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BIBL 104 O LD T ESTAMENT C HARACTER S KETCH B IBLE S TUDY T EMPLATE Name: Date: Section: BIBL 104 – Instructions: For this assignment, you will be studying the life of one of the characters from Courageous Faith . You will use a template developed from Chapter 36 of Everyday Bible Study in order to complete this character-sketch Bible study. You will seek to discover what can be learned from the character you have selected when we purposefully study his or her life using the technique of observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. I. Observation Step One : Choose a person to study. For this character-sketch Bible study I will be studying: Nehemiah Step Two : Identify and list all the Bible passages on the person. You may find it helpful to use a Bible dictionary, Bible handbook, or a study Bible. Remember that some Old Testament characters are mentioned in the New Testament. Nehemiah 1:1- 11 Nehemiah 2:1-17 Nehemiah 3: 1-32 Nehemiah 4: 21, 23 Nehemiah 5: 14-19 Nehemiah 6:15 Nehemiah 7: 2, 7 Nehemiah 8:1, 6, 10, 12 Ezra 2:1 Step Three : Read through each passage, making general observations based on first impressions. List (in complete sentences) at least 10 general observations from the Bible passages on your character. 1. Nehemiah was told in the month of Chisleu that Jerusalem was destroyed and the wall of Jerusalem wa broken down (Neh 1:1-3). Page 1 of 8
BIBL 104 2. Nehemiah was upset when his brother told him about Jerusalem, prayed for the people of Israel, and confessed their sins (Neh 1: 4-7). 3. Nehemiah asks the lord to help the people of Israel (Neh 1: 8-11). 4. Nehemiah asks Artaxerxes the king for permission to go to rebuild Jerusalem, and is granted that permission in the month of Nisan, in the twentienth year of Artaxerxes the king (Neh 2: 1- 10). 5. Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem and inspects the damage to the wall of Jerusalem for three days, then tells the men with him to help him rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so Jerusalem would no longer be in disgrace ( Neh 2: 17) (Hindson, p. 198). 6. The rebuilding of the wall starts with the priests, then each person builds their part of the wall (Neh 3: 1 – 32). 7. As Govenor of Judah, Nehemiah made the decision not to tax his people, and made the other nobles return land, money and forgive all debts (Neh 5: 14-19). 8. The people worked as a team and got the job done in 52 days (Neh 6:15) (Hindson, p.198). 9. Nehemiah gathered the Israelites after they finished rebuilding the wall to celebrate their accomplishment, stating “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh 8:10) (Hindson, p. 201). 10. Ezra brought the book of the Law and read it at the assembly (Neh 8:6) (Hindson, p. 201). 11. Ezra led the Jews in exile back to Jerusalem and Judah (Ezra 2:1).

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