All Class Clips content is available to watch on mobile, tablet and desktop devices on our new Knowledge & Learning BETA website.
The contents of the Old Testament
This clip summarises the content of the Old Testament after the 'Torah' or first five 'law' books. The remaining books are divided into three sections - the history books, describing the history of the Israelites; the books of wisdom with their poems, sayings and songs; and, finally, the prophets who spoke out about God. The clip ends with a reference to the prediction, by Isaiah, of the coming of the Messiah.
This is a useful summary of the Old Testament as part of a unit on the origins of the Bible and its contents. The clip assumes that a more detailed explanation of the first five books is already understood (see the clip 'the Ten Commandments'). Ask pupils to think of all the types or genres of books you might find in a library. Allow students to physically leaf through the Old Testament to understand its size and format.
List the four main sections of the Old Testament together. They could 'dip in' at a random point, read a section and find out which of the sections described in the clip it would fit into. Well chosen references could be given for them to look up and read out to the class.
The significence and meaning of the 'Messiah' could be further explored.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.