Sitting in the front row, as per usual, I diligently took notes. The class was Biblical Literature. I was a freshmen unaccustomed to college level studies- and had spent the previous years of schooling being one to raise my hand often.
Hand-raising on impulse was a hard habit to break, but my lack of Biblical knowledge was a good teacher.
One day, the professor asked a question about Moses and the Exodus from Egypt.
My hand shot up, probably trembling with excitement that I actually knew an answer.
Praise the Lord, he didn’t call on me! I was dead wrong. Plus, I realized the cartoon movie The Prince of Egypt wasn’t a literal translation…because that’s where I’d learned most about Exodus.
Looking back today, I still think Biblical Literature was one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken. It seemed like most everyone else in the class knew more than I did, and my questions during study sessions were often perceived as jokes.
How I wish I’d had Max Ander’s 30 Days to Understanding the Bible.
A blend of a workbook and an introductory guide, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible is a uniquely helpful tool for learning about the Bible. Anders keeps lessons short and simple so that basic facts can be thoroughly grasped.
The style of the book involves:
- Brief, engaging introductions to each chapter
- Review of what’s been learned so far, integrated with what’s about to be learned
- An outline with short paragraphs forming the new lesson
- Self-tests that build on each other for a comprehensive understanding of Bible basics
Topics covered in the book include:
- Differences between types of Bible books (ex: historical vs prophetic) and why it matters
- A timeline of Bible history as well as where Biblical events occur on that timeline
- 10 key elements of the Christian belief
- Helpful and essential Biblical geography and important figures
Amidst all the practical information Anders relays, he also helps readers grasp why the lessons matter. For instance, he illustrates a main point running throughout the Kingdom Era in Israel’s history by explaining:
“There are certain freedoms we can have, but they have corresponding bondages.”
I believe this book would be helpful for those who:
- Are unfamiliar with Scripture
- Have only a vague and cultural knowledge of Scripture
- Are familiar with some “user-friendly” books of the Bible but want to dig deeper
- Know many Bible verses and concepts but aren’t sure how to read Scripture themselves
30 Days to Understanding the Bible may also serve as a helpful review for those who have read and studied the Bible extensively.
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