Next Sunday, we're having another Sunday Afternoon Bible Study at Emmanuel. We’re going to be looking at the so-called “Minor Prophets” – that collection of twelve shortish (hence “Minor”) books at the end of the Old Testament (from Hosea to Malachi) which tend to get left out of the list of most people’s Top Ten Most Read books of the Bible.
I mean, let’s be honest: when did you last read the book of Nahum?
We’re going to begin the afternoon with a quiz. Complete with prizes. (We’ll do it in teams, so don’t worry if you don’t know all the answers.) To make things easier,
I’ve even posted the questions online here, so that you can take a look at them in advance.
Now, do you fancy a challenge? If so, here’s your opportunity. If you want to make the most of next week’s Sunday Afternoon Bible Study, here’s what I suggest you do. First, take a look at the questions.
Then, get yourself a Bible, a large cup of coffee, and one hour of undistracted time. Sit down and skim-read through the Minor Prophets from Hosea to Malachi at the rate of one chapter every 50 seconds. Seriously. Use a stopwatch if it helps you to know when to move on. Don’t try to read every word; you won’t be able to read fast enough. Just try to get a rough feel for what they’re about. Even just reading the bold-text headings in the Bible and glancing at a couple of the verses will give you a great sense of the flow and the flavour of each book.
Then come along next Sunday afternoon and hang on tight as we dash through all twelve books in two hours.
Alternatively, if you don’t have time for much reading this week, don’t worry – just come along next Sunday afternoon anyway and enjoy the ride!