TH4602 - Old Testament Survey


Old Testament Survey


10 CC   5 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
90 hours of generated study time. 90 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 90

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

1.    Introduction to the Pentateuch
2.    The Patriarchal Narratives, Myth and Archaeology
3.    From Slavery to Tribal Confederacy: History and Religion of Israel
4.    From Exodus to the Book of Ruth
5.    Kings and Prophets: The Monarchy, Division and Northern Exile
6.    Darkening Days in the South: Isaiah and His Contemporaries Prophesy
7.    Jeremiah, Lamentations and the Causes of the Exile
8.    The Priestly Prophet and the Fall of Babylon
9.    Chronicles to Esther: Persia, Cyrus’ Decree and the Return of the Exiles
10.    The Lives and Message of the Post-Exilic Prophets
11.    Wisdom Literature, Hebrew Poetry and the Rise of Apocalyptic

•    Demonstrate a background knowledge and understanding of the history, religion, society, and literature of the Old Testament.
•    To encourage students to investigate and examine the theology and content of specific Old Testament books for the purposes of understanding better the overall themes of the Old Testament.
•    To provide an opportunity for analysis and independent critical thinking of differing approaches and themes.
•    To develop skills in communicating viewpoints in the form of an academic assignment.
•    To lay a foundation enabling students to progress to further studies within Certificate level and provide training in development towards diploma level studies

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. A sound background knowledge and understanding of the history, religion, society and literature of the Old Testament.
  2. A substantial knowledge of important aspects of historical background
  3. An understanding of the interrelationships between various books of the Old Testament.
  4. An ability to identify, understand and comment upon key aspects pertaining to the study of the Old Testament.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
12000 word written assignment100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Arnold, Bill T. & Beyer, Bryan E. (2008). Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey. Encountering Biblical Studies Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Arnold, B. T., & Williamson, H. G. M. (2005). Dictionary of the Old Testament : historical books. Leicester, Eng. ; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Baker, D. W., & Alexander, T. D. (2003). Dictionary of the Old Testament : Pentateuch. Leicester, England ; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Fee, G. D., & Stuart, D. K. (2002). How to read the Bible book by book : a guided tour. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Hill, Andrew E. & Walton, John H. (2009). A Survey of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Lawrence, P. (2006). The IVP atlas of Bible history. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic.

Longman, T., & Dillard, R. B. (2006). An introduction to the Old Testament (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Longman, T., & Enns, P. (2008). Dictionary of the Old Testament : wisdom, poetry & writings. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic.

Longman, T., & Garland, D. E. (Eds) (2006-10). Expositor's Bible Commentary volumes 1-8  (Rev. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Waltke, B. K., & Yu, C. (2007). An Old Testament theology : an exegetical, canonical and thematic approach (1st ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (2014). Illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville: T. Nelson.

Donna Orr


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