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.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
A student of God’s Word must consider the value of the Old Testament for his or her life. Not only is the Old Testament the history of the Jewish people, but it also holds God’s earliest teachings of sin, repentance, and justification. This course identifies the points of importance for a more complete, historical, and contextual understanding of God’s revelation to man.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Measurable Learning Outcomes
- Identify major purposes of the Old Testament.
- Summarize the major themes, background, genres, and content of Old Testament literature.
- Apply basic hermeneutical principles to the study of biblical literature.
- Explain the application of the Old Testament to the Christian life.
General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes
- 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.
- Christianity and Contexts 2: Analyze and interpret the biblical text using exegetical methods, employing technology when relevant.
- 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.
- Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose
- Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.
- Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
Reading and Study
The student will complete the assigned reading from the Bible and course textbooks and will view the videos for each module. (MLO's: 1–4)
This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: 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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. 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. (MLOs: 1–4)
This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: 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 they 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. (MLOs: 3 & 4)
This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1; Critical Thinking 1.
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20–25 multiple-choice, true/false, or short-answer questions. Students will have 1 hour to complete each quiz. (MLOs: 1–4)
This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Critical Thinking 1.