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Tidwell Bible Period by Period

A MANUAL for the Study of the Bible by Periods such as From the Creation to the Fall, From the Fall to the Flood, Flood to Abraham, Abraham to Egypt, Egypt to Sinai, etc.

Tidwell Bible Period by Period A MANUAL for the Study of the Bible such as From the Creation to the Fall, From the Fall to the Flood, Flood to Abraham, Abraham to Egypt, Egypt to Sinai, etc.

Tidwell Bible Period by Period

By Josiah Blake Tidwell

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

Josiah Blake Tidwell states “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Lev. 19:18). It is the final word in all right relations to others.” This statement in The Bible Period by Period, regarding the Laws of Moses, and echoed in the words of Jesus is the guiding principle by which Tidwell seems to have lived.

J. B. Tidwell was born in Alabama in 1870 to a modest family of farmers. He was educated at Alabama’s Howard College (now Samford University), earned a Master’s Degree from Baylor University in 1903, and did post-graduate studies through a correspondence program of the University of Chicago. He also received several honorary degrees. Tidwell served as the Chairman of the Bible Department at Baylor University from 1910 until the time of his passing in 1946. Among his writings are The Bible, Book by Book (1914), The Bible, Period by Period (1916), Genesis: A Study of the Plan of Redemption (1924), and John and His Five Books (1937).

This book, The Bible Period by Period (1916) is a companion to Tidwell’s The Bible Book by Book (1914). Both are college level introductory courses in Christian studies. They are each organized in outline form with question at the end of each chapter to guide the student in acquiring a comprehensive mastery of the material.

In preparing The Bible Period by Period in e-book format, the outline styles were edited for sake of e-text consistency and proofreading. Certain geographical place names were edited for consistent spelling. The rest of the text remains faithful to the original. For any errors in transcription, I sincerely apologize as the words of the author could hardly be improved upon.

Fredric Lozo
Mathis, Texas
April, 2005
Tidwell Bible Period by Period

Overview of Tidwell Bible Period by Period

A MANUAL For the Study of the Bible by Periods

by J. B. TIDWELL
Professor of Biblical Literature
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY PRESS
Waco, Texas
1916

Author’s Preface.
he author believes that the Bible is the word of God and that it is the inspired revelation of God’s will to men and of the plan which he has provided for their redemption. He believes that it contains instructions which alone furnish the basis of wise and worthy conduct both for individuals and for nations. He, therefore, believes that all men should avail themselves of every possible opportunity to acquaint themselves with its teachings and that all Christians should be faithful and even aggressive in their efforts to teach its truths.

Moreover, several years of teaching the Bible to a multitude of students has convinced the writer that what is needed most is a study of the Bible itself rather than things about it. Having this in mind this little volume presents only a small amount of introductory discussion. It offers instead a large number of topics for study and discussion. By following the suggestions for study which they offer the student may gain a working knowledge of the contents of Biblical history.

It is suggested that these outlines will furnish a basis of work for college and academy Bible classes. It is also hoped that it may be adopted for study in many Sunday School classes. If it shall be studied in the Sunday Schools according to instructions which the author will furnish, it will be granted college entrance credit in Baylor University. Women’s societies will find it well suited to their Bible study work.

The aim has been to make a companion book to the author’s “The Bible Book by Book.” The twenty one periods selected are only one of the many ways in which Bible history may be divided and lays no claim to superiority. If this volume shall prove as helpful as the sale of its companion book would indicate that it has been, the work incident to its preparation will be amply repaid.

J. B. Tidwell.
Waco, Texas. 1916

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter I.   From the Creation to the Fall.

Problems solved. Creation of man. Man’s hope and occupation. The temptation. The fall and punishment. The hope offered. Teachings of the story. Topics for discussion.

Chapter II.   From the Fall to the Flood.

Cain and Abel. Cain and Seth, two races. The great wickedness. Noah God’s chosen man. The Ark. The flood. The sacrifice and rainbow covenant. Confirmation of tradition and geology. Teachings of the period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter III.   From the Flood to Abraham.

Noah’s shame and prophecy. The Tower of Babel. The location of this tower. Specific purpose of the tower. Traditions of such a tower. The civilization of the ancient world. Two great empires of antiquity. Language and literature. Motive of their civilization. Lessons of the period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter IV.   From Abraham to Egypt.

Events of the period. Purpose of the narrative. Conditions of the times. Confirmations of Biblical records. Experiences of Abraham. The character of Abraham. The character and career of Isaac. Stories about Jacob. Stories about Joseph. Death of Jacob and Joseph. Social and religious conditions of the times. The book of Job. Lessons of the period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter V.   From Egypt to Sinai.

Israel in Egypt. Moses the deliverer. The great deliverance. Crossing the Red Sea. Journey to Sinai. Lessons of the period. Topics.

Chapter VI.   From Sinai to Kadesh.

Mount Sinai. The Sinaitic covenant. Purpose of the Mosaic Law. Several parts of the law. Journey to Kadesh-Barnea. Twelve spies. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter VII.   From Kadesh to the Death of Moses.

The pathos of the forty years. Events of the forty years’ wandering. Final scenes at Kadesh. From Kadesh to Jordan. Prophecies of Balaam. Last acts of Moses. Last scene on Moab. Significance of the work of Moses. Lessons of the period. Topics for discussion. .

Chapter VIII.   Joshua’s Conquest.

The facts of history recorded. The story in three parts. The land of Canaan. Crossing Jordan and fall of Jericho. The complete conquest of Canaan. Cruelty to the Canaanites. Character and work of Joshua. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter IX.   The Judges.

Characteristics of tie times. The Judges. Ruth the Moabite. Other nations. Outline of the narrative. Ethical and religious standards. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter X.   The Reign of Saul.

Demand for a king. The principle of the kingdom. Saul, the first king. Saul’s great achievements. Saul’s decline. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XI.   The Reign of David.

His reign over Judah. Reign over all Israel. His great sin and its bitter consequences. David’s inspiring career. His last days. Psalms. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XII.   Solomon’s Reign.

Riddle of Solomon’s character. His policies. Solomon’s building enterprises. Solomon’s writings. Nations surrounding Israel. Evidences of national decay. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XIII.   The Divided Kingdom.

The division of the kingdom. Comparison of the two kingdoms. Kings of the Northern kingdom. Kings of Judah. Important events in the history of Israel. Principal events in the history of Judah. Relation between the two kingdoms. Messages of the prophets of this period. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XIV.   The Kingdom of Judah.

The kings of the period. Principal events of the period. Prophets of the period and their messages. Teachings of the period. False prophets. Great religious revivals of this period. Wealth and luxury. Contemporary nations. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XV.   The Captivity of Judah.

The ten tribes lost. Judah led into captivity. The period of the captivity. The fugitives in Egypt. Exiles in Babylon. The prophets of the exile. Benefits of the captivity. Lessons of the period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XVI.   The Restoration.

Scripture analysis. Predictions of the return. Rise of the Persian Power. The Decree of Cyrus. Three Expeditions to Jerusalem. Prophecy of Haggai and Zechariah. Prophecy of Malachi. Story of Esther. Synagogues and Synagogue worship. Significance of the period. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XVII.   From Malachi to the Birth of Christ.

The close of Old Testament History. Persian period. Under the rule of Greek kings. Period of independence. The Roman period. Entire period. End of the Period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XVIII.   From the birth to the Ascension of Jesus.

The story of the period. The childhood and youth of Jesus. The beginnings of Christ’s Ministry. Early Judean ministry. Galilean Ministry. Perean Ministry. Final Ministry in Jerusalem. The forty days. Teaching of the period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XIX.   From the Ascension to the Church at Antioch.

The Book of Acts. Principal events of the period. Organization and control of the early church. Persecutions of the church. Growth and influence. Extension of the Gospel to the Gentiles. Teachings of the period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XX.   From Antioch to the Destruction of Jerusalem.

The changed situation. The divine call. Time and extent of Paul’s journeys. First missionary journey. Second missionary journey. Third missionary journey. At Jerusalem. At Caesarea. Paul at Rome. Epistles of this period. Lessons of the period. Topics for discussion.

Chapter XXI.   From the Destruction of the Temple to the Death of the Apostle John.

The period of history. Destruction of Jerusalem. From A. D. 70 to A.D. 100. Literature of the period. Death of John and end of scripture history. Period lessons. Topics for discussion.

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