History in the Old Testament

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AFRICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TOWN CAMPUS NAME: NJIHIA MARK ADM NO: 12S03ABT003 DEPARTMENT: UNIVERSITY COMMON COURSES COURSE: UCC 105 OLD TESTAMENT LECTURER: Dr. THUO TASK: DESCRIBE THE HISTORY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT DUE DATE: 28th January, 2013 Introduction The Old Testament was written over a wide historical period, it describes the relationship of God and the people of Israel before the coming of Jesus. To make it easy to explain the history in the Old Testament, I have seen it best to look at it under the following periods: 1. Primeval History Primeval history refers to the earliest history in the Bible. Genesis chapters 1 to 11 are considered the primeval history portion of the Bible. This is the Biblical time…show more content…
The stories in the book of Judges follow a consistent pattern: the people are unfaithful to Yahweh and he therefore delivers them into the hands of their enemies; the people repent and entreat Yahweh for mercy, which he sends in the form of a leader or champion (a "judge"); the judge delivers the Israelites from oppression and they prosper, but soon they fall again into unfaithfulness and the cycle is repeated. 6. United Monarchy (1020BC-922BC) Under extreme threat from foreign peoples, the 12 tribes of Israel united to form the first United Kingdom of Israel. Samuel anointed Saul from the tribe of Benjamin as the first king, but it was David who created a strong unified Israelite monarchy. David succeeded in truly unifying the Israelite tribes, and set up a monarchical government. He embarked on successful military campaigns against Israel 's enemies, and defeated nearby regional entities such as the Philistines, thus creating secure borders for Israel. Under David, Israel grew into a regional power. Under the House of David, the United Kingdom of Israel achieved prosperity and superiority over its neighbours. Under David 's successor, Solomon, the United
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