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Old Testament Survey

4-6 March 2011 (check back here at 6PM for a link to our live broadcast)

Required Reading:

1. The Old Testament (between 2010 October and 2011 March - any major translation)

2. An Introduction to the Old Testament by Raymond B. Dillard and Tremper Longman III

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Class Schedule

Friday 6:45-7:00PM Registration ($30 registration for this class)

7:00-9:00PM Overview of OT, OT Event Timeline, and the Torah and Covenants

Saturday 9:00-11:30AM The History Books of the OT

1:30-5:30PM OT Poetry and the Wisdom Books

Sunday 2:00-5:00PM The Prophets of the OT

Essay Preparation

Prepare Essay Number One in the Scriptural Study section and bring it to class on March 4, 2011. Each essay should be at least 700 words (about one and a half pages single spaced using a 12pt font. You will answer one additional essay question from the remaining five on the exam. Of the remaining five essays, the exam will offer you three options—you will complete one of them:


  1. The Exodus emerges numerous times throughout the Old Testament—why and how does it remain so powerful and influential?  As part of this answer, (1) identify two other parts of the Old Testament in which the importance or centrality of the Exodus (or the exodus motif in general) is expounded.  What do these passages demonstrate about the importance of the exodus for the situation/event under consideration in the passage?  Also, (2) identify one writing or section of scripture in the New Testament in which the Exodus plays a prominent role.  How do these writings underscore the importance of the Exodus for the present-day Church and for your spirituality? 
  2. Select a portion of scripture in the Old Testament (at least 10-12 verses long) and a portion of scripture in the New Testament of equal size that tackle the same theme, action, or concern   Identify whether the passages share common characters (biblical persons), theological concern (sin, poverty, salvation, forgiveness, power, etc.), or some other theme or topic.  How does one passage shed light on the other?  (You may select a passage from the NT that quotes a passage from the OT.  In that case, discuss how the passage formed in one historical context is used in another).       



  1. In terms of the spiritual life, the Psalms seem to cover three different seasons, each characterized by a specific outlook and way of addressing God--what are those seasons?  Select a psalm for each season and provide an analysis of the text.  Please include, at the least, commentary on emotional tone, movement or flow of text (from one emotion and/or form of speech to another), the main claims about God’s character and action, and the general intention/resolution of the psalm as a whole.  
  2. In Exodus and Leviticus, a substantial amount of material is devoted to the proper worship of God, with attention directed to the Tabernacle and its furnishings, the different types of offerings, and the priesthood.  Please present a review of either (a) three different furnishings or items of worship in the Tabernacle or within the Tabernacle precincts, OR (b) three different types of offerings.  What purpose does each of the selected items or offerings serve for worship and what does each of them teach about the proper worship of God in general?  What have they taught you about yourself or God that will have an enduring influence on your Christian spiritual life?  


  1. Explain the basic role and message of the prophets.  How do their role and message specifically relate to the Abrahamic, Mosaic and Davidic covenants?  Explain the general categories or issues with regard to which they condemned Israel.  What lessons from the prophets are most important for the present church in North America?
  2. In what ways does the coming and resurrection of Christ “fulfill” the life and covenant of Israel with YHWH?  Specifically, provide arguments about how Christ’s life, death, and resurrection engages the topics of sin, human relationships (both one-on-one and as a collectivity/people), resource distribution (economics/possessions), and authority/leadership that emerge in the Old Covenant?




OTS Slides for Pentateuch and History Books

Here are the slides for the lessons on the Pentateuch and History books of the Old Testament. You may also access them for download here.



Old Testament Timeline

An overview of events of the Old Testament


Ideas on Preparing for the OT Essays

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