beginning in Genesis intending to read or study all the way to Revelation? Did you get bogged down in Leviticus? Did you persist all the way but lost the big picture in all the detail? Well, this book is for you.

Author Ellsworth Kalas has crafted a skinny book with enormous value as an overview of the Bible story. He begins in Genesis to lay out the "plot," and he guides you through to the end with a big-picture summary of each book in the Bible.

This would be a great book for a short-term group Bible study. I'm not sure that a person not somewhat familiar with the Bible would understand it all, but it does have value as a way to get the grand sweep. By the way, The Grand Sweep is the title of Kalas' year-long Bible reading and study plan. I reviewed it on this blog here.

Published by Abingdon Press, this book is by J. Ellsworth Kalas, long-time Methodist minister, Bible scholar, and president of Asbury Theological Seminary (KY). I have had the privilege of hearing him preach and teach, and he is truly a knowledgeable, gifted writer and speaker. Buy the book at Cokesbury.com.

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