Old Testament Bible Studies (OBST)

Old Testament Bible Studies (OBST)

OBST 800  Old Testament Backgrounds  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: BIBL 700 and BIBL 715

A study of the peoples, movements, and cultures surrounding the world of the Old Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of background material on the exposition of key segments of the Old Testament. Resources from ancient Near Eastern archaeological and literary discoveries are examined with attention given to their influence on informing the interpretation of the Old Testament. Historiography within the ancient world is explored with an emphasis on its impact upon Old Testament texts.

Offered: Resident and Online

OBST 815  Law  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: BIBL 700 and BIBL 715

A study of select portions of the Pentateuch, including a treatment of introductory issues, hermeneutical principles regarding the narrative and legal genres, and a functional analysis of key interpretive issues in the study of Genesis through Deuteronomy. The course engages with current evangelical scholarship on critical issues that relate to the study of the Pentateuch. Special emphasis is placed on biblical theological motifs within the Pentateuch, and expositional strategies to integrate standard exegesis with biblical theological awareness.

Offered: Online

OBST 830  Prophets I  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: BIBL 700 and BIBL 715

A study of select portions of the Former Prophets, which include the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. The course provides a treatment of introductory issues, aspects of historiography in the ancient Near East, hermeneutical principles regarding narrative literature, and a functional analysis of key interpretive issues in the study of Joshua through Kings. The course engages with current evangelical scholarship on critical issues that relate to the study of the historical books of the Old Testament. Special emphasis is placed on biblical theological motifs within the Former Prophets, and expositional strategies to integrate standard exegesis with biblical theological awareness.

Offered: Online

OBST 845  Prophets II  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: BIBL 700 and BIBL 715

A study of select portions of the Latter Prophets, including a treatment of the historical framework of the 8th – 5th centuries B.C. The course addresses the rhetorical strategies of the writing prophets along with the hermeneutics involved in the study of prophetic genre and sub-genre. A functional analysis is provided for key interpretive issues in the study of the Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and the Book of the Twelve. The course engages with current evangelical scholarship on critical issues that relate to the study of the writing prophets. Special emphasis is placed on biblical theological motifs within the prophetic corpus, and expositional strategies to integrate standard exegesis with biblical theological awareness.

Offered: Online

OBST 860  Writings  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: BIBL 700 and BIBL 715

A study of select portions of the Old Testament Writings, including the Psalter, wisdom literature, Daniel, Lamentations, and the narratives of Ruth, Esther, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Chronicles. The course includes a treatment of diverse introductory issues and the hermeneutical principles associated with the Psalter and wisdom literature. The course engages with current evangelical scholarship on critical issues that relate to the study of the Writings. Special emphasis is placed on biblical theological motifs within the diverse books that comprise the Writings, and expositional strategies to integrate standard exegesis with biblical theological awareness.

Offered: Online

OBST 900  Intertestamental Period  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A seminar on the development of Jewish doctrine during the period between the Old and New Testaments. This seminar will focus on theological, philosophical, and political developments that set the stage for the coming of Christ in the first century. Areas of investigation could include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Old Testament Apocrypha, or the writings commonly called Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.

OBST 910  Uses of the Old Testament in the New Testament  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An intensive study of the historical, exegetical, and theological issues related to the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, with special attention to the question of how the hermeneutics of the New Testament writers should impact Christian interpretation of Scripture.

Offered: Online

OBST 922  The Theology of the Torah  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A seminar examining the theological themes expressed in the Pentateuch and how these themes are developed in the larger canon of Christian Scripture.

Offered: Online

OBST 933  Isaiah  3 Credit Hour(s)  
OBST 935  Daniel  3 Credit Hour(s)  
OBST 938  Daniel  3 Credit Hour(s)  
OBST 950  Special Topics in the Old Testament  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An intensive study in a specific topic of interest related to the Old Testament. The emphasis in this study will be on directed reading and research in the designated topic.

Offered: Online

OBST 995  Directed Research in Old Testament Biblical Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Designed for the advanced student in good standing who has demonstrated an ability to work independently. The student will work with the instructor in developing a proposal for guided research in a specified area of Old Testament.

Offered: Online

OBST 997  Seminar in Old Testament  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An intensive study in a specific subject of the Old Testament. This course allows variation in the approach and content of the regular curriculum and often will be used by visiting professors.

Offered: Online

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