This course offers a selective introduction to central themes and texts of the Old Testament. With a focus on the Pentateuch (Part I) and the Prophets and Writings (Part II), it aims to cultivate an appreciation of individual works and an awareness of the larger theological worldview of which they form a part. The course will form students for their continued reading of the Old Testament and will ready them to engage the New Testament with even greater vision.
Unit 1: Conquest and Kingship
Unit 2: Kings and Prophets
- Saul and David
- Elijah and Elisha
Unit 3: Fall of the Kingdoms and Exile
- Fall of the Kingdom of Israel
- Fall of the Kingdom of Judah; Jeremiah
- Exile; Ezekiel
Unit 4: Restoration and Return from Exile
- Hope for Restoration: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah
- Return from Exile: Ezra, Nehemiah
Unit 5: Wisdom and Psalms
- Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs
Unit 6: Wisdom and Maccabees
- 1 and 2 Maccabees
- Seven weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- All lectures and supplemental readings provided online.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator-moderated chat sessions with participants in course.
- All course materials are available online in the course.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 4 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.