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You may download the full lesson quarterly for studying The Promise: God’s Everlasting Covenant from Amazon in Kindle format. This study guide is based on a 1982 Bible Study Guide written by Gerhard Hasel, who, at the time of his death was known as a widely recognized scholar, serving as the first John Nevins Andrews Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology and as director of the Ph.D. and Th.D. programs at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The study guide has been updated and revised by the author and a committee representing the various world divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. You can read about how this lesson quarterly was developed in the Adventist Theological Society Journal.
The Bible Bookshelf companion book, The Promise: God’s Everlasting Covenant, by Gerhard F. Hasel and Michael G. Hasel is a revision of Gerhard Hasel’s Covenant in Blood, an Adventist classic previously published in 1982.
Click here for an interesting life sketch of Dr Frank Hasel, who was born in Vienna, Austria, on July 27, 1935, the third and next-to-youngest child of Franz Joseph and Helene Hasel. (His siblings were Michael, Melissa, and Marlena.) He became a widely-known scholar and an active leader in his local church.
As a child, Gerhard spent the war years, 1939-1945, in or near Frankfurt, Germany. His father, a Seventh-day Adventist minister and literature evangelist, was early drafted into the Wehrmacht and assigned to the Russian front. You can read the inspiring and often electrifying story of Franz Hasel in the German Army in World War II written by his younger sister, Susi, in A Thousand Shall Fall by Susi Hasel Mundy. (Available in Kindle, Paperback and Hardcover editions. You might not opt for the hardcover though, at over $1,000.00)
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Large Print and Teachers’ editions are available only at your local Adventist Book Center in paper format (shipping charges apply). You can download PDF files for each week’s lesson at the Adult Bible Study Guide site, including the regular Adult Lessons, Easy English, Teachers’ editions. Spanish lessons are under “Other Languages.”
Ellen White Notes for The Promise, April, May, June, is the Pacific Press version of Ellen White notes. These are available in Paperback format from the Adventist Book Center. The Kindle version is a great value at only US$2.99.
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More Resources on The Promise: God’s Everlasting Covenant
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- What Happened? March 27 – April 2
- Covenant Primer April 3-9
- “All Future Generations“ April 10-16
- An Everlasting Covenant April 17-23
- Children of the Promise April 24-30
- Abraham’s Seed May 1-7
- Covenant at Sinai May 8-14
- “Covenant Law“ May 15-21
- Covenant Sign May 22-28
- The New Covenant May 29 – June 4
- New Covenant Sanctuary June 5-11
- Covenant Faith June 12-18
- The New Covenant Life June 19-25
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Bible Versions Table
Scripture references other than from the King James Version quoted by permission in this Bible study guide, for Standard Edition, Fourth Quarter 2020, are as follows:
Message. The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. NIV. The Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. NKJV. New King James Version®. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
NKJV. King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
NLV. New Life Version, copyright © 1969, 2003. Used by permission of Barbour Publishing, Inc., Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683. All rights reserved.
NRSV. New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission.
RV. The Holy Bible, Revised Version, Oxford University Press, 1911.