Old Testament Narrative

Old Testament Narratives are units of thought that fit within the larger framework of an Old Testament Book.

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Genesis 4:1-16

Genesis 4:1-16 Locate the passage This passage records the first events after mankind was expelled from the garden. Some English translation complete this section in 4:15. However, the more logical pericope is 4:1-16. First, the break in the Hebrew text is aft... Read More »

Genesis 3:8-24

Genesis 3:8-24 Locate the passage This pericope demonstrates the consequences of sin. It takes place in the garden and is the last moments for mankind in the garden. Genre The passage is a narrative. The conversations recorded are between the Lord and Adam, th... Read More »

Genesis 3:1-7

Genesis 3:1-7 Locate the passage This passage is the account of the fall. Note how the nakedness of 3:7 is juxtaposed by the nakedness of 2:25. It explains the origin of sin and its consequences on mankind. It anticipates the consequences of the man and woman ... Read More »

Genesis 2:18-25

Genesis 2:18-25 Locate the passage The passage is part of Day 6 of creation. It is part of the narrowing focus on this day that began in 2:4. This was a busy day. Genre The passage is narrative. The divine conversation in 2:18 appears directed to the Godhead a... Read More »

Genesis 2:4-17

Generation II: The Generations of the Heavens and the Earth Genesis 2:4-17 Locate the passage This pericope is a close-up examination of Day Six of creation. This is the first of eleven occurrences of the word “toledoth” which outlines the structure of the... Read More »

Genesis 1:3-2:3

Generation I: In the Beginning Gen. 1:3-2:3 Locate the passage This pericope contains the days of creation and the Divine assessments of them. The division through 2:3 concludes the first 7 days. Here are recorded the six days of creation and the Sabbath day o... Read More »

Genesis 1:1-2

Genesis 1:1-2 Locate the passage Genesis 1:1-2 record the first words of Scripture. They are page one. This section is the first of the Divisions.[1]Genesis is comprised of 10 divisions. All subsequent divisions are marked by the occurrence of the Hebrew word,... Read More »

Living a Life of Obedience

SWBTS Chapel sermon called Living a Life of Obedience by Dr. Mark Howell. Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Malachi

I have to be honest and say that within my lifetime, I haven’t heard too many sermons from the book of Malachi. Typically, the primary verse found in every stewardship sermon, or the moment in worship where scripture is read before tithes and offering, or th... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Zechariah

Keep it epic. That’s my humble advice when reading or preaching prophetic literature. Keep it epic because it is. These prophetic books are largely narrative. They should be interpreted and preached mostly as narrative. Yes, keeping in mind the nature of and... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Haggai

Unfortunately a great deal of preaching from the Old Testament is relegated solely to well known texts and longer books. The Minor Prophets in general receive little notice outside of the ever quotable lines in Amos, fundraising, and divorce prevention in Mala... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Zephaniah

Introduction If history teaches us anything, it is that people often do not take the warnings they are given seriously. We see this as parents warning our children, we see it when the meteorologists warn about approaching storms, and we see it when people are ... Read More »