Follow this link to “Bible Briefs” an exciting new project from Virginia Theological Seminary. Here you can download free of charge a series of short, highly readable pamphlets introducing the books of Scripture! Each little pamphlet presents a concise (tract-size), stimulating introduction to a biblical book, which will send you straight to the Old and New Testaments to begin adventuring through the actual Scriptures. These little introductions are written with you in mind! They are by gifted scholars of the church who are skilled at opening the pages of the Bible for a broad audience. All of us want to dig more deeply into the riches of Scripture, and can benefit from these little guide books to its contents. We finally have a set of pamphlets to orient us to God’s Word! Jews and Christians are both “people of the book.” Their communities of faith owe their origins to God’s lively Word, arcing with power off the pages of Scripture, which has always continued to nurture and advance them. Only through the ongoing nourishment of the Word, crackling with the Holy Spirit’s energy, can the church renew itself for each new era and continue to embody God’s new creation. God makes God’s self known to us most significantly in the form of verbal revelation. God’s Word, above all else, is the church’s sustenance and foundation. To be the church, God’s church, is nothing other than to preach and to hear God’s singular, incomparable Word, and to celebrate the sacraments. Please feel free to print out these PDF downloads and use them for personal growth and for group study. These studies are perfect for individuals embarking on a personal Bible study, hoping to have the Bible become an essential part of their lives. They are a wonderful resource as well for church groups or adult forums journeying into a book of Scripture, such as Exodus, Psalms, or Mark.