Graduate Course Catalog

Old Testament

OT 501 – Introduction to the Old Testament

  • Course Number: OT 501
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The course will give an overview of the entire Old Testament, highlighting the authorship, themes, and historical context of each book. Included will be a brief study of the lives of the main men and women of the Old Testament world. This course uses the survey method of study. Here students will not only learn “about” the Old Testament, but also learn “how to study inductively.” Students will be guided through background information and other materials as they are encouraged to discover for themselves each of the Old Testament books.

OT 502 – Historical Geography of Israel

  • Course Number: OT 502
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

In Historical Geography of Israel the students will learn about the geographic regions of Israel and how the geography affected the lives of peoples who lived there in biblical times. The student will study the context of the surrounding regions and civilizations that played a huge role in the history of the Promised Land. There will also be opportunity to apply historical and geographical information to selected biblical texts and stories.

OT 520 – The Pentateuch

  • Course Number: OT 520
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

This course is designed to introduce the student to the historical, literary, and theological interpretation of the Pentateuch. Individual assignments and readings will also draw attention to historical questions, hermeneutical challenges, and practical applications.

OT 525 – The Hebrew Prophets

  • Course Number: OT 525
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

This course chronologically reviews the biblical messages (“books”) of the Hebrew Prophets which were delivered in the eighth to fourth centuries BC. These messages comprise the major and minor prophetic sections of our Old Testament. Students will examine background information, selected themes, and literary structures for these books. They will have multiple opportunities to compare, contrast, and synthesize what the prophets said. The assignments also include present-day applications that grapple with the question, “What do the prophets still tell us today?”