Whole Bible Survey: Part 1 (Old Testament)

A complete survey of the Bible. Part 1 (of 3): its history, timeline, and themes in the book of Genesis
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Instructed by Charles Vogan Academics / Humanities
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  • Contents Video: 4.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

The Beginner’s Bible Survey is an introductory course (intended for the first "semester") on the Bible that, in an easy-to-follow format, presents all the important themes of the entire Bible and ties both Old and New Testaments into one story. There is a wealth of information here for those who are interested in where the Bible came from, the history of Israel, the beginnings of the Church, and even the Bible’s description of the end of time. It's a “fundamentals” survey, which means that anyone from high school level upwards will be able to benefit from it.

It is non-denominational, it is not sermons – it’s simply approaching the data of the Bible as a textbook, according to the way the Bible presents itself.

Included within Part One of the Survey is:

Introductory material:
• The background of how the Bible came to be
• The eight stages of history of the Old Testament
• The geography of the Bible
• A simple outline of the entire Bible

The Torah: Themes of the five books of Moses
• The Creation process
• Sin and Death
• The Covenant with Abraham
• Moses and Deliverance
• The Name of the LORD
• The Law of Moses
• The role of the Witness in Scripture

Each lesson consists of an informative and engaging video in which the instructor walks you through the concepts, carefully explaining what the ideas are and what they mean for the message of the Bible. Along with the video, you can download the appropriate section of the textbook Mystery Revealed: A Beginner’s Bible Survey, the original text written by the instructor. Then each lesson provides a quiz covering the material in the video lecture, designed to help summarize and enhance your understanding of the concepts.

Your understanding of the Bible, and the God that it describes, will suddenly become fuller and richer after covering this course!

(The instructor's Part Two course continues the OT, and the Part Three course covers the NT)

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  • Bible

What am I going to get from this course?

  • identify the themes of the Bible
  • list the major steps in Old Testament history
  • describe the makings of the Bible

What is the target audience?

  • high school and upward

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Bible
12:37

This video describes the Beginner's Bible Survey video series. It introduces the various topics that the student will be presented with across the entire series, including the courses Whole Bible Survey: Part Two and Whole Bible Survey: Part Three which follow this course, Whole Bible Survey: Part One.

Section 2: Old Testament Background
11:23

The Bible itself has a long history of formation and transmission. In this video we cover the two languages that the Bible was written in – Hebrew and Greek – and the process of manuscript creation, copyists and their errors, manuscript families, and finally the translation process of putting the original texts into our own language. (Part 1)

12:18

The Bible itself has a long history of formation and transmission. In this video we cover the two languages that the Bible was written in – Hebrew and Greek – and the process of manuscript creation, copyists and their errors, manuscript families, and finally the translation process of putting the original texts into our own language. (Part 2)

Background on the Bible
13 questions
19:04

The stories recorded in the Bible center on events that happened in the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean area. Here we cover the geography and climate of Bible times, the sections of the land of Israel itself and how they affected the events. Next we examine the six types of literature in the Bible and how to derive the most benefit from each type. Finally we look at the culture of the Bible – not only that of the Israelites but also the surrounding cultures and what effect these had on God's people in their walk with him.

Geography and Literature
19 questions
10:40

The history of Israel, as recorded in the Old Testament, can be a confusing mass of events and details unless we back up and look at the broad historical sweep, beginning with Creation and following the Nation to their status at the time of Christ. In this video we will learn the eight stages of that history, and the formative effects that each stage had on their religious development over the centuries. (Part 1)

13:12

The history of Israel, as recorded in the Old Testament, can be a confusing mass of events and details unless we back up and look at the broad historical sweep, beginning with Creation and following the Nation to their status at the time of Christ. In this video we will learn the eight stages of that history, and the formative effects that each stage had on their religious development over the centuries. (Part 2)

Old Testament History
25 questions
19:31

Since the Bible itself claims that it is the product of one author (God), there should be one storyline running from Genesis to Revelation. There are sixty-six books within the Bible, but when we "erase" the boundaries between them, we can see a single plot running from beginning to end. In this video we learn that there are three main sections in the Bible's story; each section is examined and understood in context of the overall Biblical theme.

Quiz on Whole Bible Outline
18 questions
Section 3: The Books of Moses
12:57

The Bible presents God’s own version of the Creation of the Universe; the secret to unraveling the mystery is to slow down and look at the details carefully. In Genesis 1, we learn about three primary methods that God used to create the world. Once we have identified those, we will see those same three methods used all through the rest of the Bible as the Creator has continued to work in the physical and spiritual realms. (Part 1)

14:22

The Bible presents God’s own version of the Creation of the Universe; the secret to unraveling the mystery is to slow down and look at the details carefully. In Genesis 1, we learn about three primary methods that God used to create the world. Once we have identified those, we will see those same three methods used all through the rest of the Bible as the Creator has continued to work in the physical and spiritual realms. (Part 2)

Quiz on Creation
13 questions
14:42

The whole Bible centers around a single problem: sin, and the death that results from that. Everything in the Bible focuses on solving that problem. Here we examine what exactly happened at the beginning of the human race that brought us into this dilemma – with an exact definition of sin, the lie that led us into it, and the inevitable results of sin. With this beginning groundwork we can better understand the rest of the Bible's themes as they address this one issue.

Quiz on Sin and Death
13 questions
14:08

The solution to sin and death starts with the story of Abraham and the Covenant that God made with him and his Family. According to the Bible, the Covenant's blessings are nothing less than the Gospel of Christ. Here we look at the four terms of the Covenant, how God started fulfilling those terms in Abraham's life, how they were fulfilled during the history of Israel, and finally what the four terms of the Covenant mean for the Christian Church. (Part 1)

08:49

The solution to sin and death starts with the story of Abraham and the Covenant that God made with him and his Family. According to the Bible, the Covenant's blessings are nothing less than the Gospel of Christ. Here we look at the four terms of the Covenant, how God started fulfilling those terms in Abraham's life, how they were fulfilled during the history of Israel, and finally what the four terms of the Covenant mean for the Christian Church. (Part 2)

Quiz on the Abrahamic Covenant
18 questions
19:44

Abraham's family grew into a nation, but early in their history they found themselves helplessly enslaved by Pharaoh and the Egyptians. In order to carry out his promises to their forefather Abraham, the Lord delivered them from Egyptian slavery, destroyed their enemies, led them to Mt. Sinai and gave them his Law, thereby forming them into the nation of the people of God. This video examines that process of deliverance in detail and shows the universal pattern of salvation for all of God's people.

Quiz on Moses and Deliverance
15 questions
20:09

Israel's God differentiated himself from other gods by his Name. The Names of the Lord describe what the Biblical God is like, and the kinds of works he does. In this video we learn about the revelation of the Name of the LORD to Israel, what the purposes of his many names are, the special meaning of Yahweh, the residence of the LORD's Name in the Temple, and how Jesus fulfills that special Name in his own ministry.

Quiz on the Name of the LORD
17 questions
10:17

The Law of God can be confusing to modern Christians. But its purpose has always been the same, in Israel's history as well as in modern times. Here we look at the giving of the Law, the three purposes of the Law, the real problem about keeping the Law of God, the spiritual intent of the Law, and the only way that a person can live up to "the righteous requirements of the Law." (Part 1)

15:28

The Law of God can be confusing to modern Christians. But its purpose has always been the same, in Israel's history as well as in modern times. Here we look at the giving of the Law, the three purposes of the Law, the real problem about keeping the Law of God, the spiritual intent of the Law, and the only way that a person can live up to "the righteous requirements of the Law." (Part 2)

Quiz on the Law of Moses
15 questions
09:42

God having witnesses on hand was a legal maneuver in order to establish the truth about who he is and what he does. Witnesses were present at all of the works of Israel's God. The entire Bible is a collection of their testimonies. This video examines the legal role of a witness, God's use of witnesses all through Israel's history, various examples of God having thousands and millions of witnesses present, and the only way to legally discount a witness's testimony. (Part 1)

16:54

God having witnesses on hand was a legal maneuver in order to establish the truth about who he is and what he does. Witnesses were present at all of the works of Israel's God. The entire Bible is a collection of their testimonies. This video examines the legal role of a witness, God's use of witnesses all through Israel's history, various examples of God having thousands and millions of witnesses present, and the only way to legally discount a witness's testimony. (Part 2)

Quiz on the Witness
13 questions
Section 4: Part One - Summary
Part One - Summary
02:22

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Instructor Biography

Charles Vogan, Bible instructor

Charles Vogan has been teaching the Bible for the last 40 years in many venues.

He has earned a BA in Bible from Eastern Mennonite College, an M.Div. with a minor in Missions from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS; a Ph.D. (unaccredited) from International Bible College and Seminary (Independence, MO), and is presently pursuing a Th.M. degree in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

He has been an occasional conference speaker for various interdenominational organizations. He also served in two churches as Pastor a total of ten years, and not only kept a full program of Bible studies going in the churches but also in the local university with college students.

Vogan was also the Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Washington Baptist University in Annandale, VA for 2 1/2 years, both on the college and seminary levels.

It was during his first pastorate that he began writing his books. To date he has written 36 titles in the area of Biblical Studies – ranging from basic Bible Studies to college-level texts, covering a full range of subjects from book studies to surveys to specialized thematic studies. His latest work is a full-scale Biblical Theology (600 pages), a “capstone” of 40 years of working out the message of the Bible. Published under his own trade name of Ravenbrook Publishers, almost all of these titles are available on Amazon, iTunes and Kindle.

He has also recorded over 50 hours (over 150 videos) of class and presentation videos and successfully used them in teaching students at both the college and seminary level.

In addition to the Biblical Studies, he has written a half-dozen other books on astronomy, amateur radio, historical atlases, and even a children’s book! Besides writing and publishing his own materials for teaching the Bible, he is also a portrait artist, woodworker, avid motorcyclist, and radio amateur.

He is married with six children and twelve grandchildren.

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