Essentials of the Old Testament

Basic overview of the entire Old Testament.

About this Class

This class contains five summary lectures of the full course, Old Testament Survey. These lectures are an overview of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi.

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  • Skill Level:
    Beginner
  • Length:
    3 hours
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Institution:
    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Subject:
    Old Testament
  • Language:
    English

Lectures

1

Introduction to the content and themes of the Old Testament.

2

Description of the structure and teachings of the Old Testament Law.

3

The story of how the Israelites conquer the promised land and begin to live there. God gives the Israelites victory and prosperity, they forget God and disobey His law, God punishes them, they repent, and God raises up a "judge" to deliver them, and they become prosperous. The cycle is repeated.

4

Historical setting of each of the prophets, and analysis of the content and literary style of their messages.

5

Wisdom is the ability to make right choices in life. Different types of poetry in these books have a central theme that wisdom comes from God.

Resources

Essentials of the Old Testament - Student's Guide

Douglas Stuart

Are you ready to go deeper? Get the student guide for this course. This guide will deepen your understanding of the Old Testament and help you apply the teachings to your life. Perfect for individual or small group study.

Meet the Professors

Professor of Old Testament

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the programs intended for?

The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.

Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?

In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.