MSP 204: In the Beginning: Understanding the Old Testament

In the Beginning: Understanding the Old Testament

The Old Testament is the foundation of the Christian faith. This course is designed to help students understand the broad themes of the Old Testament as well as its characters and theology. This course will help students to apply lessons from the Old Testament to modern-day life situations, understand the roots of New Testament teachings, and preach and teach from the Old Testament.

Student Learning Objectives:

The student will be able to identify the seven major periods of Old Testament history and correctly locate key events, major people, and primary geographic locations within each period.

The student will be able to explain the main theological themes of the Old Testament and trace the progressive development of these themes through the Old Testament.

The student will be able to name the three major “divisions” of the canon of the Old Testament and demonstrate an ability to identify and interpret the major literary genre of each section.

The student will acquire a basic familiarity with the purpose and content of each book of the Old Testament and will be able to develop teaching and preaching content that is relevant to a 21st century audience.

The student will develop a general awareness of “non-evangelical” approaches to the study of the Old Testament and be able to interact with those views from an evangelical perspective.

Required Texts

The following texts are used for this course:

  • Arnold, B. & Beyer, B. (Eds.) (2015). Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian survey (3rd ed.). Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, MI. ISBN: 978-080149538

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