We offer a collection of Old Testament courses for our Master's students. To fulfill degree requirements and special interests of the students, our courses range from foundational to more specific.

Old Testament Master's Level Courses

OT 011, 012, 013 Biblical Hebrew
Purpose: 

  • To teach students elements of the Hebrew language
  • To expose the student to a significant amount of biblical Hebrew through extensive translation of portions of the Hebrew Bible
  • To prepare the student for further exegetical work in Old Testament courses

Topics covered include orthography, phonemics, morphology, and syntax. The 3rd semester is devoted to extensive reading and translation of narrative and poetic materials from the Hebrew Bible.

Mrs. Groves.

OT 113 Old Testament Introduction
Purpose:

  • To introduce students to the complex hermeneutical, theological, and doctrinal issues surrounding Old Testament interpretation 

Topics covered include the history of the Hebrew text; the use of the Old Testament in the pseudepigrapha, apocrypha, and New Testament; the major critical methods and post-modern interpretation; and biblical theology.

Spring semester, three hours. Dr. Duguid.

Prerequisites: OT 011 (or equivalent), completed or in progress.

OT 131 Biblical Theology I
Purpose:

  • To show how responsible interpretation and application of any biblical text does not begin with the question, “How do I apply this passage to my life?” but instead with “How does this passage connect to the great narrative of redemption that climaxes in the gospel, the story of Christ and His people?"

Topics covered include the nature of the Bible and its coherence; continuities and discontinuities in various major themes, such as the kingdom of God, definitions of the people of God, the Spirit and the New Covenant; and the centrality of the gospel in application.

Fall semester, three hours. Dr. Duguid.

Restrictions: Not available to MDiv or MAR students.

OT 141 Old Testament for Ministry
Purpose:

  • To expose the student to specific interpretive issues in Old Testament historical, prophetic and wisdom books
  • To demonstrate how Old Testament historical, prophetic and wisdom books are to be interpreted and applied in light of the gospel
  • To engage in close reading and apply to specific books the principles of biblical-theological interpretation learned in Biblical Theology I and Biblical Theology II

Topics covered include redemptive-historical interpretation and the question of application; critique of various popular methods of application of biblical material; the nature of biblical history-writing; the office, function, and theology of the prophet in the Old Testament; understanding wisdom literature in light of the gospel; the specific theologies and redemptive-historical trajectories of several specific biblical books; and the use of the Old Testament in ministry.

Spring semester, three hours. Faculty.

Prerequisites: OT 131 completed or in progress.

Restrictions: Not available to MDiv or MAR students.

OT 211 Old Testament History and Theology I
Purpose:

  • To provide an introduction to the theology of the Pentateuch
  • To engage in the exegesis of selected passages from the Pentateuch with particular attention to their relationship to ancient Near Eastern literature, the theology of the Pentateuch as a whole, and to the history of redemption as it reaches its climax in the gospel

Topics covered include the narrative structure of the Bible, the Pentateuch and the history of redemption, Genesis 1-3 as an entry point to biblical theology, and the book of Exodus. 

Fall semester, three hours. Dr. Duguid.

Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 223 Old Testament History and Theology II
Purpose:

  • To explore the relationship among literature, history, and theology in the books of Deuteronomy through Ezra/Nehemiah
  • To provide a knowledge of the content of this section of canon
  • To give a biblical-theological framework for applying these books in life and ministry

In addition to the theology and content of each of these books, topics include the relationship of Deuteronomy to the other books; Old Testament historiography; Old Testament theology; the relationship between revelation, history, and theology; and covenant. 

Spring semester, three hours. Dr. Gibson.

Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 311 Prophetical Books
Purpose:

  • To provide knowledge of the content of this portion of the canon
  • To study the role of the Hebrew prophets in Israelite society and the nature of Israelite prophecy
  • To give a biblical-theological framework to understand the prophetic books in life and ministry 

Topics covered include the structure, content, and theology of the prophetic books and Daniel; the ancient Near Eastern setting of prophecy; the history of interpretation of the prophetic literature; and the role of the prophets in redemptive history. A portion of the course involves seminar discussions with the professor. 

Fall semester, three hours. Dr. Duguid.

Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 323 Poetry and Wisdom
Purpose:

  • To gain a strong familiarity with the nature of Hebrew poetry
  • To explore the theological context of the wisdom books (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes), Psalms, and Song of Songs
  • To discuss the theology of Old Testament wisdom vis-à-vis the gospel

Topics covered include the nature and diversity of Old Testament wisdom books; characteristics of Hebrew poetry; exegetical studies of various psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs; and wisdom and the New Testament.

Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Duguid.

Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 431 The Book of Psalms
See OT 731. Fall semester, two hours. Faculty.
Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 461 Biblical and Inscriptional Aramaic
See OT 761. Fall semester, two hours. Faculty.
Prerequisite: OT 013 (or equivalent).

OT 503 Bible Translation
See OT 803. Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Putnam.
Prerequisite: OT 012 (or equivalent).

OT 521 Science and Genesis 1-3 in the Light of Hermeneutical Principles
See OT 821. Fall semester, three hours. Dr. Poythress.
Prerequisite: AP 101, completed or in progress, and NT 123, recommended.

OT 613 The Book of Proverbs
See OT 913. Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Putnam.
Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 623 Lamentations
See OT 923. Spring semester, two hours. Faculty.
Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 631 The Book of Isaiah
See OT 931. Fall semester, two hours. Faculty.
Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 644 Metaphor in Scripture
See OT 944. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Putnam.
Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

OT 651 Ugaritic I
See OT 751. Fall semester, two hours. Faculty.
Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent).

OT 653 Ugaritic II
See OT 753. Spring semester, two hours. Faculty.
Prerequisites: OT 651.

OT 663 Judges
See OT 963. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Duguid.
Prerequisites: OT 013 (or equivalent) and NT 123.

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