Course Number: OT501
Former Professor and Department Chair of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri
Understanding the Pentateuch is essential to understanding the Bible. In this course, learners study the contents of the Pentateuch and consider the particular problems of evolution and higher criticism in light of present-day archaeology. The course explores such events as the creation, the flood, and the exodus, and it highlights the lives of the patriarchs and Moses. Students will also examine the content, meaning, and applicability of the laws that formed the foundation of Israel’s theocracy.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the five books of Moses.
- Recognize the principles for interpreting those five books.
- Interpret Genesis 1-11 and offer arguments in defense of the biblical teaching against evolutionary claims.
- Articulate answers to higher critical attacks on the unity of the Pentateuch.
- Know the archeological background of Pentateuchal history and show its bearing on the interpretation of the text.