Survey of the Old Testament I – GBST 103

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

Course Description

A comprehensive survey of Genesis–2 Samuel.




A student of God’s Word must consider the value of the Old Testament for their lives. Not only is the Old Testament the history of the Jewish people, but it 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

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

  1. Explain the importance of the history and narrative of the Old Testament books, Genesis–2 Samuel.
  2. Discuss the application of the Pentateuch in today’s world.
  3. Analyze some of the Middle-Eastern cultural expressions found in Genesis–Deuteronomy.
  4. Evaluate Middle-Eastern history during the time of the Patriarchs and Exodus (2100 B.C.–1400 B.C.).
  5. Discuss the theological perspectives of Genesis–Deuteronomy focusing on how the Pentateuch–Scripture presents God.
  6. Explain the transition from theocracy to monarchy in Israelite History.
  7. Give a thorough description of Israelite History from Creation to King David’s reign.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Presentations

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 (5)

There will be 5 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion Board Forum. Each thread is to be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 175 words. (MLO's A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Interpretive Papers

The student will complete 2 Interpretive Papers based on the given topics. These papers must both be 3 pages and use current Turabian formatting. A minimum of 5 sources must be cited in each paper. These papers will be 125 points each. (MLO's A, B, F, G)

Quizzes (7)

The student will complete 7 quizzes in this course. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain 20 true/false and/or multiplechoice questions. The student will have 20 minutes to complete each quiz. (MLO's A, B, C, D, E, F, G)