Content and Context Clues for the Books of the Bible (part 2)

Here’s the next installment for teaching our children the content and context of the books of the Bible! Click here for the context of this series.  Come back next week for all the Old Testament 1sts and 2nds!

HISTORICAL BOOKS

Joshua

  • About: battles, conquest
  • God leads His people to take over the land He promised to them.
  • Big stories: battle of Jericho, conquest of Canaan, division of the land
  • Author: Joshua or someone close to him
  • Time: immediately after Deuteronomy through Joshua’s death
  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Judges

  • About: leaders of Israel
  • Repeatedly, God’s people turn away from Him; God sends judgment; the people ask for help; God sends a deliverer (a.k.a. judge).
  • Big stories: Deborah, Gideon, Samson
  • Author: unknown, possibly Samuel
  • Time: after Joshua and before King Saul
  • “Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; … But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors…. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.” Judges 2:18-19

Ruth

  • About: love and devotion, redemption
  • Ruth, a widowed Moabite, becomes a part of Jesus’ lineage.
  • Big stories: Ruth follows Naomi, Ruth meets and marries Boaz
  • Author: unknown
  • Time: same as Judges
  • “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.’” Ruth 1:16
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