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Explore the Books of Moses

Starting at the beginning has always been—and still is—a good idea. And that is no less true for the Bible! And yet, sadly, many Christians are in the dark when it comes to understanding the Old Testament, especially some of the earlier books. We’ve probably all had the experience of starting a Bible reading plan in Genesis only to run out of steam in Leviticus and go back to the safer ground of a Gospel or one of Paul’s letters.

Of course, it is quite natural that those who have found new meaning in life because of Jesus will want to know more about His life and teachings. But you can’t listen to Jesus for long without realising that He took that part of the Bible that we call the Old Testament very seriously. In fact, He seemed to explain His identity and mission in the light of these scriptures. What this shows is that, strange though they may seem to us, the Old Testament writings matter.

In Explore the Books of Moses we begin our journey through the Old Testament. These books form the basis of all that follows in the Bible and are therefore vital if we are to understand the mission of Jesus and the message of the Bible as a whole.

The material in this book has been designed to help you explore and understand the first five books of the Old Testament or Torah, as the Hebrews called them. It is our prayer that in doing so you will grow to love the Old Testament and Jesus more.