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.  Outline the overall chronology of events in the Old Testament as well as relate those events to the grand arc of redemptive history, culminating in the coming of Christ.

    2. Define the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament through the ideas of progressive revelation, the motif of promise-fulfillment, and the idea of Scripture as a single story. Students will be able to use these concepts to explain how the OT explains and reveals the NT through the person of Christ.

    3. Give a clear and simple definition of type, as an object, event, happening, image, or reality that prefigures in the OT a reality in the NT, usually focused on Jesus Christ (as its antitype).

    Be prepared to define principles of typology, and explain major examples of type (e.g. Flood, Exodus, Passover, Conquest, Tabernacle, Sacrifice and Offerings, Feasts) and character types (Adam, Melchizedek, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Elijah, etc.).

    4. Provide a general overview of the basic characteristics of OT Messianic prophecy, show how it relates to Jesus of Nazareth, how it relates to an eschatological in-gathering of Gentiles, and how it was understood by the Apostles.

    5. Identify how specific Scriptural texts have personally shaped your own life during the course, through participating in spiritual practices such as memorization and meditation upon Scripture.

Syllabus

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
Tuition$750.00
Total Cost of Course$782.96