"What Saith the Scriptures"

A warm welcome to this series of sound recordings entitled “What saith the Scriptures?” Recordings in which we give a brief outline of the message and content of the books of the Bible. This material, adapted by Pastor Jack Seaton, came from anonymous notes in an old edition of a Bible consisting of eleven small pocket-size volumes.

To the books of the New Testament

A brief audio introduction to Genesis the first book of the Bible. We learn the meaning of Genesis, who its author was and a brief outline of the message and content of the book.


Exodus, the second book of the Bible comes under consideration in this summary. We learn that it is both historical and legislative in content.


Leviticus the third book in the Bible, containing Levitical law and ritual precedents, is considered and commented upon.


This fourth book of the Pentateuch is so called from the double numbering of the Jewish people recorded in its pages and resumes the history of the Israelites which had been partly dropped in Leviticus.


The book is named from its relating to the eventful period in the history of the Jewish people, whilst under the leadership and Joshua and is a sequel to the book of Deuteronomy.


The book of Judges describes in a fragmentary form the period from the death of Joshua to the Judgeship of Eli.


The book of Ruth has no historical connection with the narrative of the Jewish history. Originally forming part of the book of Judges.


1st and 2nd Samuel make up the "Book of Samuel". Here we take up the history of the Jewish nation from the book of Judges and carry it on to the close of the reign of David.

1st & 2nd Samuel

We have here recorded the death of King David, accession of Solomon. We learn of his glorious reign, his power and wisdom. In this portion we see the hand of God shaping the destinies of the Jewish people.

1st & 2nd Kings

Jewish tradition teaches that Ezra the scribe wrote the "two books of Chronicles" for the use of the two tribes that returned from bondage in the land of Babylon.

1st & 2nd Chronicles

The book of Ezra records the return of the remenant of the Jewish people to Babylon. Here we learn of the resetlement in Jerusalem and rebuilding the Temple.


Nehemiah, having heard from some of his countrymen of the misfortunes of his people sought permission from the King Artaxerxes to go to Jerusalem and to take part in the re-building of the city.


A wonderful story of heroism in the face of hatred. Here we find the origin of the “Feast of Purim”, the history behind the feast and most of all learn of God's sovereignty in all situations..


The atmosphere of the Book breathes of a primitive state of society and points to an antique origin. The Psalms, Proverbs and the New Testament widely quote Job.


The delightful study of the Psalms has yielded me boundless profit and ever-growing pleasure. C. H. Spurgeon


One of three works ascribed to Solomon. Proverbial teaching is one of the most ancient forms of instruction.


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Another of the three works ascribed to Solomon. Ecclesiastes means one who addresses an assembly, a Preacher or a Teacher.


Song of Solomon or the Canticles, or the Song of Songs ascribed to Solomon is believed to have been written in his early manhood

Song of Solomon

None of the prophets is so often referred to in the New Testament, both by our Lord Himelf and his apostles – one-fifth of the quotations from the Old Testament found in the New are from the writings of Isaiah.


Jeremiah is the second of the greater prophets and was of a sensitive temperament, little fitted for the distrubing times in which he exercised his prophetical office.


The Lamentation of Jeremiah consists of five separate poems. These Jeremiah composed in an alphabetical form and mourn the fall of Jerusalem that he so often warned about.


Ezekiel was a priest and the son of a priest. He was contemporary in the later years of Jeremiah. He is the third in the order of the greater prophets.


The Book of Daniel is the fourth in order of the greater prophets and is considered by the Jews the greatest of them all. They refer to Daniel as "The Prophet".


The author gives a short introduction to the "Minor Prophets" which are 12 books in all. This podcast introduces Hosea and Joel the first two of those "Minor Prophets".

Hosea & Joel

A short introduction to three more of the Minor Prophets. We are introduced to Amos, Obadiah and Jonah.

Amos, Obadiah & Jonah

Here we are introduced to three more of the Minor Prophets - Micah, Nahum and Habukkuk

Micah, Nahum & Habukkuk

A short introduction to the last four of the Minor Prophets. Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. These are also the last books of the Old Testament

Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi

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The Gospels is that collective name given to the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Introduction to the Gospels

This is the first of the Gospels and opens the New Testament. Matthew shows how Christ fulfills and is the fulfilment of everything that was stated or prophesied in the Old Testament.

Gospel of Matthew

The gospel of Mark has been described as “reminiscences” of Jesus as told by Peter to his friend John Mark.

Gospel of Mark

Luke is the first part of a two-part history of the Works of God, beginning with the days just prior to the birth of Christ and going on into the years following Christ's resurrection and ascension to Glory.

Gospel of Luke

John's Gospel is the gospel by the one about whom we read, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" His is a gospel full of passionate, never-failing, brooding love.

Gospel of John

The Acts of the Apostles forms a connecting link between the gospels and the epistles. It is the history of the first extension of the Christian Church covering a time span of about thirty years.

Book of Acts

Romans is the first Epistle to follow the Acts of the Apostles and it is not difficult to see why this should be the case for the epistle contains the sum and substance of saving faith.


Someone said the epistle to the Corinthians gives us a picture of "the Church of God in Vanity Fair." You will find the founding of the church in Corinth in Acts chapter 18. The Lord's instruments in the work were, the apostle Paul in company with Silas and Timothy.

1st and 2nd Corinthians

There are three main divisions in Paul's Epistle to the Galatians: Biographical, Historical and Doctrinal. There is an overlapping of the divisions throughout the book and all have a bearing on one another.


The Epistle to the Ephesians divides itself into two main parts: 1. Doctrinal and theological. (Chapters 1 to 3) 2. Practical and ethical. (Chapters 4 to 6)


The founding of the church at Philippi is one of the most stirring chapters in the spread of the gospel at the hands of the apostles.


The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Colosse as two particular brands of false teaching were troubling the church. In the letter, his words point out to the Colossians that there is nothing greater than Christ.


In Acts chapter 17 we have the founding of the Church at Thessalonica. Many received God's message and among them were Jews, “God fearers” and a considerable number of “noteable women”.

1st Thessalonians

In Acts chapter 17 we have the founding of the Church at Thessalonica. Many received God's message and among them were Jews, “God fearers” and a considerable number of “noteable women”.

2nd Thessalonians

1st Timothy is one of three books which receive the common, combined title of "The Pastoral Epistles". The others are 2nd Timothy and Titus.

1st Timothy

Paul wrote this letter while in prison. Within the text of the letter we learn great truths and receive an insight into Paul's thoughts, especially about martyrdom.

2nd Timothy

Titus is another of the three Pastoral Epistles written by Paul. He wrote this letter to Titus who was living in Nicopolis. Like the other Pastoral Epistles, there is much meat for our souls to digest.


The Epistle of Paul to Philemon is the shortest of Paul's letters. Short or not it is full of food for the soul and directions for the feet.


The great theme of the epistle is our Lord Jesus Christ as superior to all and greater than all. Greater than the angels, Moses, Joshua, greater than Aaron. He is greater than all.


The Epistle of James is referred to as “the epistle of practice”. He teaches that true saving faith in a person's life must result in good works that are to the praise and honour of Christ.


Peter stands out as one of the Bible's great monuments to the work of sanctifying grace wrought out in a person's heart by the Holy Spirit of God.

1st Peter

Addressed to the same set of believers as the first letter and in this letter he deals chiefly with a distasteful subject to most. It is the issue of "damnable heresies," and those who perpetuate them.

2nd Peter

This first epistle of John is well entitled by many the epistle of “Life”. The concluding remarks summarise the epistle, “The Christian life calls or right living, genuine loving, and true believing.”

1st John

These letters of 2nd and 3rd John are both very small yet both contain great truths and both are well worth their weight in gold.

2nd & 3rd John

It wouldn't be wrong to say that the Epistle of Jude expresses the dilemma of many a “Pastor and Teacher” within the ranks of the Churches of Christ. The Revelation or the Apocalypse of John presents every reader of the Bible with a piece of strange ground.

Jude & Revelation