We’re here to promote reading, study, and the use of God’s word. The first way we’re doing that is to publish The OBSCURE Bible Study Series. It’s unique because it focuses on obscure characters and events to tell the story of the Bible. Why would you want to study people in the Bible that very few people have heard of? Here are three good reasons:
Unique, New, and Fresh
For experienced Bible students, these characters will provide a fresh approach to Bible study. Since the material will be unfamiliar to most participants, new believers or those just starting Bible study won’t feel intimidated by students who have been studying for years. Most participants will not be acquainted with the majority of the characters and events in this series.
Knowledge of Scripture
These studies are a great introduction for those just beginning Bible study. Regardless of their level of knowledge, everyone should find the characters and stories provide an opportunity to grow in their faith by investigating fascinating and unusual biblical stories and incidents.
Valuable Life Lessons
These lesser-known characters are a lot like you and me. God uses all sorts of people to accomplish His plans! You will become familiar with ordinary people, strange characters, and people living on the fringe of life who have the same troubles and challenges as people today. The deep truths and life lessons embedded in these studies are worthy of our attention.
What Can You Expect from the OBSCURE Bible Study Series??
- being born again
- the remnant
- the sabbath
- the World, Creation, and End Times.
The series as a whole provides both a broad and fresh understanding of the nature of God as we see Him act in the lives of people we’ve never examined before.
For example, Scripture mentions Shamgar only twice. One verse in Judges 3:31 tells his story and 5:6 simply establishes a timeline and says nothing more about him. Shamgar was a contemporary of Deborah. Judges 3:31 says that he killed 600 Philistines with his oxgoad. If I was Shamgar and I killed 600 Philistines with a stick, I would be hoping for a little more coverage than one verse!
Then there is Nicodemus, with whom we associate the concept of being “born again.” His name appears only 5 times, all in one short passage in the book of John. Eve, although obviously not obscure, is included in order to investigate the creation story.
Another unique aspect of this series is that an extensive leader guide is available for anyone leading a small group discussion. You could facilitate an active discussion without having extensive knowledge of the Bible. All that’s required is reading the questions and keeping the discussion focused and on track. The guide contains answers to all the personal study questions as well as background context and additional discussion questions.
What will you find here?
It’s our goal to demonstrate the intriguing nature of these obscure characters. We plan to publish seventeen books with 144 lessons. We’ll explore the lives of approximately 159 different characters all together! Each week on the blog we’ll develop and comment on an interesting situation, life lesson, or spiritual concept as described or identified in one of the study lessons.
We’d love for you to be a part of the conversation! Follow along here each week and join us on Facebook for even more comments and discussion about the weekly topic. If you want to make sure you don’t miss the blog posts, sign up for our email list as we’ll be including a link to the blog post in our weekly short, thought-provoking, bible-focused emails.