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. This study of the Old Testament will help you understand how all the stories found in the Old Testament fit together and what lessons can be applied to your life today. You will walk away with a better understanding of how God graciously reaches out to you, His child, and calls you to Himself just as He did to His people in the Old Testament.
- Describe what the Old Testament teaches us about God’s character.
- Understand why the Old Testament books are placed in the order that they are and identify the categories of books contained within the Old Testament.
- Explain the characteristics of each of the categories of books in the Old Testament.
- Identify the four eras (or periods) into which the Old Testament is divided.
- Understand the general narrative flow and major events in Old Testament history.
- Describe the important people in the Old Testament and their contribution to Old Testament history.
- Gain a deeper understanding of the authors of the Old Testament books, their purpose, and the context in which they were writing.
- Know the characteristics of Hebrew poetry and gain a deeper understanding of wisdom literature.
- Understand the context of the Prophets and summarize their collective eternal message.
- Michigan State University, PhD
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- Philadelphia College of the Bible, BS
This course taught me a lot and was a fun way to learn.Pam
I really enjoyed the lectures and the readings assigned in this course.Lisa
I had no idea there was so much to learn about the Old Testaments as a whole. I’ve studied Old Testament books individually and have a good understanding of the books, but now looking at all the books as presented in this study, my understanding of each book has new, broader meaning.Robert
Sometimes the quiz would ask questions that I hadn’t yet went over in the course. Not a big deal because they weren’t impossible.Spencer
This course has been very beneficial and has opened my eyes more to the beauty of the Old TestamentTerry
I really enjoyed the lectures!Tonya
I’ve studied individual books of the Old Testament before and many times frustrated because I couldn’t make sense of it.
This is my first course with odbu.org and I have finally found sense of it.
I look forward to continuing on to the other courses.
Thank you so much!
Amazing how it stimulates greater interest into getting more acquainted with the scriptures.Solus
I really enjoyed studying the old testament, it’s enlightment to my understanding and insight about this time of history.Donald
The course was helpful and value-adding to my Christian walk. It gave me a bigger picture of what is the Old Testament all about. Thank you to ODB Univ team for coming up with such a wonderful and comprehensive course.Ma. Remedios
I really enjoyed this course and loved the extra notes and different formats available for learning i.e. visual and auditory.Kate
This course was very informative. I learned things about the Old Testament that I had not learned before. Dr. Buzzell spoke very clearly. He was easy to listen to. Thank you for offering this.Lori
I am glad I took this course as it has been a good eye-opener for me. I have a better understanding of how to read the Old Testament to make sense and how it is related to present-day life and also the importance of relating it to the New Testament which I will be studying next.John
Enjoyed this course. Many Thanks and God Bless.Schalk
This course opened up new learning for me about the Old Testament. Very well done.Greta
I enjoyed this course. My understanding of the Old Testament has grown tremendously. Thank you!Dannita
Overall, I appreciate the videos, written information, lesson illustrations, and lectures. All of the information given helped me to complete this course successfully.Odessa
This is the first course of this kind, Bible study, that I’ve ever attempted. I loved it and couldn’t wait to get at the next lesson. I have purchased Ray Stedman’s “Adventuring through the Bible” as I found it wonderfully instructional and just good reading. This course gave me new clarity about the Old Testament’s purpose, structure, authorship and necessity to understand the whole Bible. Up next, New Testament Basics.Rockne
Dr. Buzzell performed an incredible task in excellent fashion of summarizing the Old Testament ! He took an extremely complex book and broke it into 10 short manageable pieces. I highly recommend this course to individuals, like myself, who have little knowledge of the Bible. I look forward to taking Dr.Buzzell’s course on the New Testament knowing I will acquire a thorough background of knowledge just as I have of the Old Testament. Thank you Dr. Buzzell!Patrick
This has motivated me to continue with more courses – informative and encouraging the student to keep going. Material is excellent – Thank you for this awesome course that I have just completedToni
I really enjoyed this course! I’m looking forward to the next course! I liked the charts and other illustrations that were provided for the visual learner. I enjoyed the instructor as well. This was an EXCELLENT foundation for further learning. It has encouraged me to read more of the Bible and now I have a nice mental background while I’m reading.Vicki
Outstanding course, thank you!Anggara
Great lessons and information. The professor explains everything in detail and in an easy to understand manner. It is also entertaining along with the images, charts, and diagrams. I am really enjoying the coursework.David
This was GREAT! I love how the questions in the quizzes made you really have to interpret and understand the content. It was not simply just fact recall!!Carlee
I liked the organization of the scriptures and lessons. It was very efficient and helped me a lot. I was doing my own study in the Old Testament and this lined up to what I needed. I very much appreciate the studies.Brenda
The lessons are easy to understand and make me more hungry for God’s words.Florencio
I have studied the Bible for over 40 years and yet found the insights and structure led me to new understandings. An excellent course as a refresher.Wes
I am very pleased with this course and it’s content. I enjoyed Dr. Buzzell’s class instructions.
The course has blessed me richly and I want to continue on with the New Testament section as well as more Old Testament courses.
I feel the course was helping understand from an overview perspective on how the Old Testament was constructed and pieced together in a manner that helped make better sense of it, allowing me to follow where everything ties together even though it is not organized as each book leading to the next.Richard
Information covered logically and very thoroughly.Cecil
It was very interesting how books fit together and not necessarily in the manner they are listed in the Bible. This method of arranging books gave a much wider understanding of the Old Testament.Aileen
Excellent way to learn and grow.Aaron
I thought this was very good and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about God and the Bible.William
This course is valuable to Bible students at any level because it has insights that will assist the student in future study of the Old Testament. I have been a Bible student most of my adult life but learned new and exciting things during this class.Richard
A big thank you. I was able to understand Old Testament and it will help me a lot in my readings. More blessings!Gemma
That was a very large and clear guide of the Old Testament from beginning to end. Also, very rich in examples that moved the training along very nicely.Stephen
I enjoyed learning about the basics of the OT. I learned a lot from the lectures! When I first started, I was thinking, Why do we have to know this? but as I continued on with the lessons, it all started to fit together. Now as I continue the OT studies, at least I have some background to fall back on!Darlene
Very insightful course and I would definitely take it again.Chris
Great, insightful information.Vanessa
Excellent course for me. It helped me start to get my arms around the OT and begin to understand what it’s about. I have much, much more to learn but feel like I have a framework for understanding.Alvin
As a pastor’s wife I figured I knew a lot about the Old Testament. This course really taught me more than I expected.Shala
The course made me think about a lot of things and questions I had and helped to answer them. I enjoyed it.Tahje
Excellent foundation course. The OT makes a whole lot more sense to me now.Courtney
I think this is my favorite course so far in my journey. It really made the OT become live to me, and I will forever be grateful for it’s opening of my eyes to many truths of the OT. Thank you ODB!Joyce
Thank you for this course. I learned so much from it.Denise
This course helped me to revisit the important elements of the Bible. Those forum questions were thought provoking and assisted me to think through key issues. Thank you very much.Mizuho
Very interesting – gives us more knowledge about the Bible and God.Pedro
This is an excellent course. I had a lot of trouble understanding the Old Testament books and this course is just what I needed to help me connect the books together. Now that I understand how the Old Testament works, I look forward to reading the Old Testament with this new perspective in mind. Thank you.Josephine
I love the video presentations which come with transcripts and listening guides; they are very helpful for learning. I love the reading commentary by Ray Stedman.Anyah