Essentials of the Old Testament, by Dr. Douglas Stuart

1. Overview of the Old Testament. Introduction to the content and themes of the Old Testament.

2. Old Testament Law. Description of the structure and teachings of the Old Testament Law.

3. Historical Books. The story of how the Israelites conquer the promised land and begin to live there. God gives the Israelites victory and prosperity, they forget God and disobey His law, God punishes them, they repent, and God raises up a "judge" to deliver them, and they become prosperous. The cycle is repeated.

4. Prophetical Books. Historical setting of each of the prophets, and analysis of the content and literary style of their messages.

5. Poetical Books. Wisdom is the ability to make right choices in life. Different types of poetry in these books have a central theme that wisdom comes from God.