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THE IMMERSE BIBLE SERIES
comes in six volumes and presents each Bible
book without the distractions of chapter and verse numbers, subject headers,
or footnotes. It’s designed for reading—especially for reading with others. By
committing to just two eight-week sessions per year (spring and fall), you can
read through the entire Bible in three years. And online video and audio support tools make it easy to read together in groups. Step into this three-year
Immerse Bible reading cycle with your friends; then do it again—and again—
for a lifetime of life-giving, life-changing Bible engagement!
I M M E R S E : T H E R E AD ING BIBLE
Immerse: Beginnings
includes the first five
books of the Bible,
known as the Torah
(meaning “instruction”).
These books describe the
origins of God’s creation,
the human rebellion, and
the family of Israel—the people God
chose to be a light to all peoples. We
follow the covenant community from
its earliest ancestors to the time it is
about to enter the Promised Land.
Immerse: Kingdoms
tells the story of Israel
from the time of its conquest of Canaan (Joshua)
through its struggle to
settle the land (Judges,
Ruth) and the establishment of ­Israel’s kingdom,
which ends in a forced exile (Samuel–
Kings). The nation of Israel, commissioned to be God’s light to the nations,
falls to division and then foreign conquest for rejecting God’s rule.
Immerse: Prophets
presents the First Testament prophets in groupings that generally
represent four historical
periods: before the fall of
Israel’s northern ­kingdom
(Amos, Hosea, Micah,
­Isaiah), before the fall of the southern
kingdom (Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk), around the time of Jerusalem’s
destruction (Jeremiah, Obadiah,
­Ezekiel), and after the return from
exile (Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi,
Joel, Jonah).
Immerse: Poets
presents the poetical
books of the First Testament in two groupings,
dividing the books
­between songs (Psalms,
Lamentations, Song of
Songs) and wisdom
­writings (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job).
These writings all reflect the daily,
down-to-earth faith of God’s people
as they live out their covenant
­relationship with him in worship
and wise living.
Immerse: Chronicles
contains the remaining
First Testament books:
Chronicles–Ezra–
­Nehemiah, E
­ sther, and
Daniel. These works were
all written after the
Jewish people fell under
the control of foreign empires and
were scattered among the nations.
They remind God’s chastened people
of their identity and calling to faithfully
represent God to the nations and that
there is still hope for the struggling
dynasty of David.
Immerse: Messiah
provides a unique
guided journey through
the ­entire New Testament.
Each major section is
­anchored by one of the
­Gospels, highlighting the
richness of Scripture’s
fourfold w
­ itness to Jesus the Messiah.
This ­creates a fresh reading of the New
Testament centered on Christ.

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