First Testament Survey

This class is a survey 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.

This is the main class that I am teaching at my school during the 2021-2022 school year. I will upload each unit when I am finished teaching it.

Currently there are 9 units uploaded out of 12 total.

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.

Unit 6: Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

This unit covers Yahweh’s instructions to Israel on how to cleanse themselves of their sins through the sacrificial system (Leviticus). And then Israel’s failure to trust Yahweh and enter the Promised Land (Numbers). Afterwards, Moses gave three speeches encouraging Israel to pursue and love Yahweh with all their heart, life, and everything (Deuteronomy).

Unit 7: Joshua, Judges, and Ruth

This unit covers Yahweh’s faithfulness to give Israel the Promised Land (Joshua) and Israel’s failure to ultimately finish the conquest of the Promised Land (Joshua). Yet, despite Israel’s failure there were a few who remained faithful to Yahweh and received His blessing (Ruth).

Unit 8: 1 & 2 Samuel

This unit covers Yahweh’s establishment of the monarchy of Israel through king Saul who failed to acknowledge Yahweh as the ultimate king and thus his resulting judgment. Then the establishment of king David and Yahweh’s promise to maintain the Davidic dynasty as Israel’s hope for the future redemption of Israel.

Unit 9: 1 & 2 Kings

This unit covers the failure of Solomon as king, which lead to the split of the kingdom of Israel and the continued downfall of the kings of Israel and Judah. The sin of Israel and Judah lead to Yahweh’s judgment of sending them into exile because of their continued idolatry and rebellion against Yahweh.