CVC340: Old Testament Survey

Course Description

This course provides a general introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures – their historical context, interpretation, primary teachings, and relevance for today.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the background and context in which the Old Testament books were written, including their historical and cultural setting, as well as issues related to the human authorship of the books, such as theories of authorship, dates of composition, and their reception into the Old Testament canon.
  2. Interpret the Old Testament text according to established principles of Biblical hermeneutics, with sensitivity to issues such as literary genre, style, and cultural context.
  3. Be able to outline the overall chronology of events in the Old Testament, and relate those events to the grand arc of redemptive history, culminating in the coming of Christ.
  4. Identify and articulate the key themes of the Old Testament, with particular attention to its progressive revelation of the character of God through His words and work over the course of redemptive history.
  5. Defend the relevance of the Old Testament to the Christian today, both by showing how it is foundational to the events and message of the New Testament and by applying the Old Testament’s moral teachings to contemporary issues.


Course Materials & Tuition 

Old Testament Witness to Christ and His Kingdom. Don L. Davis. 290 pages. ASIN: B007I7GM46$9.99
Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Christopher J. H. Wright. 256 pages.  ISBN-10: 083082359X$9.99
A Popular Survey of the Old Testament, Norman L. Geisler. 299 pages.   ISBN-10: 0801036844$9.99
To Understand the Bible Look for Jesus, Norman L. Geisler. 128 pages. Kindle version available here, retitled for e-version as Christ: The Theme of the Bible.   ASIN: B01AYYZOMK$3.00
Total Cost of Course$782.96