Preaching from the Old Testament – HOMI 670

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students to preach from the Old Testament. Special attention will be given to genres and theological themes that arise from the Old Testament text.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


HOMI 670 provides the advanced Homiletics student with the abilities necessary to craft narrative and expository sermons from Old Testament texts. This course will explore the hermeneutical challenges of developing sermons from different Old Testament genres. The student will gain experience in writing sermons that incorporate both sound exegesis and rhetorical development.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Summarize the theological and hermeneutical foundations for Old Testament preaching.
    2. Demonstrate the influence of a Christocentric theological perspective upon the preaching of Old Testament texts.
    3. Prepare a genre-specific outline noting the structural relationships of various ideas in the text.
    4. Design a sermon manuscript that properly connects the main idea of the text with appropriate rhetorical elements.

Program Learning Outcomes for HOMI 670

HOMI 670 supports the academic programs of the Rawlings School of Divinity as a Homiletics elective.

The program learning outcomes for these programs are listed with the program in the 2019/20 Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog. This course is related to at least one of the program learning outcomes listed for each of these programs and contributes to your success in acquiring the knowledge and skills that are described. Here is the link to the catalog page where this information can be found:

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to one other classmate’s threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (MLOs: A, B, C)

Sermon Manuscript Assignments (3)

Each student will write a 12-page sermon manuscript based on the passages assigned in the course. The student will submit a title page, the required exegetical work assignments, and the 12-page manuscript. The manuscript will utilize the appropriate formatting to demonstrate the various elements of the sermon. (MLOs: C, D)