Old Testament

The Old Testament course examines the character of Yahweh God as displayed throughout the history of Israel, and compares and contrasts it with human character qualities. In an ancient world full of angry, spiteful, and deceitful gods, what kind of god is Yahweh? Is he also vindictive and impatient? Is he compassionate and gracious?

In order to ascertain the character qualities which most define God, students will observe his actions toward the Jewish people throughout their history; in particular, students will study God’s behavior toward the earliest ancestors of the Israelites, toward the enslaved Hebrews in Egypt, toward the judges who led the Israelites, toward the kings who ruled Israel and Judah, and toward the Jews who heard the preaching of the pre- and post-exilic prophets. Students will also witness the character qualities of many humans on display, some of whom reflect God’s good character qualities as they are called to do, but many who demonstrate less honorable character qualities. The behaviors, hopes, and prayers of these individuals will be examined. This course ultimately seeks to introduce students to the God of the Old Testament.


Course Information

Examine the Old Testament’s cultural, literary, and theological context, especially its relationship to the New Testament and to Jesus.

Bloom’s level 3

Compare and contrast Old Testament culture with one’s own culture.

Bloom’s level 2

Discover the sequence of events in the story of the Old Testament, and discover the teachings that God’s people in Israel emphasized.

Bloom’s level 3

Interpret the events and teachings of the Old Testament in light of God’s overarching plan for humanity.

Bloom’s level 5

Show how the Old Testament is still applicable to and relevant for one’s life today.

Bloom’s level 3

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.



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