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Slide 1 - Old Testament Survey
- Grand Canyon University: BIB-106
- Josh Hartwell
- Module 1
Slide 3 - Welcome!
- It is great to have you in the class. This course serves as introduction to the Old Testament.
- The goal of the course is to provide a greater foundation for understanding the Old Testament as a foundation for further coursework in biblical and theological studies.
Slide 4 - The Importance of the Old Testament
- For Worship
- Demonstrates God’s faithfulness to both his word and to his people
- Provides examples of worship throughout the Old Testament
- Stresses the desire of God to be the foremost
- For Christian Studies
- The Old Testament highlights the personhood of God
- Defines humanity
- Establishes the entrance of sin and the need for the Messiah
Slide 5 - Goals of the Course
- Follow the biblical narrative
- Identify the types of genres found in the Old Testament
- Place historical periods into a sequential order
- Begin to identify theological themes
Slide 6 - Assignments
- Discussion Forum
- Answer DQs 1 and 2
- Participate throughout the week
- Study Guides
- Answer the questions using the textbook provided for this course
- Term Paper
- The course design includes a term paper. The paper will completed in stages throughout the course according to the syllabus
- There are three exams throughout this course. The study guides will provide some assistance in preparation for the exam.
Slide 7 - Discussion Questions and Participation
- Discussion Questions
- Each week you must answer both discussion question loaded into the classroom.
- I am add one or two questions to the discussion forum to continue the conversation. There will not be required, but will count toward participation.
- Participation requires you to engage your classmates on at least three different days of the week making two substantial posts on those days carrying the conversation.
- Participation requires more than simple comments (e.g. good job, I didn’t think of that, etc.).
Slide 8 - Module 1: Background
Slide 9 - Background: Why Study the Old Testament
- A person will never properly understand the New Testament Scripture if the Old Testament Scriptures remain a mystery. . . (Benware, 1993,12).
- Perhaps . . . our lack of understanding of the Old Testament that has brought about a basic deficiency in our knowledge of God and, as a result, our walk with Him (Benware, 1993, 13).
Slide 10 - Basics to the Old Testament
- God and humanity.
- Both are central to the Old Testament as characters and authors
- The Old Testament is the narrative between God and the human creation.
- The interaction demonstrates the very nature of God
- The Old Testament covers the creation of the universe to approximately 400 B.C.
- It was written approximately 1400 B.C. to 400 B. C.
- The Old Testament is the record of God’s continued interest and involvement with humanity, specifically the nation of Israel
- It is generally understood the Old Testament primarily occurs in the modern day Middle East ranging from Iran to Egypt.
- The primary focus is on the modern day nation of Israel.
Slide 11 - The Basic Outline of the Bible
- The Old Testament
- The New Testament
- End Times
Slide 12 - The Hebrew Old Testament Organization
- Ketuvim (Hagiographa)
- Genesis through Deuteronomy
- Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings)
- Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the 12 Minor Prophets)
- Poetry (Psalms, Proverbs, Job)
- Five Scrolls (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther)
- Other Books (Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles)
Slide 13 - The Old Testament Historical Record
- 1-2 Samuel
- 1-2 Kings
Slide 14 - Module 1: The Content
Slide 15 - The Covenants: Term Paper 1
- The covenants mark a new working of God throughout the Old Testament. The Reformed Tradition and the Dispensationalist understand the role of the covenants differently. (We will park for a theological class).
- In this module you will begin studying the five major Old Testament Covenants in the Term Paper Part 1
- Resource for the Covenants:
- For further research:
- Consider the type of covenants as well.
Slide 16 - Inspiration: DQ 2
- Inspiration is the transmission of the biblical text from God to humanity. There are several theories as to the mechanism of this process as suggested by DQ 2.
- As this question borders on the line of a theological statement the following resources are beneficial to this study:
- Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Chapter on Inspiration)
- Millard Erikson Christian Theology