Course Summary

The story of the Old Testament in view of the activity of God


The study deals with core Old Testament concepts, where God is the center. In presenting a unified view of God, the course considers the function of Scripture, ways God works, and how God’s activity interfaces with culture. Included is the faith of Israel as it developed over the course of, and in conjunction with, Israel’s history, essential elements of Old Testament theology, and the theological relationship of the Old and New Testaments and the relevance of the Old Testament to modern life. These modules are designed to increase the student's knowledge of the basic elements of Old Testament theology and build on the student's general acquaintance with the Scriptures. Moreover, the course further develops the student's critical thinking and writing skills. The course is organized in five modules: (1) Discovery, (2) Themes in Old Testament Theology, (3) Theology in Wisdom Literature, (4) Theology in the Psalms, and (5) Messianic Themes. These modules are designed to build on the student's general acquaintance with the Scriptures. 5 semester hours of undergraduate credit. BRS 1 and 2 are recommended prerequisites. (Students who intend to seek admission into the B.R.S. degree program are required to pass a comprehensive proctored exam following completion of BRS 3. The exam score will not affect the course grade.)

Objectives

1. Identify the key words, concepts, themes, and literary structure of the compositions.

2. Formulate conclusions about the theological importance of specific biblical texts.

3. Detect the characteristics of the faith of Israel as it developed over the course of, and in conjunction with, Israel's history.

4. Appraise the theological relationship of the Old and New Testaments.

5. Determine if Old Testament theology has application for today.

6. Demonstrate a sense of community with fellow students.

7. Develop critical thinking and writing skills.

8. Determine key theological themes, events and concepts associated with the Old Testament.

Credit

Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on each of four multiple choice examinations (Modules 1-3, 5), a writing assignment (Module 4), and 25 discussion forum postings of 250 words each, either original threads or responses to other students. The exams and writing assignment (including the postings) are valued at 20 percent each toward the final grade. A sample exam problem is given below:

A unique characteristic of the God who reveals himself in the Old Testament is his (A) exclusiveness, (B) identification with prayer, (C) identification with sacrifice, (D) association with a specific place.

Resources

The course syllabus and a Bible, plus an online discussion by
Paul House, presented by BibleTraining.org.

If you prefer to substitute the book for House's lecture presentation:

House, Paul R. Old Testament Theology. IVP Academic, 1998. 655 pages. $22.17 ISBN: 978-0830815234