Hi, Bible geeks. Lots of stuff is happening at the Overview Bible Project: I’m wrapping up our second ebook (a study guide to the book of Hebrews), Laura and I are making specs for our first non-digital product (shhhh!), and we’re thorax-deep in the process of moving from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado Springs.
Why the move? Well, I just got a new job at David C Cook, a Christian publisher that’s been making Sunday-school curricula for longer than the Kranzes have been on the American continent. I’m running inbound marketing for them, which means more blogging for me. I am quite OK with this.
The new job and new location give us even more opportunities to make the Overview Bible Project even better for you, but you, our readers, gave us a pretty big opportunity just last week. There are now so many of you on our email list, we had to upgrade our email software plan! And that gives us some pretty cool new abilities.
For example, now we can start offering email courses: where we send you something a little more tailored than our general email newsletter—something that builds and builds your Bible knowledge.
And since you gave us this opportunity, I figure you should make the call on what the first email course should be.
Melchizedek is one of the most intriguing characters the Bible says almost nothing about. He’s only mentioned in three books of the Bible, but the conversation surrounding Melchizedek is expansive.
You’ve heard some people say Melchizedek is Jesus. You’ve heard some people say he’s just a guy who worshiped God. You’ve probably heard all kinds of ways Melchizedek’s life applies to yours.
He’s a mysterious figure, and I’ve found that mysterious Bible figures (like Michael the archangel) attract a lot of speculation, which ends up spreading some extra-biblical ideas. This means that when we sit down to study someone like Melchizedek (or a passage that mentions him), we’re often looking through folklore-tinted lenses.
Started reading a book of the Bible and wound up super confused 5 minutes later?
Wondered how to introduce a book of the Bible to your youth group?
Encouraged your kids to spend time in the Word, but couldn’t tell them where to start?
If so, here’s a handy starting point.
Pick a book of the Bible and read it all the way through, looking for the “3 As”:
Author: who wrote the book?
Audience: who was supposed to read it?
Aim: why was it written in the first place?
“Dude, is that all you got?”
You’re right: this is a pretty short post for me. But I promise it’s for a good reason. Laura and I got so many encouraging responses on our guide to the 12 apostles that we’re working on a new series of Bible-study guides with more content to help you get to know the books of the Bible better.
And the first one is coming up soon. In fact, I’m taking a break from it to write this post (and maybe brew another French press).
If you want to stay in the loop and even get a sneak peek at what’s next, you should join my email list. I’d love to keep you in the know!
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