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This Introduction to the Bible for International Students and Scholars includes 14 discussions from creation to the resurrection with lots of helpful vocabulary, background information, and leader's notes.

Introduce your international friends to the Bible with this 14-week study guide! Exploring the Bible is designed for university and college students, as well as visiting scholars, who may be studying the Bible for first time and who may speak English only as their second or third language.

The series consists of a Bible introduction discussion, six discussions that highlight key stories introducing God and tracing his plan of redemption through the Old Testament, six discussions about Jesus, and a final discussion to allow participants to consider how to respond to God. Each chapter includes discussion questions, Bible text, and discussion leader’s notes. The Bible texts are accompanied by many help notes in the side margin to assist with unfamiliar words and concepts. The application questions at the end of each discussion give opportunities to reflect on what was heard and discussed.

All of the Bible studies have been used successfully with internationals, and most have been used and improved for 12-14 years before being published. The price has been kept low so you can order a book for each participant and the group leader.

Written by Terrell Smith (editor), Sarah Boswell, Bonnie (Berggren) Moilanen, and Dean Waldenmaier.

Published by InterVarsity International Student Ministry in partnership with Bridges International.


Why Study the Bible?
How to Use This Bible Study Guide
About the Authors
1 Introduction - What is the Bible?
        Who wrote the Bible? What is the Bible all about? Sample texts from the Bible
2 God and Creation
        Who is God? What is God like? Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3, 18-25; John 1:1-5, 9-14
3 The Great Fall
        What is sin? Why is there evil in the world? Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
4 The Great Flood
        How does evil affect people? What does God do about evil? Genesis 6:5-22; 7:1, 11-24; 8:1-22; 9:12-16; Hebrews 11:6-7
5 Abraham: A Man of Faith
        How does God provide? Genesis 22:1-18; John 1:29-34
6 Moses and the Exodus
        How does God rescue? Who does God rescue? Acts 7:17-35; Exodus 11:1-10; 12:1-13, 28-38; 1 Peter 1:17-21
7 The Ten Commandments
        What does God require of us? Exodus 19:10-25; 20:1-21; Romans 3:19-26
8 Christmas: The Birth of Jesus
        Who is Jesus? Why is he so special? Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20; Matthew 1:18-2:12
9 Lost and Found
        Why did Jesus come? What did he teach? Luke 15:1-32; 19:1-10
10 Miracles of Jesus
        How far does Jesus’ authority go? What does he have the power to do? Mark 4:35-5:43
11 I Am
        Who does Jesus claim to be? John 6:35-40; 8:12, 56-59; 10:7-17; 11:25-26; 14:1-9
12 Good Friday: The Death of Jesus
        Why did Jesus have to die? Isaiah 53:1-12; Luke 22:66-23:27, 32-56
13 The Resurrection of Jesus
        Is Jesus really alive today? Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:24-31
14 How May I Respond to What God Has Done?
        What has God done? How may I respond? Numbers 21:4-9; Daniel 7:13-14; John 3:1-18, 36
15 Leader’s Notes
        Illustrations for Sharing the Gospel
16 Maps and Resources
        Ancestor Tree
        Celebration of Important Holidays
        References for Further Study

Additional Book Information

Wire coil bound, so it lays open flat during discussions

206 pages, each 6.5 inches wide x 9.5 inches tall

ISBN 978-0-9835848-5-8

Retail price: $15.99

22 books per case/box

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Product Reviews

Written by Sharon Luc on Aug 12th 2021

Exploring the Bible

I really love this resource for working with international students! It is a great way to introduce the Bible to them and give them an overview of the Old Testament and the life of Jesus. It has sparked many deep questions and has helped us lead several friends to become followers of Jesus!