BIBL473: Old Testament Backgrounds

07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

An examination of the historical, literary and socioeconomic milieu of the Old Testament. (Formerly BIBL 373)


(BIBL 105 and BIBL 110) or (BIBL 205 and BIBL 210) or (BIBL 105 and BIBL 210) or (BIBL 205 and BIBL 110)


In order to grasp the message of the Old Testament, it is imperative to understand the world in which it was written. By examining the historical-cultural context of the ancient Near East from the Ancestral Period to the Second Temple Period, students will be better equipped to interpret, communicate, and live out the teachings of the Old Testament. 

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussion are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompts. Each thread must be a minimum of 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to a minimum of two other classmates’ threads, even though more replies are encouraged. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Using Gentry & Wellum’s God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants, the student will reflect on the significance of ancient Near Eastern covenants and how they influence our understanding of the Old Testament and the biblical metanarrative. (CLOs: A, B, E)

The student will submit a 900–1,500-word review of Gentry and Wellum’s God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants. This assignment is an opportunity to review the major themes and arguments presented by the authors, examine areas that could be critiqued, and (most importantly) reflect on the ways that these ideas influence the way we live. The review must be written in current Turabian format and include a summary, critique, and application in addition to a title page and bibliography. (CLOs: A, B, D, E)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the designated modules: weeks stated in its instructions. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions, and have a 60 minute time limit. (CLOs: A, B, E)

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