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Outline of Genesis

I.     The Primeval Events (1:1-11:26)

A.     The Creation (1:1-2:3)

B.     The succession from the creation of the heavens and earth (2:4-4:26)

1.     The creation of the man and the woman (2:4-25)

2.     The temptation and the Fall (chap. 3)

3.     The advance of sin in Cain’s murder of Abel (4:1-16)

4.     The spread of godless civilization (4:17-26)

C.     The succession from Adam (5:1-6:8)

1.     The genealogy from Adam to Noah (chap. 5)

2.     The corruption of the race (6:1-8)

D.     The succession from Noah (6:9-9:29)

1.     The judgment by the Flood (6:9-8:22)

2.     The covenant with Noah (9:1-17)

3.     The curse of Canaan (9:18-29)

E.     The succession from the sons of Noah (10:1-11:9)

1.     The table of nations (chap. 10)

2.     The dispersion at Babel (11:1-9)

F.     The succession from Shem (11:10-26)

II.     The Patriarchal Narratives (11:27-50:26)

A.     The succession from Terah (11:27-25:11)

1.     The making of the covenant with Abram (11:27-15:21)

2.     The provision of the promised seed for Abraham whose faith was developed by testing (16:1-22:19)

3.     The transition of the promises to Isaac by faithful Abraham (22:20-25:11)

B.     The succession from Ishmael (25:12-18)

C.     The succession from Isaac (25:19-35:29)

1.     The transfer of the promised blessing to Jacob instead of to Esau (25:19-28:22)

2.     The blessing of Jacob in his sojourn (chaps. 29-32)

3.     The return of Jacob and the danger of corruption in the land (chaps. 33-35)

D.     The succession from Esau (36:1-8)

E.     The succession from Esau, father of the Edomites (36:9-37:1)

F.     The succession from Jacob (37:2-50:26)

1.     The selling of Joseph into Egypt (37:2-36)

2.     The corruption of Judah’s family and confirmation of God’s choice (chap. 38)

3.     The rise of Joseph to power in Egypt (chaps. 39-41)

4.     The move to Egypt (42:1-47:27)

5.     The provision for the continuation of the promised blessing (47:28-50:26)


Outline of Exodus

I.     The Redemption of God’s People from Egypt (chaps. 1-18)

A.     The oppression of Israel in Egypt (chap. 1)

1.     The setting: Israel in Egypt (1:1-7)

2.     The oppression: Israel under the Pharaohs (1:8-22)

B.     The deliverer of Israel from Egypt (chaps. 2-4)

1.     The birth and protection of Moses in Egypt (2:1-10)

2.     The escape of Moses to Midian (2:11-4:17)

3.     The return of Moses to Egypt (4:18-31)

C.     The struggle of Moses with Pharaoh in Egypt (5:1-12:36)

1.     The confrontations of Moses with Pharaoh (5:1-7:13)

2.     The judgments of God on Egypt (7:14-12:36)

D.     The deliverance of Israel from Egypt (12:37-18:27)

1.     The flight in Egypt toward the sea (12:37-13:22)

2.     The crossing of the Red (Reed) Sea (chap. 14)

3.     The praise by Moses and Miriam for deliverance (15:1-21)

4.     The journey to Mount Sinai (15:22-18:27)

II.     The Revelation to God’s People at Sinai (chaps. 19-40)

A.     The covenant of God with His people (chaps. 19-31)

1.     The setting for the revelation of the Law (chap. 19)

2.     The Decalogue (20:1-21)

3.     The Book of the Covenant (20:22-24:11)

4.     The ceremonial regulations (24:12-31:18)

B.     The failure and restoration of God’s people (chaps. 32-34)

1.     The breaking of the covenant by Israel (32:1-33:6)

2.     The renewal of the covenant by God (33:7-34:35)

C.     The construction of the tabernacle (chaps. 35-40)

1.     The preparation for the construction (35:1-36:7)

2.     The building of the tabernacle (36:8-39:31)

3.     The completion of the tabernacle (39:32-43)

4.     The assembling at the tabernacle (40:1-33)

5.     The dwelling of God with His people (40:34-38)


Outline of Leviticus

I.     The Way of Approach to God by Sacrifice (chaps. 1-16)

A.     The laws concerning sacrifices (chaps. 1-7)

1.     General sacrificial regulations for the people (1:1-6:7)

2.     Additional sacrificial regulations for the priests (6:8-7:38)

B.     The inauguration of the priesthood and sacrificial system (chaps. 8-10)

1.     The ordination of Aaron and his sons (chap. 8)

2.     The commencement of the public sacrificial system (chap. 9)

3.     The consequences of priestly ceremonial deviation (chap. 10)

C.     The laws concerning uncleanness (chaps. 11-15)

1.     The laws of food and clean and unclean animals (chap. 11)

2.     The law of childbirth (chap. 12)

3.     The laws for infectious skin diseases and mildew (chaps. 13-14)

4.     The laws of uncleanness from human discharges (chap. 15)

D.     The law of the Day of Atonement (chap. 16)

1.     Introduction (16:1-2)

2.     The preparation of the high priest and the animals for the ceremonies (16:3-5)

3.     A summary statement of the ceremonies (16:6-10)

4.     A detailed description of the ceremonies (16:11-28)

5.     The institution of the Day of Atonement as an annual ceremony (16:29-34)

II.     The Walk of Holiness before God by Separation (chaps. 17-27)

A.     The laws for sacrifice and eating meat (chap. 17)

1.     Introduction (17:1-2)

2.     The requirement to kill domestic animals at the tabernacle (17:3-7)

3.     The requirement to offer sacrifices at the tabernacle (17:8-9)

4.     The prohibition against eating blood (17:10-12)

5.     The application of these requirements to hunting game (17:13-16)

B.     The laws for covenant morality and nonconformity to pagan practices (chaps. 18-20)

1.     Laws restricting sexual relations (chap. 18)

2.     Laws promoting practical holiness before God and man (chap. 19)

3.     Laws requiring capital punishment (chap. 20)

C.     The laws for priestly and sacrificial holiness (chaps. 21-22)

1.     Personal restriction for priestly service (chap. 21)

2.     Sacrificial regulations for sacred offerings (chap. 22)

D.     The laws concerning the appointed feasts of the Lord (chap. 23)

1.     Introductory command (23:1-4)

2.     The spring festivals (23:5-22)

3.     The fall festivals (23:23-43)

4.     Concluding summary (23:44)

E.     Ceremonial and moral regulations (chap. 24)

1.     The daily and weekly ministry in the Tent of Meeting (24:1-9)

2.     An incident of blasphemy and the divine law based on the case (24:10-23)

F.     The laws concerning special years (chap. 25)

1.     The sabbatical year (25:1-7)

2.     The Year of Jubilee (25:8-55)

G.     The covenant blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience (chap. 26)

1.     Introductory summary of the fundamentals of the Law (26:1-2)

2.     The blessings for obedience (26:3-13)

3.     The curses for disobedience (26:14-45)

4.     Concluding summary (26:46)

H.     The law of vows, gifts, and tithes (chap. 27)

1.     Vows pertaining to people and animals (27:1-13)

2.     Dedication of houses and lands (27:14-25)

3.     Other dues and gifts (27:26-33)

4.     Conclusion (27:34)


Outline of Numbers

I.     Preparations for Travel (1:1-10:10)

A.     The order of the tribes (chaps. 1-2)

Reuben      46,500     (v. 21)
Simeon      59,300     (v. 23)
Gad      45,650     (v. 25)
Judah      74,600     (v. 27)
Issachar      54,400     (v. 29)
Zebulun      57,400     (v. 31)
Ephraim      40,500     (v. 33)
Manasseh      32,200     (v. 35)
Benjamin      35,400     (v. 37)
Dan      62,700     (v. 39)
Asher      41,500     (v. 41)
Naphtali      53,400     (v. 43)
Total      603,550     (v. 46)


B.     Instructions to the Levites (chaps. 3-4)

C.     Cleansing and consecration (chaps. 5-6)

D.     Tabernacle service (chaps. 7-8)

E.     Passover instructions (9:1-14)

F.     The accompaniment of the Lord (9:15-10:10)

II.     The Journey to Kadesh Barnea (10:11-14:45)

A.     The departure from Sinai (10:11-36)

B.     The rebellion of the people (chap. 11)

C.     The rebellion of Miriam and Aaron (chap. 12)

D.     Spying out the Promised Land (chaps. 13-14)

III.     The Journey to the Plains of Moab (15:1-22:1)

A.     The rehearsal of the covenant statutes (chap. 15)

B.     The rebellion of Korah (chap. 16)

C.     The vindication of Aaron (chap. 17)

D.     The roles and privileges of the priests and Levites (chap. 18)

E.     The laws of purification (chap. 19)

F.     The journey in the Desert of Zin (chap. 20)

G.     The journey to Moab (21:1-22:1)

IV.     The Moabites and Balaam (22:2-25:18)

A.     The plight of Moab (22:2-4a)

B.     The invitation to Balaam (22:4b-20)

C.     The journey of Balaam (22:21-35)

D.     The oracles of Balaam (22:36-24:25)

E.     The idolatry of Israel (chap. 25)

V.     Final Preparations for Entering Canaan (chaps. 26-36)

A.     The provisions for inheritance (26:1-27:11)

B.     Succession to Moses (27:12-23)

C.     Laws concerning offerings (chaps. 28-29)

D.     Laws concerning vows (chap. 30)

E.     God’s judgment on the Midianites (chap. 31)

F.     The inheritance of the Eastern tribes (chap. 32)

G.     Resumé of the journey from Egypt (33:1-49)

H.          Final instructions about conquest and inheritance (33:50-36:13)



I.     Introduction: The Historical Setting of Moses’ Speeches (1:1-4)

A.     The speaker, audience, and location (1:1)

B.     The date (1:2-4)

II.     The First Address by Moses: Historical Prologue (1:5-4:43)

A.     The review of God’s mighty acts between Horeb and Beth Peor (1:5-3:29)

B.     An exhortation to obey the Law and resist idolatry (4:1-43)

III.     The Second Address by Moses: Covenant Obligations (4:44-26:19)

A.     Recapitulation of the Law at Horeb (4:44-5:33)

B.     The great commands and warnings (chaps. 6-11)

C.     The code of specific laws (12:1-26:15)

D.     A declaration of commitment (26:16-19)

IV.     The Third Address of Moses: Covenant Renewal Commanded and the Declaration of Blessings and Curses (27:1-29:1)

A.     Covenant renewal commanded (chap. 27)

B.     The blessings and the curses (chap. 28)

C.     Conclusion to Moses’ third address (29:1)

V.     The Fourth Address by Moses: A Summary of the Covenant Demands (29:2-30:20)

A.     An appeal for covenantal obedience (29:2-29)

B.     Promised blessings after Israel’s repentance (30:1-10)

C.     A concluding charge to choose life (30:11-20)

VI.     The Transition from Moses to Joshua (chaps. 31-34)

A.     The appointment of Joshua and the depositing of the Law (31:1-29)

B.     The Song of Moses (31:30-32:43)

C.     Preparation for Moses’ death (32:44-52)

D.     The blessing of Moses (chap. 33)

E.     The death of Moses (chap. 34)



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[1]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. 1983-c1985. The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Victor Books: Wheaton, IL

[2]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. 1983-c1985. The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Victor Books: Wheaton, IL

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[3]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. 1983-c1985. The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Victor Books: Wheaton, IL

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[4]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. 1983-c1985. The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Victor Books: Wheaton, IL

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[5]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. 1983-c1985. The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Victor Books: Wheaton, IL

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