132: Syllabus

Introduction to the Old Testament

Semester: 2017 Fall
Credit hours: Two
Lecturer: David Murray
email: david.murray@prts.edu
Office hours: Book a time here.
Facilitator: Chris Engelsma
Course Description:
This course will analyze each Old Testament book in terms of author, date, historical analysis, literary analysis, thematic analysis, New Testament analysis, and original message.
Course Objectives:
The student will be able:

  1. To identify the author and date of each Old Testament book;
  2. To supply arguments to rebut common attacks on the text and theology of the Old Testament;
  3. To analyze each Old Testament book from historical, literary and theological perspectives;
  4. To show the Christ-centered nature of each Old Testament book;
  5. To connect each Old Testament Book to the New Testament;
  6. To highlight the original message to the original audience of each book;
  7. To discover and apply the present message of each book to ourselves and our present audiences;
  8. To use the tools for exegeting and preaching the Old Testament.
Course Requirements:
The course will proceed week by week starting Aug. 28. At this time (a Monday), the first lesson will become available to you. Complete each lesson by starting at the top and working your way down through the list of assignments. The very first item listed in every lesson is the time allotment. For your own time management, they are all listed here:
Week 1: Pentateuch & Genesis
Time allotment: 6 hours

Pentateuch quiz

Genesis quiz

Lecture Response – Genesis 1-3

Lecture Response – Genesis 4-11

Lecture Response – Genesis 12-25

Lecture Response – Genesis 26-50

Week 2: Exodus
Time allotment: 4 hours

Exodus quiz

Lecture Response – Exodus 1-18

Lecture Response – Exodus 19-24

Lecture Response – Exodus 25-40

Week 3: Leviticus
Time allotment: 3 hours

Leviticus Quiz

Lecture Response – Leviticus 1-10

Lecture Response – Leviticus 11-27

Week 4: Numbers
Time allotment: 3 hours

Numbers quiz

Lecture Response – Numbers 1-21

Lecture Response – Numbers 23-36

Week 5: Deuteronomy
Time allotment: 4 hours

Deuteronomy quiz

Lecture Response – Deuteronomy1-4

Lecture Response – Deuteronomy 5-26

Lecture Response – Deuteronomy 27-34

Week 6: Historical books, Ruth, Judges, & Samuel
Time allotment: 6 hours

Historical Books quiz

Ruth quiz

Judges quiz

Samuel quiz

Lecture Response – Judges 1-21

Lecture Response – 1Samuel 1-15

Lecture Response – 1Samuel 16 – 2Samuel 24

Week 7: Kings, Chronicles
Time allotment: 6 hours

Kings quiz

Chronicles quiz

Lecture Response – 1Kings 1-11

Lecture Response – 1Kings 12 – 2Kings 25

Lecture Response – 1Chronicles 1 – 2Chronicles 9

Lecture Response – 2Chronicles 10-36

Week 8: Poetic Books, Job, Psalms
Time allotment: 2 hours

Poetic Books quiz

Job quiz

Psalms quiz

Week 9: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
Time allotment: 3 hours

Proverbs quiz

Ecclesiastes quiz

Song of Solomon quiz

Week 10: Prophetic books, Isaiah
Time allotment: 3 hours

Lecture on prophetic books

Lecture on Isaiah

Lecture Response – Isaiah 1-39

Lecture Response – Isaiah 40-66

Week 11: Pre-exilic prophets
Time allotment: 4 hours

Lecture on Obadiah, Joel, Amos, Hosea, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk

Week 12: The exilic prophets
Time allotment: 3 hours

Lecture on Ezekiel and Daniel

Lecture Response – Ezekiel 1-32

Lecture Response – Ezekiel 33-48

Week 13: The post-exilic books
Time allotment: 5 hours

Lecture on Esther, Ezra/Nehemiah, Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Week 14: Final Exam
Time allotment: 7 hours

Final Exam

Use this list to plan your path forward. All the assignments are laid out on Populi. The next lesson will become available each Friday but only if you have completed all the assignments in the previous lesson.

  1. Participation: There will be no class meetings. Instead, you will interact with the professor and your fellow students on Populi. Most of the lessons will have a forum in which your participation is graded.
  2. Joshua & Jeremiah: Following the same format as the lecture overviews, research and write your own overview for Joshua and Jeremiah.
  3. Final Exam: This exam will cover the material in the lectures on the prophets. It will be closed-book. A proctor will be required of all students who are not on campus (we can also proctor exams remotely). Contact the facilitator to make these arrangements.
Grade Breakdown:
Exam 25%
Lesson Discussions 25%
Lesson Quizzes 25%
Joshua & Jeremiah 25%
Recommended Reading:
These are in three tiers of usefulness starting with the most useful.
David Murray’s Old Testament Introduction lectures (available here).
ESV Study Bible
Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible
Tremper Longman III, Raymond B. Dillard, Introduction to the Old Testament
Richard L. Pratt, Jr., He Gave Us Stories
Miles V. Van Pelt, A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: The Gospel Promised
Gareth Crossley, The Old Testament Explained and Applied
Herbert Wolf, An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch
David M. Howard, Jr., An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books
C. Hassell Bullock, An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books
C. Hassell, Bullock, An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books
Mark Dever, The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made
Richard Pratt, Jr., Designed for Dignity
James E. Smith, The Pentateuch
Irving L. Jensen, Jensen’s Survey of the Old Testament
Gleason L. Archer, A Survey of Old Testament Introduction
Bill T. Arnold, Bryan E. Beyer, Encountering the Old Testament
David A. Dorsey, The Literary Structure of the Old Testament
William Dumbrell, The Faith of Israel
Edward J. Young, An Introduction to the Old Testament
Oswald T. Allis, God Spake by Moses
Eugene H. Merrill, Kingdom of Priests
John H. Walton, Charts of the Old Testament
Leland Ryken, Tremper Longman III, Complete Literary Guide to the Bible
Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts
James E. Smith, The Books of History
James E. Smith, The Wisdom Literature and Psalms
Leon Wood, The Prophets of Israel
James E. Smith, The Minor Prophets
James E. Smith, The Major Prophets