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Introductions to the Books of the Old Testament

This page contains links to articles which give helpful information about each of the books in the Old Testament. Each article includes information about the author and date of the book, together with relevant historical background information to set the book into its original context, as well as a description of the main themes of the book.

The links are listed in the same order as in the English Old Testament. Ultimately, I plan to add introductions to all thirty-nine books. At present, the introductions to about thirty of the books of the OT are included.

Pentateuch

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

History books

Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 & 2 Kings
1 & 2 Chronicles
Ezra & Nehemiah
Esther

Wisdom

Job
Psalms
Proverbs

Major prophets

Isaiah
I: Corruption of Judah (1:1-31) II: Sins of Judah (2:1 - 5:30)
III: Isaiah's Vision and Call (6:1-13) IV: Book of Immanuel (7:1 - 12:6)
V: Prophecies to the Nations (13:1 - 23:18) VI: The Day of the Lord (24:1 - 27:13)
VII: Folly of Trusting Egypt (28:1 - 33:24) VIII: The Choice: Desert or Garden (34:1 - 35:10)
IX: Historical Section - Assyria/Babylon (36:1 - 39:8) X: Book of Comfort - Introduction (40:1 - 66:24)
XI: Deliverance from Babylon by Cyrus (40:1 - 48:22) XII: Salvation through God's Servant (49:1 - 55:13)
XIII: Glorious Restoration of Zion (56:1 - 66:24)

Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Daniel
I: Daniel's training and testing (Dan 1:1-21) II: Dream of a statue (Dan 2:1-49)
III: The fiery furnace (Dan 3:1-30) IV: Nebuchadnezzar's pride and punishment (Dan 4:1-37)
V: Belshazzar's Feast (Dan 5:1-31) VI: In the lion's den (Dan 6:1-28)
VII: Four beasts and four kingdoms (Dan 7:1-28) VIII: The ram, he-goat and little horn (Dan 8:1-27)
IX: Daniel's prayer and 70 weeks (Dan 9:1-27) X: Vision of the future of Israel (Dan 10:1 - 12:13)

Minor prophets

Hosea
Joel
Amos
Jonah
Micah
Obadiah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi