I have added an audio track to the chapter on the contents of the Bible, a file that can be considered episode one of what I hope will become a podcast on the History and Literature of the Bible in a few years.
I hope you enjoy the addition. I have a delightful time making it. The theme music is my arrangement of a Spanish hymn: “Camina Pueblo de Dios” (roughly, “Walk on, oh People of God”).
The chapter on Israel and the Geography and History of the Ancient Near East is up and running. Learn about the environment in which the ancient nation of Israel existed and the changing world powers that pressured its existence. See how Israel dealt with pressure from Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Greece, and finally Rome. How did the changing history of the surrounding regions impact life in ancient Israel? Read this chapter to see.
As with the other chapters, there is a form at the end of this one to allow you to leave comments and questions.
I have published two sections of my chapter on Genesis, a brief introduction, and the section that I call the “prehistory.” The first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis are set in the time before writing was invented. They are based on oral traditions. Since history is essentially a written phenomenon, we can talk about such early narratives as prehistory.
As with the other chapters, there is a form at the end of each section to allow you to offer comments or ask questions.
This is a loaded question course. Its answer depends on the purpose of the reading. Someone reading for devotional reasons would not answer the same way as someone reading to better understand the history of the ancient world.
I publish a brief overview of the contents of the Bible on June 5. Please feel free to give any feedback you feel is helpful or ask any questions you would like answered. You can reach the page through the link above or from the table of contents.
At the bottom of the page there is form to allow you to leave feedback.
This site is growing out of my many years of teaching Biblical Studies at Bluefield College, NC State University, and Meredith College.
I am converting materials I used for those classes into a collection of electronic materials that I hope you will find useful in the coming months. When completed, this website will constitute a complete textbook for an Introduction to the Bible class.
UPDATE (March 13, 2018:
Yesterday I produced an audio recording of the chapter on the contents of the Bible. It may take a very long time to provide audio for all pages, but I hope to have enough recorded by this time next year to make the site useful as a podcast as well as simple web pages. As I record episodes, I will also revise the pages on which the episodes are based, hopefully improving the quality of the writing.