Themes of Old Testament Books

Genesis
• God chooses one nation to bless all nations
• Keyword: Beginnings

Exodus
• Deliverance from Egypt
• Keyword: Redemption

Leviticus
• Approaching a holy God
• Keyword: Holiness

Numbers
• Disbelief and disobedience
• Keyword: Wanderings

Deuteronomy
• Beware that you do not forget
• Keyword: Covenant

Joshua
• Entering the Promised Land
• Keyword: Conquest

Judges
•Leaders from Joshua to Samuel
• Keyword: Forgot

Ruth
Godliness illustrated
• Keyword: Kinsman-redeemer

1 Samuel
•Israel’s early kings
• Keyword: Rejection

2 Samuel
• Israel’s early kings
• Keyword: David

1 Kings
• Story of two kingdoms
• Keyword: Division

2 Kings
• Story of two kingdoms
• Keyword: Captives

1 Chronicles
• A spiritual perspective
• Keyword: Covenant

2 Chronicles
• Solomon and the kings of Judah
• Keyword: The Temple

Ezra
• Exiles returning to Jerusalem
• Keyword: The Temple

Nehemiah
• Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem
• Keyword: Jerusalem walls

Esther
Jews under threat
• Keyword: Providence

Job
The suffering of man / a loving God
• Keyword: Sovereignty

Psalms
• Hymn book of the Jews
• Keyword: Worship

Proverbs
• Practical moral instruction
• Keyword: Wisdom

Ecclesiastes
• The search for meaning in life
• Keyword: Vanity

Song of Songs
• A love song
• Keyword: Love

Isaiah
• Salvation comes from God
• Keyword: Salvation

Jeremiah
• God’s patience and holiness
• Keyword: Obey

Lamentations
• Mourning the destruction of Jerusalem
• Keyword: Weep

Ezekiel
• Condemnation and consolation
• Keyword: Restoration

Daniel
• Encouragement for exiled Jews
• Keyword: God’s plan

Hosea
• God’s love for Israel
• Keyword: Return

Joel
• God’s judgment
• Keyword: The day of the Lord

Amos
• Social justice
• Keyword: Judgment

Obadiah
• Judgment on Edom
• Keyword: Judgment

Jonah
• Salvation for non-Jews
• Keyword: God’s love

Micah
• Injustice exposed
• Keyword: Mercy

Nahum
• The fall of Nineveh
• Keyword: Judgment

Habakkuk
• Sin in God’s world
• Keyword: Faith

Zephaniah
• The coming day of judgment
• Keyword: Restoration

Haggai
• Rebuild the temple
• Keyword: The temple

Zechariah
• Future blessings for Israel
• Keyword: Vision

Malachi
• An appeal to backsliders
• Keyword: Return

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