The Structure of the Books of the Old Testament According to the Hebrew Scriptures.

I. THE LAW. (Torah)
A. GENESIS. The beginning. All produced by the Word of God (Gen.1:3). Israel as a "family" (Gen.15:1).
 B. EXODUS. History. Israel emerging from Families and Tribes to a Nation. Called "Hebrews" according
                      to their "tongue".
  C. LEVITICUS. Worship. Yahaveh in the midst. He, Israel's God; and they, His People.
 B. NUMBERS. History. Israel, now a "Nation", numbered, and blessed, as such (Ch. 23,24).
A. DEUTERONOMY. The end. All depending on the Word of Yahaveh. Israel regarded as "in the Land".


(The Former Prophets [Zech.7:7])
A. JOSHUA. "The Lord of all the earth" giving possession of the Land. Government under Priests. B. JUDGES. Israel forsaking and returning to God; losing and regaining their position in the Land. "No king". Bethlehem. Failure under Priests. C. SAMUEL. Man's king "rejected"; God's king (David)"established". D. KINGS. Decline and Fall under the kings.
(The Latter Prophets)
D. ISAIAH. Final blessing under God's king. C. JEREMIAH. Human kings "rejected". David's "righteous Branch" "raised up". B. EZEKIEL. God forsaking Israel, and returning in glory, to say for ever of His Land and City "Yahaveh-Shammah". A. MINOR PROPHETS. "The Lord of all the earth" giving restored possessions of the Land, and foretelling final and unending possessions.


(Kethubim, Writings)
A. PSALMS. Tehillim. "Praises". God's purposes and councils as to His doings in the future. B. PROVERBS. I.e., Rules: Words which govern or rule man's life. God's moral government set forth. C. JOB. "The end of the Lord" shown in Satan's death, and the saint's deliverance from tribulation.
(The Five Megilloth)
D. CANTICLES. Virtue rewarded. Read by Jesus at Passover; the Feast which commemorates deliverance from Pharaoh, the Israeli oppressor. E. RUTH. The stranger gathered in to hear of, and share in God's goodness in Redemption. Read at Pentecost, which commemorates God's goodness in the Land. F. LAMENTATIONS. "Alas!" The record of Israel's woes. Read at the Feast of the ninth of Abib. E. ECCLESIASTES. "The Preacher". The people collected to hear man's vanity. Read at the Feast of Tabernacles, which commemorated God's goodness in the wilderness. D. ESTER. Virtue rewarded. Read at the Feast of Purim, which commemorates the deliverance from Haman, "the Israeli enemy".

C. DANIEL. "God's judgment". Here are shown the final defeat of Antichrist (=Satan), and all the deliverance out of "the Great Tribulation". B. EZRA-NEHEMIAH. Men who governed and ruled God's People in the resettlement of the Land. A. CHRONICLES. Dibrae hayyamin. "Words of the Days"; or God's purposes and councils as to Israel's dongs in the past, and until the time of the end.

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