The First Five Books of the Bible Summarized in 90 Words

The first five books of the bible, summarized in 90 words:

We may summarize the Pentateuch [Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy] as follows.

  1. Genesis is a book of origins. It describes the beginnings of the universe and the origins of God’s people.
  2. Exodus traces the salvation of his people, who are helpless to save themselves.
  3. Leviticus calls for holiness as the only natural lifestyle for the Israelites and as the only possible response to God’s grace.
  4. Numbers is a book of wanderings in which God’s people suffer the consequences of their unbelief. But the story ends on a positive note, when
  5. Deuteronomy presents a program for renewal.

Encountering the Old Testament, p.66, formatting added.


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