Condensed Outlines of Books of the Bible

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jan 10 2022 7:51 AM

I am looking for simplified outlines of books of the Bible. The purpose is twofold. 1. To provide a way of seeing where I am within a biblical book and 2. to provide a simple outline that I can memorize so that I can more easily locate passages. Do you have any recommendations?

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 8:13 AM

not available in Logos, but this was recommended several decades ago in my Bible Study Methods class in Bible College.

https://www.amazon.com/Acrostic-Bible-Barry-Huddleston/dp/0840756461 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 3:39 PM

The Bible Outline Browser? or my notes file which is not yet shared.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 3:46 PM

I hope someone can point you to a Logos resource. I'll be interested to read the responses. In the meantime, this is what I have stumbled upon.

World Video Bible School requires students to memorize a shorter outline for books of the Bible. I think you can purchase the course booklets in their store, individually and in sets. Sometimes if you are creative with your search terms, the pdfs will pop up. They are not locked down.

You can audit classes for free without enrolling, but I am not sure if auditing provides the links to the course books or just access to watch the videos. Enrollment is free and gives you access to everything for free. The school is Church of Christ.

Austin Bible Church provides a list of chapter titles for every book in the Bible.

https://austinbiblechurch.com/documents/bible-chapter-titles

BibleHub gives a date for each chapter along with either a title for the chapter or a title for the dated event.

https://biblehub.com/timeline/

Ted Hidebrandt's New Testament Picture Scripture Memory System covers the entire NT.

http://biblicalelearning.org/new-testament-picture-scriptue-memory-system/

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Karl Fritz Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 4:26 PM

Michael Kinch:

I am looking for simplified outlines of books of the Bible. The purpose is twofold. 1. To provide a way of seeing where I am within a biblical book and 2. to provide a simple outline that I can memorize so that I can more easily locate passages. Do you have any recommendations?

I had a NT professor at Liberty University who had us memorize small outlines for each NT book.  I found it extremely valuable.

You might find the Faithlife Study Bible book introductions helpful in this regard, though in some cases they might be too short - you'd have to judge for yourself.  Try here to see Genesis: https://ref.ly/logosres/fsb?art=sidebar.introductiontogenesis

Sometimes the Lexham Bible Dictionary has good, short outlines for books as well.

Those are at least resources that anyone has.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 4:26 PM

Most Bible handbooks or one volume commentaries have basic outlines. Or as suggested by MJ, your best bet is the Bible Outline Browser; this should pull up all kinds of outlines (long and short) depending on what you have in your library.

DAL

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 4:36 PM

DAL:

Most Bible handbooks or one volume commentaries have basic outlines. Or as suggested by MJ, your best bet is the Bible Outline Browser; this should pull up all kinds of outlines (long and short) depending on what you have in your library.

DAL

But is there anything in Logos that is designed specifically to be memorized? I would have preferred not to link to resources outside Logos, but I know of nothing in Logos that was designed to be memorized.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 5:11 PM

Kathleen Marie:
but I know of nothing in Logos that was designed to be memorized.

Probably not - but then again, I have trouble with the concept of an outline designed to be memorized. Doesn't an outline first and foremost reflect the text? And short of converting it into the English hymn stanza ... what makes text "designed to be memorized"?

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 5:28 PM

MJ. Smith:

The Bible Outline Browser? or my notes file which is not yet shared.

Thanks MJ. Do you mean Bible Books Explorer or Bible Browser? I do not see Bible Outline Browser.

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David Scott | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 5:37 PM

The Bible Outline Browser show under the Tools - Interactive Media menu.

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 6:58 PM

David Scott:

The Bible Outline Browser show under the Tools - Interactive Media menu.

Thanks! I hadn't seen this before.

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 7:02 PM

Mattillo:

Thanks!

I have almost purchased this resource so many times, when deciding between different packages. Somehow this is one that is always missing from what I bought.

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 7:08 PM

MJ. Smith:

Kathleen Marie:
but I know of nothing in Logos that was designed to be memorized.

Probably not - but then again, I have trouble with the concept of an outline designed to be memorized. Doesn't an outline first and foremost reflect the text? And short of converting it into the English hymn stanza ... what makes text "designed to be memorized"?

I have sometimes been taught two outlines at the same time. A larger and more detailed outline to understand the book, and another more concise and catchy outline to remind me of the larger outline.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 8:03 PM

Kathleen Marie:
I have sometimes been taught two outlines at the same time. A larger and more detailed outline to understand the book, and another more concise and catchy outline to remind me of the larger outline.

I'm one of those sassy people who doesn't see memorizing outlines as a spiritual discipline ... now memorizing all the psalms and canticles, that I can envision. But then, my Christianity interests put me a little ealier and a little further East than most Logos users.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 10:00 PM

This Study Bible has very basic outlines: https://www.logos.com/product/49646/apostolic-study-bible-notes 

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Roger Pitot | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 11 2022 12:33 AM

An extract from The Outline Bible:

SECTION OUTLINE THREE (COLOSSIANS 3–4:1)
Paul writes about the principles of holy living and addresses six types of individuals in regard to this matter.


I. HOLY LIVING: THE PRINCIPLES (3:1–17)
A. In regard to the believer’s affection (3:1–4)
1. The place of our affection (3:1–3): We must transfer our affection from earth to heaven.
2. The person of our affection (3:4): We must direct our affection toward Jesus.
B. In regard to the believer’s spiritual apparel (3:5–17)
1. What to put off (3:5–9): God’s anger comes on those who practice:
a. Immorality and idolatry (3:5)
b. Anger, malice, slander, and filthy language (3:8)
c. Lying (3:9)
2. What to put on (3:10–17)
a. A new nature (3:10–11)
b. Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (3:12)
c. Forgiveness and love (3:13–14)
d. God’s peace and thankfulness (3:15)
e. The words of Christ (3:16–17)


II. HOLY LIVING: THE PEOPLE (3:18–25; 4:1): Paul addresses six types of individuals.
A. Wives (3:18): Submit to your husbands.
B. Husbands (3:19): Love your wives, and never treat them harshly.
C. Children (3:20): Obey your parents.
D. Fathers (3:21): Don’t aggravate your children.
E. Servants (3:22–25): Serve your master as you would serve the Lord.
F. Masters (4:1): Treat your servants as you would have your heavenly Master treat you.

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Roger Pitot | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 11 2022 2:28 AM

Or, for a different type of approach (summaries as opposed to outlines), what about https://www.logos.com/product/7580/the-bible-panorama

The same 2 chapters of Colossians:

CHAPTER THREE

V 1–4: PRINCIPLE OCCUPATION In contrast to earthbound legalistic observance of man-made rules and procedures, the principle occupation of the Colossian Christians must be to realise that Christ is risen and is ascended. He now resides above, at the right hand of God. Accordingly, the Christian must focus his mind on heavenly and eternal things, bearing in mind that he is to reckon himself crucified with Christ and risen with Him. Jesus Christ will come again and take the believer with Him to glory.
V 5–9: PUT OFF Doctrine leads to conduct. The Christian’s body is to be dead to sin. Paul stipulates the evil attitudes and specific sins which have to be put off. The world will be condemned for those sins from which the Christian has been cleansed. They include sins of attitude and word, as well as the more obvious high profile sins of action.
V 10–17: PUT ON Whatever the background, the Christian is renewed in Christ. He has ‘put on the new man’, reflecting this in increasing likeness to his Saviour. This produces great oneness with other Christians and a sense of Christ’s presence and sovereignty. Paul then tells the Colossians specifically what to ‘put on’ as Christians. It includes attitudes, motives and relationships with one another as fellow forgiven Christians. Love must cover everything and God’s peace will arbitrate in the hearts of those who follow Christ. Only by letting the word of Christ have its place in the life of a believer can a Christian be reprogrammed from his sinful life to a life of praise, singing, wisdom and concern for other believers. All must be done for Christ and with thanksgiving to God through Him.
V 18–25: PRACTICAL OBEDIENCE Obedience to God will be shown in the way others are treated in practice. This includes spouses, children and parents, and the place of employment (covered under ‘bond servants’ in the passage). The principle is to do something for Christ from a full heart, and not just to seek the acclaim of men, while concentrating on the individual’s selfless duty to do the right and best thing for others. Reward and retribution are both in the hand of God, dependent upon attitude and action.


CHAPTER FOUR

V 1–6: GRACE Having given masters and slaves mirror image obligations (see chapter 3), and having asked for continuation in prayer in order that the gospel may do its work, through doors open for Paul and his companions, the apostle urges wisdom and redemption of time in dealing with outsiders. Grace must always characterise speech. If so, it will enable the right answer to be given when needed.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 11 2022 7:14 AM

DAL:

This Study Bible has very basic outlines: https://www.logos.com/product/49646/apostolic-study-bible-notes 

That is one expensive study bible

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 11 2022 8:13 AM

Mattillo:

DAL:

This Study Bible has very basic outlines: https://www.logos.com/product/49646/apostolic-study-bible-notes 

That is one expensive study bible

Yep! In my wishlist but I don’t think it’s ever been on sale 🤨 And what’s worse, FL hasn’t shown any samples only front page and limited table of contents 🤦🏻‍♂️

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