I. TORAH. 1. Overview. 2. Creation in the Ancient Near East. 3. The Genesis Creation and Flood Narrative(s). 4. Primordial History. 5. Patriarchs and Matriarchs Family Tree. 6. Abraham. 7. Jacob. 8. Joseph. 9. Prince of Egypt 10. Moses. 11. Legal Materials. 12. Numbers. 13. Deuteronomy. II. HISTORICAL BOOKS. 14. Overview. 15. Historical Sketch. 16. Joshua. 17. Judges. 18. Early Monarchy. 19. King Saul and David. 20. David's Monarchy. 21. Solomon. 22. Kings of Israel/Northern Kingdom. 23. Kings of Judah/Southern Kingdom. 24. Deuteronomistic History. 25. Chronicles. 26. Ezra/Nehemiah. III. OTHER LITERARY GENRES. 27. Methodology. 28. DH Prophets. 29. Assyrian Period Prophets. 30. Babylonian Period Prophets. 31. Exilic and Post-Exilic Prophets. 32. Psalms and Poetry. 33. Wisdom. 34. Esther, Jonah, Ruth. 35. Tobit and Judith. 36. Maccabees. 37. Daniel. IV. NEW TESTAMENT-THE GOSPELS. 38. NT Background. 39. The Gospels. 40. The Gospel of Mark. 41. Synoptic Gospels. 42. The Gospel of Matthew. 43. The Gospel of Luke. 44. The Gospel of John. 45. Historical Jesus. V. NEW TESTAMENT NON-GOSPEL MATERIALS. 46. Overview. 47. Acts. 48. Paul's Life and Mission. 49. Paul's Letters and Mission. 50. Galatians and Corinthians. 51. Romans. 52. The Acts of Paul and Thekla. 53. Deutero-Pauline Literature. 54. Revelation.
This text encourages students to read the Bible and primary sources closely and carefully, and offers background sketches about topics not explained in the Bible. It points to specific versus and chapters, asking carefully constructed questions that prompt students to think creatively and figure out their own answers.
"I really like the idea of asking questions as a way of actively engaging students in the learning process. I also like the idea of getting the student to read the primary sources rather than relying on a scholar's opinions." -- Elaine McDuff, Truman State University "As far as I know, this work is unique. It fills an important lacuna in the field of Biblical introductions. There has been a need for a work like this for a long time. The author is well versed in ...biblical material and refers students to the key passages with which they must be familiar for understanding the literature of ancient Israel." -- David Crump, Calvin College "Porter's text has the great advantage of pushing the Biblical student into inductive self-discovery of the central issues in contemporary Biblical scholarship." -- Randal Cummings, California State University, Northridge