Genesis – OBST 650

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

An examination of Genesis with particular emphasis on the major themes and events: creation, flood, patriarchal narratives, and the Abrahamic Covenant. Attention will be given to significant historical and archaeological details relative to the cultural milieu as well as to crucial theological concepts found in key chapters in the book.

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


This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools to understand and apply this foundational Old Testament book of beginnings. The ministerial student should be able to properly understand and interpret this Old Testament book for preaching, teaching, and/or counseling.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will be required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates' threads. Each reply must be at least 225 words. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)

Critical Analysis Assignments (2)

Students will complete a critical analysis of both Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? and The Bible Among the Myths. Both of these analyses must completely satisfy the two-part prompt provided in the assignment instructions which asks students to provide a summary of each work's major highlights and critically engage what each work offers in their respective presentations. (CLOs: B, C)

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete 4 quizzes throughout the course. Questions are drawn from the presentations and readings throughout the course. Each quiz consists of 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The quizzes are open-book and open-note but must be completed within 1 hour and 30 minutes. (CLOs: A, D)