I. Old Testament Essay Topic One, A Book- The book of Leviticus
The Book of Leviticus genre is law. According to our text Leviticus author is anonymous, but the evidence points to Moses as the writer. (Illustrated bible survey Pg. 62.) The book was written around 1445 BC after the renewal of the Mosaic covenant. The major theme of the book of Leviticus seems to point to holiness and ceremonial cleanness. Leviticus is seen as a worship guide for priest and layman. The purpose of this book was to teach Israel how God expected them to act as the chosen people of God. Some major events that took place in the book of Leviticus are Moses explains that sacrifices are essential for Israel to have access to God. Moses gives the laws of sacrifices which shows how God expected to them to make atonement for their sins. Specific offerings included in the book of Leviticus are the sin offering, the guilt offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering, which ...view middle of the document...
He was born into the tribe of Levi during a time that Pharaoh had given the order that every Hebrew boy that was born was to be thrown into the Nile River, but to let every girl live. (Exodus1:22 NIV) Moses was hidden for 3 months by his mother until she could not hid him anymore. He was then placed into a basket and put into the Nile River where Pharaohs daughter found him. He was raised as Pharaoh’s daughter’s son. She named him Moses meaning “I drew him out of the water”. (Exodus 2:8 NIV) Moses was chosen by God himself to lead the Israelites out of Egypt into the promise land God had promised to Abraham. Moses was given the Ten Commandments by God himself on Mount Sinai, which made a covenant between God and the people of Israel. Israel was to be Gods chosen people. Key legacies of Moses include the Burning bush, the Ten Commandments and leading the people out of Egypt. Moses died having only seen Canaan from a distance (Deuteronomy 34:1-4) According to our text, He was buried on Mount Nebo. (Illustrated Bible Survey pg. 88) Moses is consider to be the author of the Torah, the first five books of the bible including Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
II. Old Testament Essay Topic Three, a place- Bethlehem
In I Chronicle 2:51(NIV) Salma, the son of Caleb is described as the father of Bethlehem. Bethlehem is located about 5 miles south of Jerusalem and is 2,350 feet above sea level. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia online) The surrounding country is fertile with cornfields, fig, olive yards and vineyards. (ISBE) Bethlehem’s water supply comes mostly from Solomon’s pool in the ArTas valley that has been tapped by the people. Bethlehem was also called Ephrath and was first mention in the bible in Genesis 35:16-19(NIV). Rachael, the wife of Jacob died during child birth and she was buried on the way to Ephrath. The bible states that over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb. (Gen 35:19 NIV) It is the place where Samuel anointed King David and Micah prophesized about where the Messiah would be born. Some of the Biblical books that mention Bethlehem include, Genesis, Ruth, Micah, Isiah, and Matthew. Bethlehem is the birth place of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.