A twelve-week tour of the first five books of the Bible

Autumn 2023

 Resource Overview

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The study of the Torah, the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible is divided into twelve weekly lessons. The book of Genesis will be covered in three lessons. The books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are covered in two lessons each. The final week will review the Torah's presence in New Testament scriptures. 

Click here to view a class schedule.

The reference material for each weekly lesson are listed below. By clicking on the "Week Number" below, the links for the various resources will be revealed.

Besides the Scripture text itself, the primary study tool is the scripture Summary written by Rev. Spence. Rev. Spence's Summary is a chapter by chapter scripture reference and commentary.

The Summery document is available for viewing online and for offline reading by downloading to your local computer.

Click here to view the Summary online.

Click here to download the Summary document, a "PDF" file, to your local device.

There are many versions or translations of the Bible. Students are encouraged to read and refer to their preferred translation. Each weekly lesson will cover selected chapters of the Bible. The online Scripture references use the services of BibleGateway. BibleGateway is an extremely useful online Bible with many versions and translations. BibleGateway also provides a parallel or side-by-side view of selected translations. Students are invited to explore the various translations.

For this study, Rev. Spence has selected the Names of God Bible (NOG) as the default translation displayed. Click here for information about the Names of God translation.

An optional, but useful resource, are short videos that provide an overview of the books of the Bible from BibleProjectBibleProject is a nonprofit, crowdfunded organization that produces 100% free Bible videos, podcasts, blogs, classes, and educational Bible resources to help make the biblical story accessible to everyone everywhere.

Each week after the in-person class session, Rev. Spence records a video lecture presenting the information covered for that week. The links to view or download each video lecture are found by clicking on the desired week below.

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Week 2 - September 5

From Father Abraham to Grabby Jacob

Week 3 - September 12

Joseph: Dreams, Nightmares, and Family Reunions

Week 4 - September 19

A Forgotten People Meet a Forgotten God

Week 5 - September 26

A Prenuptial Covenant between Holy and Unholy

Week 6 - October 3

Hebrew Rituals and Rules for Right Living

Week 7 - October 10

613 Hebrew Commands in the Torah

Week 8 - October 17

Marching: Mutiny and Mayhem

Week 9 - October 24

Flawed Leaders, a Talking Donkey, and a Ray of Hope

Week 10 - October 31

Remember the Forgotten God who Remembers You

Week 11 - November 7

Dance with the One who Brought You

Week 12 - November 14

Shadows of the Torah in the New Testament