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All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV

We all have our favorite Bible verse or verses, even a favorite Bible Book, but are there any Bible books we don’t read or appreciate as much?

Since I volunteered to teach adult Sunday school last summer, I looked for a neglected book of the Bible I had not explored before. First Chronicles was my choice for the following reasons:

  1. I had never heard a series of sermons, Bible studies, or Sunday school lessons on this topic.
  2. Often people writing commentaries on individual books of the Bible combine the books of Samuel and Chronicles with an emphasis on Samuel.

In the course of my preparation I learned:

  1. An abundance of teaching material on 1 Chronicles exists: For example, the Precept-Austin website preceptaustin.org contains extended summaries from over sixty sources. Individuals from many centuries and backgrounds contributed to this compendium. I could also draw from many other commentaries, Bible dictionaries, atlases, and concordances as well.
  2. Men of my local church provided insights in individual lessons on the Ark of the Covenant, Bible Geography, and Music in the Bible.
  3. As I prepared lessons I recalled examples of how God worked in my life and shared them with the class.

I have now finished this Sunday school course and I am preparing devotionals in this book from what I have learned.  One teaching I will never forget is the one Paul used in the book of 2 Timothy to remind his young student that: “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16, KJV).

Each book of the Bible has its place.

Through study we see the Master’s grace.

First Chronicles is important too.

Each book has a lesson meant for you.

Treasure can be mined from neglected books of the Bible.


What neglected book of the Bible would you like to study and why?