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“The value of the Old Testament may be dependant on what seems its imperfection. It may repel one use in order that we may be forced to use it in another way...to re-live, while we read, the whole Jewish experience of God’s gradual and graded self-revelation. — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Did You Know

The Hebrew and Protestant Canons have slight variations. The Hebrew Bible has Kings as a unified text with Ezra and Nehemiah as one book, while the Protestant Old Testament divides these into two books.

Understanding the Old Testament

Course Number: OT506


Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Course Description:

The Old Testament is sometimes viewed as antiquated, mysterious, and even irrelevant. In this course, Waltke examines how Old Testament theology is pivotal to the universal goal of redemptive history: the rule of God and the establishment of God’s kingdom in all the earth. The course tracks salvation history as it appears in nearly every book of the Old Testament, and it shows the vital relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament. Throughout the course, Waltke applies the doctrines of kingdom and salvation to the Christian life.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the theology of the Old Testament as it relates to the theme of salvation.
  2. Discuss the books of the Old Testament in light of their contribution to salvation history.
  3. Gain awareness of the history surrounding the development of the Old Testament.
  4. Correlate the salvation history of the Old Testament with the New Testament doctrines of kingdom and salvation.
  5. Apply the principles from the Law, Prophets, and Writings to life and ministry.

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