Old Testament Basics

Level: BasicNumber of Lessons: 10Avg. Length: 15 Min.Time Required: 8 Hours MinimumCEUs: 1Course Code: OT128
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The Old Testament is essential to understanding God’s complete story and how we fit into it. The Bible is a unique book with many unforgettable characters, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jonah, Samson and David. While these stories took place centuries ago, they are still significant today and teach useful lessons about God and His interactions with us.

Dr. Sid Buzzell will guide you through the Old Testament, referencing different types of literature and how each section reflects on the wider story. You’ll come away from this class with a greater understanding of both the Old Testament and its importance in our lives today.


  1. Describe what the Old Testament teaches us about God’s character.
  2. 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.
  3. Explain the characteristics of each of the categories of books in the Old Testament.
  4. Identify the four eras (or periods) into which the Old Testament is divided.
  5. Understand the general narrative flow and major events in Old Testament history.
  6. Describe the important people in the Old Testament and their contribution to Old Testament history.
  7. Gain a deeper understanding of the authors of the Old Testament books, their purpose, and the context in which they were writing.
  8. Know the characteristics of Hebrew poetry and gain a deeper understanding of wisdom literature.
  9. Understand the context of the Prophets and summarize their collective eternal message.
Sid Buzzell, PhD
  • Michigan State University, PhD
  • Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM
  • Philadelphia College of the Bible, BS

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Lesson One
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Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Course Wrap-Up

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