The goal of this course is to gain a deeper understanding of God, the central figure in the Old Testament, and gain a familiarity with the various great ideas that are encountered within God’s story. At the end of the course, the student should have an understanding of who God is, and how he is foundational to the various great ideas as they are found in the Old Testament.
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Format: Online Course
This course surveys the Old Testament and focuses on the narrative aspect of the literature and its themes – such as creation, fall, and redemption. We will explore God’s nature through his interactions with the cosmos and its inhabitants. That interaction is the basis for the Judeo-Christian understanding of many great ideas. The ancient Israelite culture was filled with practices and symbols that are rich with theological significance. By understanding these the student will learn how great ideas are incarnated in a culture.
The great ideas are discussed as they arise in the texts. Through this approach the student will have an understanding of the Judeo-Christian worldview. Comparative interpretations of passages containing great ideas are given — for instance, Genesis has been interpreted as either teaching an ex nihilo creation or a functional ordering of the cosmos. We will delve into the different views and their implications on our understanding of God and the great ideas. This survey also introduces the student to other Ancient Near East texts that overlap with one of the great ideas being discussed.