Understanding the Old Testament

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Course Dates: June 14 – August 7, 2021

About this Course

In this course, you’ll study the history and background of the Old Testament through interactive discussions and projects. Together we’ll interpret Old Testament history and literature with a focus toward everyday life applications for today. In addition, you’ll master approximately 250 key Old Testament facts and get a taste of what it looks like to study the Bible at a college level.

What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Present a systematic overview of Israel’s history up to 400 BC.
  • Correlate Israel’s history with the major empires of the ancient world.
  • Identify the important persons, places and events of the Old Testament (OT) and explain their significance.
  • Describe God’s sovereign election of the Israelites as His chosen people.
  • Recognize the cultural dynamics evident in the Old Testament narratives and appreciate the cultural differences between that setting and our modern world.
  • Apply the significant lessons of the OT to your own life.
  • Become a lifelong student of the Bible who enjoys reading the Scripture, intellectually interprets it, and seeks to flesh out the practical and moral teaching in the Bible.

Mastery Areas

  • Biblical Proficiency
  • Theological Understanding
  • Reasoning Faith

Your Instructor

Mark Kennicott

Mark Kennicott holds a M.Div. from Crown College and is enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Liberty University. He currently lives in Eustis, Florida with his family and teaches English Language Arts at a Christian school. In March 2018, he published his first book, Where Virtue Flows: Receiving the Power Released in His Presence. When he’s not teaching or writing, Mark enjoys rock climbing, disc golf, and spending time with his family.

Bible. Any major translation.

Youngblood, R. (1998).  The heart of the Old Testament(2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.:  Baker Book House.   [ISBN:  978-0801021725]

Recommended Texts:

Longman, T. (2012).  Introducing the Old Testament.Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.[ISBN: 978-0310-29148-0]NOTE:An alternative to the Longman text is to read the introductory comments in a study Bible.