Basic Bible – Knowing the Message and Story of the Bible

The Bible can be hard to understand. A compilation of 66 books written by 39 authors over a period of about 1500 years. It was originally written in 3 languages, contains at least 5 different types of literature, and has hundreds of characters.
At Trinity Church we offer a series of 3 courses. The goal of the “Basic Bible”, “Basic Beliefs” and “Basic Practices” is to give Christians a working knowledge of our Bible, along with the Beliefs and Practices that flow from the Bible. For every Believer – knowing, understanding, and putting into practice the revelations about God in the Bible is like a river of fruitful life. It’s well worth the effort.
Course Outline, Assignments and Tests can be found lower on this page.
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Basics Bible Course – A Narrative Approach
The Basics Bible course uses a narrative approach to teaching. Most people can remember a good story more easily than a list of facts or a series of scripture passages. In the Basics Bible Course you’ll get to know:
Seven Lead Characters
Obviously, that leaves a lot of important people out – but many of them will show up in your reading. Each of these lead characters take part in one of the major movements in the story of the Bible.
The Big Story
Both the major story line of the Bible, along with the major life events of the seven lead characters.
Character “Types” Many of the seven lead characters illustrate a “type” of character. They are representative of many other people. For example: David is a king, one of many kings. Isaiah is a prophet, one of many prophets. Types of Literature The seven lead characters are told within or are authors of the different types of Biblical literature. For example: King David wrote Psalms which is Poetry/Wisdom literature, Isaiah wrote the book which is Prophetic literature.
Basic Bible Course Objectives
  • You will be able to communicate the basic story-line of the Bible.
  • You’ll be familiar with 7 lead characters of the Bible.
  • You’ll be able to identify “character type” of the seven lead characters.
  • You’ll know many of the significant events of the seven lead characters.
  • You’ll know how the life events in the lives of the 7 key characters are significant to believers today.
  • You’ll be familiar with the Bible time line and place the 7 key characters into a Biblical time-line.
  • You’ll know Bible literature typesYou’ll begin to be familiar with interpreting and applying the meaning of the Bible.
Resources Needed to Take Course
Story PicThe Story, Zondervan Publishing, ISBN 978-0-310-95097-4. Available in hardcopy directly from Zondervan Publishing or most any other book distributor. Also available in digital format from Amazon or Apple iBooks. The Story is excerpts from the Bible with commentary between sections.
ZBH Pic Zondervan Handbook to the Bible
(ZBH). ISBN 13: 978-0-310-26271-8. Available in hardcopy directly from Zondervan. If digital version is available, I would not recommend it as it will be difficult to use. Referred in syllabus as “ZBH”
Lead Characters Message Audio Files Provided to you as digital media in the course outline below. Just click on colored text with the Audio message title.
Suggested Films Titles and year in the course outline. These are optional. You have to find these on your own.
Yes there are tests. You can take them on-line by clicking on the Unit # Test as indicated below.
If you’re pretty confident in your Biblical knowledge, you can take the Basic Bible Overview Test by clicking here. If you do well with this test, this would demonstrate that you already have knowledge that would be gained by doing this course. This is basically the “test out” option.

Basic Bible Course Outline

Unit 1: Adam, Abraham and Moses
  • Adam
  • Abraham
    • Read: The Story Chapter 2, Zondervan Bible Handbook p. 127-139
    • Listen: Lead Character – Abraham
    • Watch (Optional) In The Beginning (2000)
  • Moses
    • Read: The Story Chapters 4-5; Zondervan Bible Handbook p.159-178
    • Listen: Lead Character: Moses
    • Watch (Optional) “Ten Commandments” (1956); “Exodus – Gods and Kings” (2014)
Unit 2: David and Isaiah
  • David
    • Read: The Story Chapter 11. Zondervan Bible Handbook p.259-275
    • Listen: Lead Character: David
    • Watch (optional): “King David” 1985
  • Isaiah
Unit 3: Jesus
  • Read: Story Story Chapters 22-27. Zondervan Bible Handbook p.577-594
  • Watch Film: “Jesus of Nazareth” (1977) “Passion of the Christ” (2004)
Unit 4: Paul and Early Church
  • Read: Story Chapters 28 and 29. Zondervan Bible Handbook p. 643-680
  • Listen: Lead Character: Paul
  • Watch (Optional): Film: “Peter and Paul” (1981) “AD – The Bible Continues”
Unit 5: General Bible
  • Timeline & Narrative: Read Zondervan Bible Handbook p. 18-21, 28-29.
  • Lit. Type and Interpret: Read Zondervan Bible Handbook p. 14-17; 46-57
(After you’ve passed all the tests)…..
Congratulations! You’ve complete the Basic Bible Course!