Course Purpose

The purpose of the course is to provide students with a foundation for understanding the literature of the Old Testament and to apply its teachings to their lives. 

Expected learning outcomes 

By the end of the course, the learner will be able to; 

Demonstrate a basic understanding of  the history and literature of the Old Testament.

Outline major theological themes of the Old Testament such as creation, monotheism, election, covenant and promise.

Identify and explain the content and context of each of the 7 historical periods covered by the Old Testament .

Show the  relevance of  ancient Israel’s history and culture for interpreting the Old Testament.

Apply the lessons learnt from the Old Testament to contemporary situations facing our contexts today.

Course Content 

General introduction to the Old Testament, Introducing the 7 Historical Periods of the Old Testament, Creation to Babel, The Fall, God’s Universal Judgment Abraham to Joseph, Exodus to Joshua: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deutronomy,  Joshua, The Judges period, Ruth, The United Monarchy :1 & 2 Samuel , 1 Kings1-11, A divided Monarchy leading  to Babylonian Exile, Exile to Restoration: 1& 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther