Genesis – OBST 650

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

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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the general themes and contents of Genesis.
  2. Describe the major critical issues and interpretive problems in Genesis with due attention to literary genre.
  3. Discuss the general cultural, geographical, historical, and religious background for Genesis in its ancient Near East context.
  4. Use the book of Genesis as an aid in understanding Christian theology and devotionally in his/her personal walk with Christ.

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The student is required to post a thread of at least 500 words. For each thread, assertions must be supported with primary evidence from the Bible and with at least 2 secondary sources from the course materials or presentations. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 225 words each. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Critical Analyses (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 below. 

Part 1

In part one of each critical analysis, the student will summarize the major highlights of the book he or she is delineating, pointing out how the author(s) is(are) making his(their) case. The student must identify the style/organization of the author’s(s’) argument and how the argument unfolds. This portion of the analysis must take up at least 2 pages (double-spaced using Times New Roman 12-pt font with 1-inch margins) and include proper, current Turabian format for any references used.

Part 2

In part two of each critical analysis, the student must critically engage the contents of the book being investigated. Strengths and weaknesses of the author’s(s’) presentation need to be identified, along with counterarguments and possible areas of further study. This portion of the analysis must take up at least 2 pages (double-spaced using Times New Roman 12-pt font with 1-inch margins) and include proper, current Turabian format for any references used.

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.