Old Testament Introduction

Mark A. Hassler

Summer 2020

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. 3 credit hours.

Dr. Mark Hassler is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Dr. Hassler also serves as director of publications and field archaeologist for the Shiloh excavations in Israel. He is the general editor of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin (NEASB), a peer-reviewed journal established in 1958. Dr. Hassler earned his academic degrees at The Master's Seminary (PhD, ThM, and MDiv) and Montana Bible College (BA). Read more....

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