God's Big Story
Big Bible Themes
Bible Study Tools
Questions for Genres
Books in Genres
First four time periods.

What is Creation, Fall, Early History, and Patriarchs?


A Big Bible Theme.

What is God's Faithfulness, Human Rebellion, and God's Rescue Plan? 

Don't read a verse.  Explain. 

What is context? 

The verses before and after help you understand what is going on. 

The location and time in history also helps. 


Three Bible Genres. 

What is Law, History, Wisdom Poetry, Prophecy, Biography, and Letters?


Three books in the Law Genre.

What is Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy?


Last four time periods. 

What is Life of Christ, Early Church, Church Age, Jesus' return? 


Explain a Theme found in Abraham's sacrifice of his son. 

What is God's faithfulness? Gave ram

What is God's rescue plan?  Jesus is the ram that took our place. 


Explain "descriptive"

What is history? 

What is describing what happened or what something looks like?


A question to ask when studying History

When did it take place? 

Where did it take place?

Who was present? 


Three Biographies.

What is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John?


Time period in which Daniel lived. 

What is the Exile? 


Explain a Theme found in the Fall. 

What is Human Rebellion?  Ate the forbidden fruit

What is God's Faithfulness? God had a plan

What is God's Rescue Plan?  God promised a rescuer that would die while conquering Satan. 


Explain a prescriptive passage.

What is a command? 


A question to ask when studying Law.

Is this command for the Israelites or everyone? 

What do these commands reveal about God? 

And what He values?


Three books in the History Genre. 

What is Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1–2 Samuel, 1–2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther and Acts?


Four time periods before Jesus.

What is Divided Kingdom, Exile, Return, Silence? 


Explain a Theme found in Exile.

What is human rebellion?  Exile was judgement for sin. 

What is God's faithfulness?  God was with them even in exile. 


Big theme questions to ask when reading the whole Bible. 

What truths does this passage reveal about God?

What truths does this passage reveal about Humans?           

What truths does this passage reveal about God’s rescue plan?


A question to ask when studying Prophecy.

Are there reminders of God’s commands? 

Did God reveal anything about the future?

Did God reveal anything about the coming Rescuer? 


Three books in the Wisdom Poetry Genre. 

What is Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs?


Four time periods starting in Egypt. 

What is Slavery and Exodus or Exit, Wilderness and Conquest, Judges, United Kingdom? 


Explain a Theme found in the Patriarchs.

What is God's faithfulness? He took care of, provided for, and directed them even when they didn't deserve it. 

What is Human rebellion?  Lots 

What is God's rescue plan?  God promised that he would bless all the nations through one of their descendants, Jesus. 


Questions to ask when applying the truths you learned.

How might God’s truth apply to me?

What might God be telling me to do?

What truth about God is he reminding me of?

What sin is God asking me to say sorry for and turn away from?


A question to ask when studying Wisdom Poetry.

Who is speaking?

What feelings are being expressed? 

What requests are being made?

What is being asked for?

What truths about God do they remind themself of?

What wisdom (not promises) can we learn? 


Three books in the Prophecy Genre. 

What is Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, and Revelation?