Colossians is Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, a city in the region of Phrygia in modern-day Turkey. Colossae was under Roman control during the time of Paul, and Paul’s letter to the Colossians was written while he was in a Roman prison for preaching the Gospel.
Ephesians is Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, a major city in modern-day Turkey. Ephesus was known for its Greco-Roman culture and was a center for worshiping Greek and Roman gods. In the city center was the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Zephaniah was a prophet to the Southern Kingdom of Judah, who lived in the final decades before it was overthrown by Babylon. Verse one says that Zephaniah lived during the reign of King Josiah, one of the few faithful, God-fearing kings of Judah. Second Kings 22:2 says, “He did what was rig…
With just one chapter with 21 verses, Obadiah is the smallest book in the Old Testament. There is no background information given in Scripture on Obadiah, but it’s clear that Obadiah was a prophet, and the message God gave him was directed at the Edomites shortly after the Babylonian Empire …
The Book of Amos is a collection of the sermons, poems and visions of Amos of Tekoa, a shepherd and farmer who lived on the border of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel about 150 years after the kingdom split in two, during the reign of Jeroboam, a greedy, idolatrous and unjust kin…
The book of Daniel begins right after Babylon captured Jerusalem and took the first wave of Israelites into exile. Among them were four men from the royal family of David: Daniel, who would be renamed Belteshazzar by the Babylonians, and his three friends, commonly known by their Babylonian …
Ezekiel was an Israelite priest living in Jerusalem during the first Babylonian attack on the city. Ezekiel was among the first Israelites exiled from Jerusalem, and this book was written after God revealed Himself to Ezekiel while he was in exile. Ezekiel’s message is, like the other prophe…
The book of Proverbs is the first book of Biblical wisdom and includes hundreds of short sayings designed to teach every person how to live and act wisely. Each verse touches on a common area of life and shows us what kind of world we live in and what it looks like to live well before God an…
The book of Psalms is a collection of more than 150 ancient Hebrew poems, songs and prayers that come from all different periods of Israel’s history. Many of the Psalms were written by King David. Others were written by Solomon, some of Israel’s priests and other worshipers. There’s even a P…
The book of Job is set in a faraway land called Uz. The author of Job is anonymous, and the time in which the book was written is unknown. The ambiguity of the book’s setting is intentional. Rather than focusing on the historical details of the story, the author invites the reader to focus o…
Like First Chronicles, Second Chronicles is a lot of repeat content from earlier books of the Bible. Second Chronicles retells many of the stories of the kings who ruled Israel after David from First and Second Kings. Though we learn in First Kings that Israel divided into two kingdoms—South…
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