Introduction. The study of the Old Testament is vital for the church today, the formation of sound doctrine, for a godly Christian life, and the promotion of Reformation in the church and the nation. Tragically, the Old Testament is not very well known or understood by Evangelical or Reformed pastors today, nor the average Christian. This is the result of the influence of Enlightenment paganism upon Biblical scholarship as well as Dispensationalism and Neo-Orthodoxy in the church. I will be presenting here my own Puritan and Reformed view of the Old Testament, its relationship to the New Testament in the Biblical Canon, and how important a devoted reading and study of the Old Testament (along with the New Testament) is essential for a godly Christian life, the building of a godly Christian family, and the pursuit of reformation in the church and society. You will have a much better understanding of the Old Testament just by listening to my Bible Study Lectures on the Old Testament. I teach a class on Old Testament Survey and Theology every other year, in which we read through the Old Testament at least twice.

Resources for Studying the Old Testament:

  • For Families and Students:
  • Jonathan Edwards – History of the Work of Redemption
  • A.M. Hodgkin – Christ in All the Scriptures
  • Brett Woody – Bible Study Lectures on the Old Testament
  • Brett Woody – Bible History Catechism
  • Talk Thru the Bible – Wilkinson and Boa
  • Ed Hindson – The Essence of the Old Testament
  • Norman Geisler – Popular Survey of the Old Testament
  • For College and Seminary:
  • The Reformed Confessions (Including and especially the Westminster Standards)
  • John Calvin – Institutes, Book 2. Ch.11-12
  • Jonathan Edwards – History of the Work of Redemption
  • A.M. Hodgkin – Christ in All the Scriptures
  • Gareth Crossley – The Old Testament Explained and Applied
  • Matthew Henry – Six Volume Commentary on the Bible
  • Talk Thru the Bible – Wilkinson and Boa
  • Brett Woody – Bible Lectures on the Old Testament
  • Brett Woody – Bible History Catechism
  • John Calvin – Commentaries on Holy Scripture
  • Willem Van Gemeren – The Progress of Redemption
  • Miles van Pelt – A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Edward Taylor – Upon the Types of the Old Testament
  • Nathaniel Mather – The Types and Figures of the Old Testament
  • John Owen – Biblical Theology
  • Herman Witsius – Economy of the Covenants
  • A.W. Pink – The Divine Covenants
  • Geerhardus Vos  – Biblical Theology
  • O. Palmer Robertson – The Christ of the Covenants
  • O. Palmer Robertson – The Christ of the Prophets
  • Charles Pfeiffer – Old Testament History
  • Vern Poythress – The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses
  • Alfred Edersheim – Bible History
  • E.J. Young – Old Testament Introduction
  • R.K. Harrison – Old Testament Introduction
  • W. La Sor – Old Testament Introduction

Bible Study Lectures on the Old Testament: The Bible study lectures presented here were primarily given in adult Sunday school class, but are also part of a larger work on Old Testament and New Testament Survey that I teach for High School. College, and Seminary classes on the same subject. I hope to be able soon to have these available on the Bible study lecture tab free to listen to. They will eventually be published in a large volume called A Biblical and Theological Survey of the Old Testament.  When completed it will comprise between 1200-1500 pages.

  1. Studying the Bible: An Overview
  2. Studying the Old Testament: An Introduction
  3. Christ Revealed in the Old Testament, Pt.1
  4. Christ Revealed in the Old Testament, Pt.2
  5. First Principles of Old Testament Study
  6. The Pentateuch: An Introduction
  7. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings, Pt.1
  8. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings, Pt.2
  9. Exodus: The Book of Redemption
  10. Leviticus: The Book of Worship
  11. Numbers: The Book of Guidance
  12. Deuteronomy: The Book of Obedience
  13. The Evils and Idolatry of Ancient Paganism*
  14. The Historical Books: An Introduction
  15. The Book of Joshua
  16. The Book of Judges
  17. The Book of Ruth
  18. The Book of 1 Samuel
  19. The Book of 2 Samuel
  20. The Life of King David and its Many Lessons*
  21. The Book of 1 Kings
  22. The Book of 2 Kings
  23. The Book of 1 Chronicles
  24. The Book of 2 Chronicles
  25. The Book of Ezra
  26. The Place and Importance of Ezra the Scribe*
  27. The Book of Nehemiah
  28. The Book of Esther
  29. The Fame of Mordecai and the Glory of Christ*
  30. The Wisdom Books: An Introduction
  31. The Book of Job, Pt.1: An Overview
  32. The Book of Job, Pt.2: The Trial and Triumph of Job
  33. The Book of Job, Pt.3: Job’s Personal Confession of Faith in Christ
  34. The Book of Psalms Pt.1: An Introduction
  35. The Book of Psalms Pt.2: The Place of the Psalms
  36. The Book of Psalms Pt.3: The Authorship of the Psalms
  37. The Book of Psalms Pt.4: The Structure of the Psalms
  38. The Book of Psalms Pt.5: The Types and Genres of the Psalms
  39. The Book of Psalms Pt.6: The Historical Background of the Psalms
  40. The Book of Psalms Pt.7: The Theology of the Psalms
  41. The Book of Psalms Pt.8: Christ Revealed in the Psalms
  42. The Book of Psalms Pt.9: A Brief Overview of the 150 Psalms
  43. The Book of Psalms Pt.10: The Right and Godly Use of the Psalms
  44. The 3 Wisdom Books of Solomon (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon)*
  45. The Book of Proverbs, Pt.1: A Biblical and Theological Overview
  46. The Book of Proverbs, Pt.2: A Biblical and Theological Overview
  47. The Book of Proverbs, Pt.3: The Ten-Fold Purpose
  48. The Book of Proverbs, Pt.4: The Ten-Fold Purpose
  49. The Book of Ecclesiastes, Pt.1: A Biblical and Theological Overview
  50. The Book of Ecclesiastes, Pt.2: A Biblical and Theological Overview
  51. The Book of Ecclesiastes, Pt.3: The Apologetical Purpose 1
  52. The Book of Ecclesiastes, Pt.4: The Apologetical Purpose 2
  53. The Book of Ecclesiastes, Pt.5: The Apologetical Purpose 3
  54. The Song of Solomon, Pt.1: An Introductory Overview, Pt.1
  55. The Song of Solomon, Pt.2: An Introductory Overview, Pt.2
  56. The Song of Solomon, Pt.3: Love to God the Key to the Song
  57. The Song of Solomon, Pt.4: Christ Revealed in the Song
  58. The Song of Solomon, Pt.5: The Holy Spirit in the Song
  59. The Song of Solomon Pt.6: The Comfort of Christ’s Saving Love
  60. The Song of Solomon Pt.7: Spiritual Revival in the Song
  61. The Prophets: An Introduction
  62. The Prophets and their Ministry
  63. The Prophets and their Identity
  64. The Prophets and their Piety
  65. The Prophets and their History
  66. The Prophets and their Poetry
  67. The Prophets and God’s Glory
  68. The Prophets and God’s Fury
  69. The Prophets and Christ’s Glory
  70. The Prophets and the Family
  71. The Prophets and the Nation
  72. The Prophets and their Eschatology
  73. The Major Prophets: An Introduction
  74. The Book of Isaiah, Pt.1 – Isaiah’s Life and Ministry
  75. The Book of Isaiah, Pt.2 – Isaiah’s Life and Ministry
  76. The Book of Isaiah, Pt.3 – Isaiah’s Message and Theology
  77. The Book of Isaiah, Pt.4 – Isaiah’s Message and Theology
  78. The Book of Jeremiah, Pt.1 – Jeremiah’s Life and Ministry
  79. The Book of Jeremiah, Pt.2 – Jeremiah’s Life and Ministry
  80. The Book of Jeremiah, Pt.3 – Jeremiah’s Message and Theology
  81. The Book of Jeremiah, Pt.4 – Jeremiah’s Message and Theology
  82. The Lamentations of Jeremiah – An Appendix to the Book of Jeremiah
  83. The Book of Ezekiel, Pt.1 – Ezekiel’s Life and Ministry
  84. The Book of Ezekiel, Pt.2 – Ezekiel’s Life and Ministry
  85. The Book of Ezekiel, Pt.3 – Ezekiel’s Message and Theology
  86. The Book of Ezekiel, Pt.4 – Ezekiel’s Message and Theology
  87. The Book of Daniel, Pt.1 – Daniel’s Life and Ministry
  88. The Book of Daniel, Pt.2 – Daniel’s Life and Ministry
  89. The Book of Daniel, Pt.3 – Daniel’s Message and Theology
  90. The Book of Daniel, Pt.4 – Daniel’s Message and Theology
  91. The Book of Daniel, Pt.5 – Daniel’s Seventy Week Prophecy
  92. The Book of Daniel, Pt.6 – Daniel’s Seventy Week Prophecy
  93. The Minor Prophets, Pt.1 – An Introduction to the Unity and Structure of the Twelve Scrolls
  94. The Minor Prophets, Pt.2 – An Introduction to the Theology and Message of the Twelve Scrolls
  95. The Minor Prophets, Pt.3 – The Prophets of Salvation: Hosea, Joel, and Amos
  96. The Minot Prophets, Pt.4 – The Prophets of Correction: Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah
  97. The Minor Prophets, Pt.5 – The Prophets of Destruction: Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah
  98. The Minor Prophets, Pt.6 – The Prophets of Restoration: Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi
  99. The Minor Prophets, Pt.7 – Christ Revealed in the Twelve Scrolls, Pt.1
  100. The Minor Prophets, Pt.8 – Christ Revealed in the Twelve Scrolls, Pt.2
  101. The Prophets and the Inter-Testamental Period, Pt.1*
  102. The Prophets and the Inter-Testamental Period, Pt.2*

Commentaries and Other Resources on Old Testament Books: There are thousands of commentaries and resources available to use for pastors, scholars, and Christians in studying the individual books of the Old Testament. It is important for folks to know the use and value of them as well as the theological viewpoints of the authors. Having lectured on the Old Testament for over 20 years and reading through most of the commentaries written from the Early Church Fathers to the present, I intend to give my own recommendation and review of the best along with my own outlines and lectures as I am able. I have lecture outlines for every book of the Bible, including the Old Testament. It would take me months, if not years, just to put them on to this website. But Lord willing in time, I will try to make it happen.

  • The Pentateuch
  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • The Historical Books
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
  • The Wisdom Books
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • The Song of Solomon
  • The Prophets
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

Brett Woody, Pastor-Teacher