Old Testament

The study of the Old Testament examines the beginnings of the big story of God’s plan of redemption. The creation of the universe and the rebellion of the first man and woman set the stage for God’s intervention. As God sets apart Abraham to be the father of many nations, we see how the special people of God are delivered, led, warned, and disciplined. The historic journey of the Jewish people is told in such a way that spiritual insights help us see how our own walk with God can be enriched. In addition, the Old Testament study is deeply enriched with marvelous Psalms of praise and wisdom from the Proverbs. For the student, anticipation builds as we read of the promised Messiah who will ultimately come in the Person of Jesus Christ.

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Genocide in the Old Testament

In this course, Dr. Richard Hess provides an in-depth exploration of the seemingly most violent parts of the Old Testament through analysis of biblical texts and historical artifacts.

Level: Basic Number of Lessons: 5 Avg. Length: 14 Min.

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Reading the Psalms

In this course, Dr. Knut Heim seeks to excite and motivate students to learn more about the Psalms in ways that will transform their lives. He will examine four very different psalms, showing students how to read varying types of psalms for all they are worth.

Level: Basic Number of Lessons: 5 Avg. Length: 12 Min.

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Old Testament Basics

Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jonah, Samson, and David. Have you heard of these people? Their stories are part of the Old Testament and are important even today.

Level: Basic Number of Lessons: 10 Avg. Length: 15 Min.

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Genesis-Leviticus: God Builds a People for Himself

Genesis – Leviticus: God Builds a People for Himself tells the story of Israel’s roots. From the creation of all things to the creation of Israel as a nation at Sinai, this course studies God’s process of building a nation to represent Him on earth.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 3 Avg. Length: 26 Min.

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Numbers-Joshua: The Tragedy of Fear and the Glory of Faith

Numbers-Joshua: The Tragedy of Fear and the Glory of Faith is a study of contrasts. Israel’s fear prevented them from entering the land God promised to give them, resulting in the story of wandering and death recorded in Numbers.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 3 Avg. Length: 24 Min.

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Judges-1 Samuel: Israel’s Choice From God-Rule to Human-Rule

This course, Judges-1 Samuel: Israel’s Choice From God-Rule to Human-Rule, covers the books of Judges, Ruth and the book of 1 Samuel. These books contrast Israel as they rebelled against God’s rule in the period of Judges, but Ruth gives a snapshot of obedience during that same period.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 2 Avg. Length: 26 Min.

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2 Samuel-2 Kings: The Difference Leaders Make

2 Samuel-2 Kings: The Difference Leaders Make will guide students through a study of Israel’s kingdom era—as a united nation and as a nation divided into Israel and Judah.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 14 Avg. Length: 26 Min.

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Lamentations-Job: God’s Path Through Pain

Pressure and pain are realities of life. One of the verifying realities of the Old Testament record is its openness about the difficulties God’s people often suffered—and were often confused by.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 2 Avg. Length: 27 Min.

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Proverbs-Psalms: Singing the Sounds of Real Life

Times change and life’s issues take new forms. Solomon never sat in a traffic jam on the freeway and we never fret over an attack by the Philistines, but human emotions remain the same.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 3 Avg. Length: 27 Min.

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Ecclesiastes-Isaiah: God Guides His People Through Poets and Prophets

This course, Ecclesiastes-Isaiah: God Guides His People Through Poets and Prophets, takes students through two of the Old Testament books of poetry and then introduces them to the writing prophets—who also used a great deal of poetry in their writings.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 2 Avg. Length: 26 Min.

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Jonah-Habakkuk: The God of Israel and the God of the Nations

Jonah-Habakkuk: The God of Israel and the God of the Nations is a course which demonstrates the fact that while God had chosen Israel as His covenant people, His compassion extended beyond Israel to all people.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 3 Avg. Length: 22 Min.

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Haggai-Malachi: No Substitute for Obedience

The prophets studied in this course, Haggai-Malachi: No Substitute for Obedience, ministered after Jerusalem’s destruction and, in Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, during the return and reconstruction of Jerusalem after the exile in Babylon.

Level: Intermediate Number of Lessons: 2 Avg. Length: 26 Min.

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The Prophecies of Daniel

Throughout the Old Testament, prophecy remained an important vehicle used by God to communicate with His people. Set during the Babylonian captivity, Daniel records one of the most difficult times in Israel’s history—her deportation and exile from the Promised Land.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 12 Avg. Length: 43 Min.

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The Prophecy of Habakkuk

How does one place absolute trust in God in the midst of uncertainty? The book of Habakkuk details the doubts and questions raised by Habakkuk, a man of God searching for answers.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 12 Avg. Length: 27 Min.

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The Book of Job

Is God too weak to stop suffering? Does God not care about my situation? In a world full of sin, pain and hardship remain daily realities. Throughout history, humanity has wrestled with the problems of suffering and has often questioned the goodness of God.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 26 Min.

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He Gave Us Prophets

This course gives an introductory perspective for the study of the prophets of the Old Testament. It dispels common misunderstandings about the prophets, provides guidelines for interpreting prophecy, and gives the student confidence to begin studying prophetic literature.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 8 Avg. Length: 45 Min.

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The Primeval History

This course provides an analysis of Genesis 1-11, looking at the background, the literary structure, the original meaning, the theological purpose, and modern applications. Why did Moses choose to tell the history of the Creation, the Fall, the Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel in the way that he did?

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 4 Avg. Length: 59 Min.

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Father Abraham

Why did Moses choose to tell the story of Abraham the way he did? What does it mean for us today? This course provides an analysis of Genesis 11:10-25:18, the life of Abraham, from a Christian perspective.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 3 Avg. Length: 53 Min.

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The Pentateuch: Genesis – Deuteronomy

The first five books of the Old Testament are commonly called the Pentateuch. They tell the story of the nation of Israel from creation to preparation for the conquest of the Promised Land.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 11 Avg. Length: 62 Min.

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The Book of Joshua

The book of Joshua covers the period of Israel’s history from the conquest of Canaan to just after Joshua’s death. Although certain events in the book can leave modern audiences feeling more than a little uncomfortable, it helps to remember that God promised to be with Joshua in all that he did, especially in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, establishing Israel’s tribal inheritances, and calling God’s people to remain faithful to the terms of God’s covenant.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 4 Avg. Length: 68 Min.

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The Pentateuch

Understanding the Pentateuch is essential to understanding the Bible. In this course, learners will study the contents of the the Pentateuch and consider the particular Pentateuchal problems of evolution and higher criticism in light of its archaeological background.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 23 Avg. Length: 28 Min.

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Conquest and Settlement

Few nations have experienced such blessing as has Israel, and few have experienced such failure. This course follows the journey of the people of Israel in Joshua, Judges, and Ruth as they cross the Jordan River, overtake and divide the land of Palestine, and fall into a repeated cycle of sin and repentance.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 28 Min.

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United Monarchy

Why did Israel, the people of God, desire a human king? Why did God grant that desire? This course answers these and other important questions raised in Israel’s united monarchy as recorded in I and II Samuel and I Kings 1–11. Special emphasis is placed on archaeology, history, and theology.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 28 Min.

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Divided Monarchy

Success or failure starts at the top, and Israel learned the hard way that human kings were no substitute for the rule of God. This course covers the history of Israel from the beginning of Solomon’s apostasy (I Kings 11) to the Babylonian captivity (II Kings 25).

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 28 Min.

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The Book of Psalms

How important are songs in the life of Israel and the church? In this course, learners study the Book of Psalms, giving attention to the various forms of the Psalms and their function within the historical experience of Israel.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 30 Min.

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Understanding the Old Testament

The Old Testament is sometimes viewed as antiquated, mysterious, and even irrelevant. In this course, Waltke examines how Old Testament theology is pivotal to the universal goal of redemptive history: the rule of God and the establishment of God’s kingdom in all the earth. The course tracks salvation history as it appears in nearly every book of the Old Testament, and it shows the vital relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 45 Min.

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The Book of Proverbs

Students discover the role of wisdom in the book of Proverbs by doing an exegetical study of the book itself in its cultural, historical, and literary settings. The course begins with an analysis of the book’s structure and purpose, focusing on the forms of wisdom literature as seen in the literary structure of Proverbs. Waltke then moves to poetic analysis and finally to the prominent theme of wisdom that permeates the book.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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Post-Exilic Prophets

Even when His people fail, God remains faithful. This course explores God’s relationship with Israel after the exile as recorded in the historical and biblical contexts of the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 40 Min.

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The Christian and Old Testament Theology

This course examines the foundational theology of the Old Testament as applied to the New Testament and the church. It also identifies the focal point for the Old and New Testaments and discusses the continuity and discontinuity between the Testaments concerning: saving faith, the people of God, the Law, worship, atonement, the kingdom of God, the Messiah, and the New Covenant.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 42 Min.

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The Book of Isaiah

Few Old Testament books are as theologically rich and literarily compelling as Isaiah. Learners discover those dynamics as they complete an exegetical study of the Book of Isaiah.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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Old Testament Theology I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets

In order to understand and apply any passage of Scripture faithfully, one must begin with the foundational concepts and theology that precede and inform it. Averbeck introduces the content and theology of the books of Genesis through Kings, identifying the foundational themes that emerge and tracing them through the rest of the Bible.

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 43 Min.

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Old Testament Theology II: Latter Prophets & Writings

In order to understand and apply any passage of Scripture faithfully, one must begin with the foundational concepts and theology that precede and inform it. In biblical theology, the foundation is developed in the Latter Prophets and Writings (Job–Malachi).

Level: Advanced Number of Lessons: 24 Avg. Length: 44 Min.

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