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

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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. In contrast, the books of Deuteronomy and Joshua record the preparation and triumph of faith as the people allowed God to win the Promised Land for them.


Group Exercises
  1. To introduce students to survey information of the Old Testament.
  2. To help develop critical and practical aptitudes in understanding the Bible.
  3. To provide scholarly information that will help students better understand the historical and biblical context of the Old Testament.
  • I learned a lot from the readings especially the Ray Stedman's book. It was enlightening.

    — Claudia, United States (US)
  • As a follow-up to the first course, this course completes the last two books of Moses and goes into Joshua. As usual, Dr Stuart's style is clear and concise. I'm pleasantly surprised by his excursus into geography and archaeology, which are instrumental to build our understanding and appreciation of these ancient documents. Definitely to be recommended.

    — Weng Yuen, Singapore
  • I do like being online with ODBU every day. The courses, all of them, have made me smarter and, I know, a lot more knowledgeable. A lot to learn in this one but such exciting adventures. Thank you.

    — Sidney, United States (US)
  • The lesson help me face my spiritual battle

    — Emily, United States (US)
  • Excellent course

    — Tonya, United States (US)
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell, Canada
  • Excellent.

    — Giovanni, Italy
  • A very interesting course, providing a thorough overview of these Books, plus such interesting information on Biblical Archeology that helps to confirm much of the Biblical revelation.

    — Stephen, South Africa
  • What a great course!!!

    — Jon, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the historical lecture on the use of geography and archaeology to develop and support the Bible and its events.

    — Alexandria, United States (US)
  • Good course.

    — Chanda, United States (US)
  • This was a great course about God's faithfulness to His people!

    — Michelle, United States (US)
  • This was a great study!

    — Alisha, United States (US)
  • An excellent tool for easier understanding of the Old Testament.

    — Danvy, United States (US)
  • This course has been very helpful for me to understand the historical and geographical backgrounds of Deuteronomy and Joshua. It also helped me to re-think those books in terms of God's authority and covenant.

    — Mizuho, United States (US)
  • It is a good course to learn more about the Old Testament.

    — Pedro, United States (US)
  • Excellent study.

    — Horace, United States (US)
  • Good basic overview!

    — Donald, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the process and learned a lot. It was refreshing and fulfilling.

    — Jacqueline, United States (US)
  • Good content, enlightening, particularly enjoyed the section on geography and archaeology.

    — Dale, United States (US)
  • Wonderful course!!

    — Jimmy, United States (US)
  • Very interesting...this course has refreshed my prior readings and brought more details [and] explanations and represent[ation] of [how] our Lord works in us as well.

    — Masayoshi, United States (US)
  • This is a great work. thumbs up. I only humbly suggest that to aid students the right answers should be given after the exams where the students got it wrong.

    — Stephen, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the course, especially lesson three on the book of Joshua. The quizzes prepared me for the test, which was actually easier than the quizzes.

    — Cynthia, United States (US)
  • The lectures are very helpful, but I had trouble keeping up with the section on archaeology. The lecturer talked very fast and presented a lot of information that was somewhat technical for this study.

    — Lori, United States (US)
  • Very good overall lessons on the books Numbers through Joshua.

    — Spyder, United States (US)
  • The course was very full of rich details. I especially enjoyed all the information about the geography and the additional resources had tons of great information.

    — Sulaica, United States (US)

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Class Details

  • 3 Lessons
  • 16 Activities
  • 4 Assessments
  • 24 Min Average
  • 3 Hrs Minimum
  • 1.25 CEUs
  • Class Award

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Douglas K. Stuart, PhD