Old Testament Introduction

Mark A. Hassler

July 23–27, 2018 (M–F 8a–12:30p)

*Online Option

This course expounds upon eight topics that prepare the student for the interpretation of the Old Testament. The topics include inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity, lower criticism, higher criticism, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds, archaeology, and special introduction (authorship, dating, structure, and theme).

As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to (a) define at least twenty key terms using an approved definition, (b) defend the doctrines of inspiration and inerrancy, (c) discuss the canonicity of the Old Testament, (d) differentiate the textual witness involved in the lower criticism of the Old Testament, (e) discuss the role of higher criticism in the study of the Old Testament, (f) describe the value of ancient Near Eastern background studies for the purpose of Old Testament interpretation, (g) articulate the contribution of archaeology to Old Testament studies, (h) discuss matters of special introduction, and (i) describe the developments, trends, and tensions in the field of study.

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Course Textbooks

 OT Introduction - Merrill    

Course Requirements

  • 40% – Essay & Peer Review
  • 25% – Exam
  • 20% – Article Critiques
  • 15% – Textbook Reading