First Testament Survey

This class is an in-depth study of the books of the First Testament. The goals of the class are, first, to give the student a deeper cultural and theological understanding of the Bible. The second is to help the student understand the narrative themes of these books and how they fit into the greater metanarratives of the Bible as one story of Yahweh’s redemption of humanity and creation.

Unit 1: Genesis 1-2

This unit covers Yahweh’s speaking creation into existence and the placing of the image of God (humanity) in the Garden of Eden (land) to rule and subdue creation.

Unit 2: Genesis 3-11

This unit covers humanity's rejection of being the image of God and desire for autonomy. As a result of gaining autonomy humanity continually rebelled against Yahweh and His will for His image and creation.

Unit 3: Genesis 12-25

This unit covers Yahweh’s choosing of Abraham in order to make him into a great nation that He would use to redeem and be a blessing to the world.

Unit 4: Genesis 25-50

This unit covers the life and family of Jacob and how Yahweh continued to use them as His chosen people even though they constantly failed to be obedient to Yahweh and be His image.

Unit 5: Exodus

This unit covers Yahweh’s deliverance of Israel from their bondage in Egypt in order to give them to adopt them as His covenant people. Yahweh then gave them the Law and tabernacle so that they could know Him and dwell with Him.