Old Testament Survey – BIBL 105

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introduction to the authorship and contents of the Old Testament books. Special attention will be given to important persons, places and events, as well as to key chapters in the Old Testament revelation. 




The course rationale is a combination of both edifying and equipping students. In other words, this course is designed to teach students to “fish,” as it were, so that in their future walk with God, they may discern the key theme(s) of Scripture for themselves, therefore making their own Bible study more effective and increasing their utility in conveying the story and universal truths of Scripture to others.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major purposes of the Old Testament.
  2. Summarize the major themes, background, genres, and content of Old Testament literature.
  3. Apply basic hermeneutical principles to the study of biblical literature.
  4. Explain the application of the Old Testament to the Christian life.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

  1. Christianity and Contexts 1: Relate the problem of sin in creation and the redemptive work of Christ, as described in the overarching narrative of Scripture, to various aspects of life and professional disciplines.
  2. Christianity and Contexts 2: Analyze and interpret the biblical text using exegetical methods, employing technology when relevant.
  3. Christianity and Contexts 3: Apply the biblical text and its principles to life in a manner that bridges various contexts and considers the implications for personal growth.
  4. Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.
  6. Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

The student will complete the assigned reading from the Bible and course textbooks and will view the videos for each module. Optional video lectures are also available in the Additional Materials folder. (Learning Outcomes 1–4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2, and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1 and 3; Critical Thinking 1.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. The student must support assertions with references from the specified course textbook. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. (Learning Outcomes 1–4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3, Communication and Information Literacy 1.

Old Testament Bible Study Assignment

The student will complete a Bible study assignment where he or she will demonstrate correct use of the hermeneutical method in order to properly study and understand a passage from the Old Testament. The student will seek to discover what can be learned from the selected passage when he or she is studying using the technique of observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. Additionally, the student will connect the Bible passage to the redemptive narrative of Scripture. Rather than using the typical research paper format, this Bible study assignment will be completed by using a template that addresses each component of the hermeneutical method. (Learning Outcomes: 3 & 4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1; Critical Thinking 1.

Quizzes (8)

Quizzes will cover the Reading & Study material from the Bible and from The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes. Quizzes 2–7 will contain 25 multiple-choice questions and will have a time limit of 1 hour. Quizzes 1 and 8 will contain 20 multiple-choice questions as well as 1 short-answer question and will have a time limit of 1 hour. (Learning Outcomes 1–4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Critical Thinking 1.

Extra Credit – General Education Assessment Test

Students will complete a 28-question General Education Assessment Test that will be used to measure the values, knowledge, and skills they currently possess. Students will answer 4 or 5 questions that are drawn from each of the six key foundation skill areas upon which our general education curriculum is built (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). No test preparation is required; no books or notes are necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to answer every question to the best of their ability. 1 extra credit point will be awarded for each correct response. Extra credit points earned will be automatically factored into students’ scores but will not alter total points possible for the course (1010).