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“When you are studying theology, your intention is not to learn a trade but to understand the faith...it opens the door to a correct understanding of your own life, of the world and of men.”— Joseph Ratzinger (1927-current)

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The Former Prophets are collectively sometimes referred to as the Deuteronomistic History.

O.T. Theology I: Pentateuch & Former Prophets

Course Number: OT511


Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois

Course Description:

In order to understand and apply any passage of Scripture faithfully, one must begin with the foundational concepts and theology that precede and inform it. Averbeck introduces the content and theology of the books of Genesis through Kings, identifying the foundational themes that emerge and tracing them through the rest of the Bible. In this way, he shows how the theology of the Old Testament is basic and essential for understanding Jesus Christ, the church, and the Christian life.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Articulate the significance of Genesis 1-11 as the primeval historical and theological foundation for understanding our human experience in the world.
  2. Understand how the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) lays the historical and especially the theological foundation for the Former Prophets (Joshua-Kings) and for the rest of the Bible.
  3. Understand how the Pentateuch and Former Prophets fit together within the canon, and how they contribute to our understanding of faith experience in ancient Israel.

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