Exam 1 – Study Guide
The Big Story – Deuteronomy
A. Class Introduction, The Big Story, and the book of Genesis
1. State and explain the three ways we should not look at the Bible?
2. State and explain the one way we should look at the Bible?
3. How does the Bible’s one big story describe God’s redemption?
4. Who is at the center of the Bible’s Big Story?
5. What is the difference between good news and good advice? Which of these two messages
does Jesus come to proclaim?
6. How does a true view of God alter your life?
7. State and briefly describe the three characteristics of God discussed in The Big Story?
8. Based on the way we covered these stories in class, identify which of the following themes/acts (God, Creation, Rebellion, Rescue, Home) the following biblical stories/passages represent:
a. Genesis 3:15
b. The Flood
c. The Red Sea
d. The Tabernacle
e. The Tower of Babel
f. Cain’s murder of Abel
g. God’s promise of land for Abraham and his decedents
9. What are the five main acts/themes of the Bible according to The Big Story?
10. According to Genesis 1, what does God want us to know about ourselves?
11. List the four great events of the book of Genesis.
12. List the four great people of the book of Genesis.
13. List and briefly describe the theories of origin discussed in class.
14. According to the class notes, what is the most important chapter in the book of Genesis?
15. What two things did Satan get Eve to question in tempting her to sin?
16. What were the immediate and ultimate consequences of The Fall?
17. How did Abel die?
18. What is Genesis 3:15 often considered?
19. What is the meaning of the sign of the rainbow? What sign is better than the rainbow and
what does it mean?
20. What were the reasons for building the tower of Babel?
21. What does Noah’s name mean and how does this relate to Genesis 3:15?
22. How is Noah’s character contrasted to the world in which he was living?
23. List the biblical evidence given in class for a universal flood.
24. Based on the life of Enoch, what does it mean to walk with God?
25. What is the birthright and the blessing?
26. How did Jacob receive both the birthright and the blessing?
27. Which of Jacob’s children received the birthright and blessing?
28. Who were Jacob’s two wives?
29. How did Joseph get to Egypt?
30. State and explain what it means to read the Bible morally.
31. State and explain what it means to read the Bible Theologically.
32. What did God promise Abraham in the Abrahamic covenant?
33. What did God reveal to Abraham about the future nation of Israel and their time in Egypt?
34. What is the spiritual significance behind the intended sacrifice of Isaac?
35. How do the opening chapters of Genesis reveal the combination of God’s Judgement and Grace in Genesis.
36. Where was Moses a shepherd and what two significant events happened while he was a
37. How are the ten commandments divided by relationships?
38. What do we know about the ruling Pharaoh as the book of Exodus opens?
39. What ultimately/theologically is Pharaoh trying to do by ordering the killing of all male
40. What two key events shaped the first forty years of Moses life?
41. What elements from the first Passover are singled out by Jesus Christ in the Last Supper?
42.What did each piece of the tabernacle visualize?
43. List the 10 plagues.
44. How does God provide for Israel as they journey from Egypt to Mt. Sinai?
45. How is God’s rescue of the Israelites from Egypt a picture of our deliverance from sin?
46. How did Moses respond to God’s call to liberate the Israelites?
47. How is sufficiency and insufficiency a part of God’s call of Moses to liberate the Israelites?
How does this correspond to our insufficiency?
48. How much time has elapsed between the end of Genesis and the beginning of Exodus?
49. How is the outline of the book of Leviticus like the Ten Commandments?
50. What two things did the Day of Atonement highlight?
51. What were the two representative roles that the priests fulfilled?
52. List the ritual offerings. What two things did these offerings give the Israelites the
opportunity to do?
53. List the feasts of Israel described in the book of Leviticus. What reminders were
communicated by the feasts?
54. What did the purity rituals remind Israel of?
55. What was involved in keeping oneself morally pure? What was involved in keeping oneself
56. As discussed in class, what were the two qualifications for the priests?
57. The book of Leviticus presents two types of purity. What are these types?
58. What is the center point of the book of Leviticus?
59. According to the book of Leviticus, what does God graciously provide a way for?
60. Who were the two spies that believed God would give Israel the promised land?
61. Who led a rebellion to overthrow the leadership of Aaron and Moses after the Israelites
refused to go into the Promise Land?
62. According to the Apostle Paul, what/who did the rock Moses struck symbolically represent.
63. What story from Numbers did Jesus use in his conversation with Nicodemus?
64. Who was the prophet that attempted to curse Israel but was only able to pronounce a
blessing on them? What was significant about the blessings he pronounced?
65. What movement underscores the book of Numbers?
66. Geographically, where does the book of Numbers begin and end?
67. What event occurs at the beginning and end of Numbers?
68. Who or what was at the center of the Israelite camp?
69. Who challenged the authority of Moses and was punished with leprosy?
70. What age marked responsibility for the decision to disobey God in the conquest of the
71. How many years were the Israelites forced to wander in the desert?
72. Why was Moses not permitted to enter the promised land?
73. What does Deuteronomy mean?
74. What does the book of Deuteronomy highlight?
75. What significant piece of material from Exodus does Deuteronomy repeat?
76. Where does the book of Deuteronomy take place?
77. What does Moses call Israel to in the Shemah (Deut. 6:4)?
78. What is the purpose of the book of Deuteronomy?
79. Historically, Deuteronomy is what kind of material? What are they preparing Israel for?
80. Who is chosen to replace Moses as the leader of Israel.
81. What words or phrases are used numerous times in Deuteronomy in order to emphasize
Israel’s relationship with God.
82. What does the end of the book of Deuteronomy tell us about Israel’s faithfulness in the
future? What does this result in?
83. What does God promise to change for his followers at the end of Deuteronomy?
84. What book of the Old Testament did Jesus quote the most from? List two specific
85. What book does Paul write that draws heavily from the book of Deuteronomy?
86. How old is Moses in the book of Deuteronomy?
87. What does Deuteronomy show us about God’s grace?
88. According to the class presentations, what are the two questions that the Old Testament
seeks to answer?