Introduction to the Old Testament (online course registration only)

Introduction to the Old Testament (online course registration only)


Introduction to the Old Testament
Class orientation week of Jan. 2 - 5, 2023
Orientation Zoom call: Monday Jan. 2 at 8 PM Central Time
Class Sessions Jan. 6 - March 16, 2023

Textbook: The Old Testament by Michael Coogan 
The textbook is purchased seperately from the lectures and online registration. (Click here to purchase)

Select Learning's online companion courses provide wonderful input and support. In this course, completed in 2008, the lectures are done by Ralph W. Klein, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Katheryn Schifferdecker, Luther Seminary. Dr Michael Chan will be the online facilitator. Michael Chan is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.A. in Old Testament), and Emory University (Ph.D.). Chan has written many articles and books including Exploring the Bible (with Eric Barreto). In addition to being a sought-after speaker and author, he also hosts the Gospel Beautiful podcast, which interviews guests about the challenging task of preaching the Gospel in the 21st century.

The course will introduce students to key themes and issues in the study of the Old Testament. The students will learn basic skills to equip them to be competent and creative interpreters of Old Testament texts.

Access to the class website and orientation details will be available a few days before the orientation week begins. The course work will include readings, DVD lectures, online essays, and online responses to classmates.

This ten lesson course introduces students to the high points of the Old Testament:
- The Primeval History in Genesis 1-11
- The stories of Sarah and Abraham
- Exodus-Deuteronomy
- The Deuteonomistic History (Joshua-Kings)
- Amos and Isaiah
- Jeremiah
- Isaiah 40-55
- Job
- Psalms
CLICK HERE for a syllabus.

The course is supported by a textbook and a study guide.

The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures.
Michael D. Coogan, New York: Oxford University Press (Click here to purchase.)


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