Between the years of 2009 and 2012, I completed / authored a manuscript of Bible Exposition covering the OT and NT. It is a two page summary of the main points, historical contexts, maps, etc. of each and every book of the Bible. It was quite a journey and I cherish this expositional summary, as 90% of the notes I took (as I studied the Word verse by verse, utilizing concordances and reputable, trusted commentaries) were the source of revealed , interpretative truth. Their is no way that an amateur academe, such as myself, could possibly capture the essential exposed truths of each of the 66 books in 1 to 4 pages each. Sometimes, I will reread it with absolute astonishment over the time, energy and intricate study I invested in persistently completing this project. It is in the format of a leather-bound binder with a divider for each book each book catalogued into sections:
The OT books are catalogued into five sections:
(I) The Pentateuch
(II) The History
(III) Poetry and Wisdom
(IV) Major Prophets
(V) Minor Prophets
Then, there is a midsection Epilogue called, “The 400 Silent Years”, which includes a 3.5 page summary of notes on the nation of Israel under the historical power shifts of Medo-Persia (first 200 years before the NT, as history exits the Old Testament) and Ancient Rome (final 200 years before Christ’s birth, as history enters the New Testament). This midsection epilogue concludes 63 years before the birth of Christ, when Rome betrayed the Asmonian Jews by perpetuating their rift with the Syrians, and creating a secret pact with the King of Syria (descendant of Esau?!?), to facilitate Rome’s capture of Jerusalem. (Very rough summary, yet thoroughly explained in less than four pages of hand-written notes).
The NT portion of my summative manuscript is catalogued as follows:
(I) The Gospels
(II) Acts of the Apostles
(III) Paul’s Epistles (12)
(V) James’ Letter (1)
(VI) Peter’s Letters (2)
(VII) John’s Letters (3)
(VIII) Jude’s Letter (1)
(IX) Revelation of John
I only wish to publish this extensive summative volume of the scriptures to create a more user-friendly, truncated, “Cliff Notes” style of the scriptures and to make them more accessible to critics who have yet, to study the entirety of the Bible for themselves. It links all 66 books together in historical context, with simple, colorful maps to connect the history and action with geography. If one were to forever lose access to an actual Bible, this Binder (in which, I have entitled “The Book of the Lion and the Lamb”) would not only explain the entire contents of the 66 Books, but also make perfect sense out of it. This exhaustive work, (along with individual, color-coded, folders of more detailed notes pertaining to each OT book) follows me wherever I go. I hope to clean it up and publish it (E. g., convert the hand-written, expository notes of each book to a typed format with a more reader-friendly background template, incl. an Appendix for maps, timelines, and a citation section referencing the commentaries, concordances and contributions from the various Bible Expositors I relied upon to guide the interpretative and summative process etc.).
Perhaps, I should start dusting this manuscript off and begin polishing it up for publication as a side project. I just need to find an audience of appreciative readers to review my notes throughout the editing process. My exposure to IC has inspired me to resurrect this manuscript and put it out there for public use.
Any takers?!? Yeah, right…dream on, Katina!