I began the study 30 Days to Understanding the Bible on September 14th and concluded on October 25th.
This virtual study was sponsored by Bible Gateway. Each Monday there was a 15-20 minute video from the author, Max Anders, that kick started the rest of the lessons for the week.
I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching and the methodology that Anders uses to commit the geography and history to memory. I have always been fascinated with how the Old Testament and New Testament are woven together to create the story of human salvation through Christ.
When I first heard about this study I was intrigued by the fact that I was going to get a deeper understanding of the whole Bible by spending just 15 minutes a day for 30 days. Once I enrolled I found out that it is in fact a 6 week study. I don’t think the title was meant to be deceptive. Let me explain.
If you just read the text or the study guide (& ignored the exercises) you could easily complete one of them by spending 15 minutes a day for 30 days. However, if you do the study as presented below you will spend much more than 15 minutes a day for 30 days.
Monday – Watch the 15-20 video and add your notes to the outline in the Study Guide. Then answer the discussion questions with your small group. This can easily take an hour
Tuesday – Read the assigned chapters in the main text (the yellow book) as well as completing the reviews and self tests in each chapter. To do a thorough job you need at least 90 minutes to complete this.
Wednesday – Sunday complete the daily lessons (15-30 minutes each)
If all you are doing is the 30 daily lessons in the study guide and not trying to fully grasp the material you could probably complete the course in 15 minutes a day (15 minutes x 30 days = 450 minutes/7.5 hours of study) BUT if you do the study the way it is described above it will take much more than 15 minutes a day for 30 days. (Video 15-20 minutes + discussion 45 minutes + assigned reading and exercises 90 minutes + 5 days of daily study 15-30 minutes) x 6 weeks = more than 1400 minutes/23 hours of study).
Had I know how much time that it was going to take I probably would not have chosen to do this study when I did.
Please do not misunderstand me, I think this is a wonderful resource to learn more about the structure and content of the Bible. Knowing the basic geography is vital to visualizing the places and the time it took to travel between them. The timeline of the Old Testament is not sequential, the books in fact overlap more than most people realize. There are sections on the history of Israel as well as the history of The Church. The final two sections deal exclusively with the great doctrines.
I do think however that this would be much better as one volume instead of two. I spent too much time flipping back and forth between them.
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