The Bible In 1000 words
Taken from: "30 days to understanding the Bible in 15 minutes a day!" Max Anders
I've been reading this book. VERY GOOD!! Might be biblical commentary, but still interesting.
Sorry for the odd format. :)
The Old Testament begins when God created Adam and Eve in a perfect paradise. They later sinned and were driven out of the Garden of Eden, forced to live "by the sweat of their brow" in an
imperfect world. As their offspring multiplied, sin also multiplied. Eventually, humanity became so sinful that, as judgment, God destroyed the earth with a universal flood, preserving only Noah and is immediate family on the ark to repopulate the earth.
Sin kept its hold over humanity, however, and once again people forgot God. As the years passed, God revealed Himself to Abraham (two thousand years before Christ), promising him a nation,
many descendants, and a blessing that would ultimately extend to everyone on the earth. Abraham
believed god and became the father of the Hebrew people. Abraham had a son, Isaac, and Isaac
had a son, Jacob. The promises God made to Abraham were passed down through Isaac and Jacob.
Jacob had twelve sons, and the promises were passed to all twelve sons, who became the fathers of
the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jacob and his family of about seventy people were living in the land of Canaan (1) when a famine
hit. They were forced to migrate to Egypt (2) to get food. In time, they became so numerous that
they were perceived as a threat by the Egyptian people, and the Egyptians enslaved the Hebrew
people for nearly four hundred years. Finally (approximately fifteen hundred years before Christ),
God raised up Moses to lead them out of Egypt. with many astounding miracles, including the
crossing of the Red Sea, they escaped Egypt and went to Mt. Sinai (3), where they received the Ten
Commandments. Then they rebelled against God again and, as a judgment, wandered in the
wilderness for forty years. When their time of judgment was up, they were allowed to enter the
promised land (4). Moses died, and Joshua led in the conquest of the land.
Israel lived in the promised land in a loose governmental system, ruled by judges, for the next four
hundred years. Samson and Samuel were the most famous judges. Then Israel insisted on
establishing a monarchy (approximately one thousand years before Christ), and the Hebrews were
ruled by kings for the next four hundred years. Saul, David, and Solomon were the first three kings,
who ruled over a united monarchy for 120 years (forty years each). when Solomon died, the nation
divided over the issue of taxation. There was now a northern kingdom, which kept the name Israel,
because a majority (ten) of the tribes were loyal to the north, and the southern kingdom, which was
called Judah, because Judah was by far the larger of the two southern tribes.
Because of the accumulating sin of Israel, Assyria, a nation to the northeast, came and conquered
Israel (5) and scattered many of the people throughout that part of the world (6). About one
hundred fifty years later, because of the accumulating sin of Judah, Babylonia came and conquered
Judah (7), destroyed Jerusalem, and took many of the people into captivity in Babylonia (8).
About seventy years later, Persia defeated Babylonia, who had previously defeated Assyria. Thus
Persia now ruled the entire part of the world from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea to
the borders of India. The king of Persia allowed the Israelites living in captivity in Babylonia to
return to Jerusalem (9) to rebuild it. Fifty thousand people returned (approximately five hundred
years before Christ), rebuilt the city, rebuilt the temple, and restored ceremonial worship of God.
They continued to live that way for the next four hundred years. During that time, Persia fell to
Greece, and Greece in turn fell to Rome. Rome was ruling that part of the world when Jesus was
The ministry of Jesus was preceded by the ministry of His cousin, John the Baptist, who warned the
Jews to get ready for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, near Jerusalem, in
fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Then Jesus and His parents, Mary and Joseph, moved back
to their hometown in Nazareth, in the northern part of the country, just west of the Sea of Galilee.
There Jesus lived an apparently normal childhood until the age of Thirty, when all teachers, by
Jewish custom, began their ministry. Jesus began His ministry in Jerusalem and in the surrounding
area of Judea. His ministry was highlighted by authoritative teaching and remarkable miracles.
Because of mounting opposition to His ministry on the part of the Jewish religious leaders, Jesus
went north to the area around the Sea of Galilee, making Capernaum on the north shore His home
base. Much of His three year ministry was conducted in the area around Capernaum, though many
events did not actually take place in Capernaum. Eventually, He returned to Jerusalem and, because
of the jealousy of the religious leader, was soon crucified. Three days later He rose from the dead,
and He showed Himself to His disciples several times over the next forty days. Then, with His
disciples gathered around Him on the Mount of Olives, just outside Jerusalem, He visibly ascended
He had commissioned His disciples to take the new message of salvation through Christ to
Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria (the surrounding regions), and to the uttermost parts of the earth.
The church was established in Jerusalem, and the first Christians were Jews. The church there was
overseen by Jesus' apostles. the spread of the gospel to the surrounding area and uttermost parts
of the earth focused primarily on the apostle Paul, who conducted missionary journeys into areas of
Asia Minor and Greece (10). Finally, Paul was arrested and taken to Rome, where he was eventually
executed for his faith. There were enough disciples however, not only in Jerusalem, but also in Asia
Minor, Greece, and Rome, that the message not only lived on, but it grew until it became the
dominant world religion.