The Old Testament will introduce participants to the three worlds of historical background, literary features, and interpretive possibilities of the Old Testament; survey the major divisions of the Bible; and present examples of how to interpret the Bible using contemporary methodologies.



  • Old Testament Introduction.
  • The Pentateuch.
  • The Historical Books.
  • The Wisdom Books.
  • The Prophets.



Week 1: Old Testament Introduction

  • Learn about the Historical Context of Israel.
  • Consider the Geography, Climate and Political and Religious Situation of Palestine.
  • Understand the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament.

Week 2: The Pentateuch

  • Learn about the Sources of the Pentateuch.
  • Understand the Mythical Prehistory, Ancestral Narratives, and the Law of the Pentateuch.
  • Learn about the Deuteronomistic History and the Narrative of the History Books.
  • Consider Judges and the Historical Novels.
  • Learn about the Wisdom Books and Writings.
  • Consider the Wisdom Writings of Job, the Psalms, and Proverbs.

Week 3: The Historical Books

Week 4: The Wisdom Books

Week 5: The Prophets.

  • Learn about the Prophets and the History of Prophecy in Israel.
  • Consider the Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel.



Sandra Talarico



Carmody. Timothy. Reading the Bible: A Study Guide. Paulist Press, 2004.

Dowley, Tim. The Student Bible Atlas. Augsburg, Minneapolis.



The Holy Bible.



The Old Testament consists of ten lessons and ten assignments, with each assignment weighted at 10% (percent) of the total grade.



  • You must have Internet access. A high speed connection, either ADSL or cable, is recommended.
  • You should know how to use a web browser to navigate the web to locate educational resources and download files.
  • You will need the files management skills necessary to create directories, to save files and to retrieve files.
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