Selected Old Testament (Tawrat) passages from the books of Genesis, Joshua, 1 Samuel and Jonah; and New Testament (Injiil) letters of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John & Acts of the Apostles
Genesis: In chapters 1-11, the book of Genesis recounts God’s good world and humanity’s repeated rebellion. How will God restore blessing to the world? We find the answer in the family of Abraham.
God makes a covenant with Abraham, saying that all the nations will be blessed through his family. The rest of the book of Genesis traces this story through four generations. In each generation we see human failure paired with God’s commitment to rescue and bless. As the story of Joseph summarizes at the end, “You planned this for evil, but God planned it for good, to save many lives” (Gen 50:20).
As the book of Genesis closes, we see a promise of a king through the line of Judah who will be king over the nations and will restore blessing to the world (Gen 49:8-13). It’s this promise that will find its fulfillment in Israel’s Messiah.
Joshua: Joshua leads Israel to settle in the Promised Land. The book of Joshua shows us God’s faithfulness to his covenant with the Israelites to bring them into the land he promised to Abraham. This book points to the importance of covenant obedience before, during, and after God fulfills his promises.
1 Samuel: God raises up two kings, one proud and the other humble. The book of 1 Samuel is an exciting book, split into two parts due to its large size. The first part explores a character study in the figures of Saul and David. They show the importance of humility in God’s people.
The book of the prophet Jonah is a story about a rebellious prophet who becomes angry with God, when God shows mercy and grace to Jonah’s enemies. The prophet Jonah’s account of remarkable experiences with storms at sea, being eaten by a fish, and plants that miraculously grow and die in a day have lessons about God’s great love for human beings, in spite of our sin and rebellion.
The New Testament (Injil) is a collection of 27 books which forms the second, briefer section of the Christian Bible. Unlike the Old Testament (Tawrat and Zabur) which was written over many centuries, the New Testament was written over a span of 100 years, and most of it within a couple of decades. The books are not arranged in the order that they were written, but rather by subject matter and type. The New Testament reveals the message of God through Jesus, the spread of the church, and spiritual guidance for those following God on His path.
The Gospels. These books deal with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Each is written from a different point of view and for a different purpose. All of them spend a major portion of the text dealing with the last week of Jesus’s life, His crucifixion and His resurrection.
Matthew: Visit of the Magi, the Sermon on the Mount, about two dozen parables.
Mark: First gospel written.
Luke: Birth of Jesus, the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, about two dozen more parables.
John: Different in style and tone from the other gospels. Jesus’s raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Acts: The history of the early church. Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the Day of Pentecost, the conversion of Paul and his four missionary journeys.
- Listen to Genesis (Tawureeta Jopaye) in Soninke
- Listen to The Story of the Prophet Moses (Tawureeta Annabi Muusa Xibaare) in Soninke
- Listen to Joshua (Annabi Yuusawu Xibaare) in Soninke
- Listen to 1 Samuel (Samuyeli Kitaabi Hana) in Soninke
- Listen to Jonah (Annabi Yuunusu) in Soninke
- Listen to Matthew (Mace Linjiili) in Soninke
- Listen to Mark (Maarika Linjiili) in Soninke
- Listen to Luke (Luka Linjiili) in Soninke
- Listen to John (Yohanna Linjiili) in Soninke
- Listen to Acts of the Apostles (Faarun Ɲangollu) in Soninke