**Course Title:** Old Testament Survey

 **Course Duration:** 8 Weeks

 **Weekly Schedule:** 2 hours/week


 **Week 1 – Introduction to the Old Testament**

 **Reference:** *An Introduction to the Old Testament* by Tremper Longman III & Raymond B. Dillard

 – **Hour 1:** Overview of the Old Testament’s structure, key figures, and primary messages.

– **Hour 2:** Historical timeline of Old Testament events and writings.

**Week 2 – The Pentateuch: Genesis to Deuteronomy**

 **Reference:** *The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary* by John H. Sailhamer

 – **Hour 1:** Study of the narrative arc from Creation through the patriarchs.

– **Hour 2:** The Exodus, Sinai covenant, and establishment of Israelite law.

**Week 3 – Historical Books: Joshua to Esther**

**Reference:** *A Survey of Israel’s History* by Leon J. Wood

– **Hour 1:** Conquest of Canaan and the era of judges.

– **Hour 2:** The monarchy’s rise and fall, leading to the exile and return.


**Week 4 – Wisdom Literature: Job to Song of Solomon**

**Reference:** *The Wisdom Literature* by Richard J. Clifford

– **Hour 1:** Job’s theodicy and the practical maxims of Proverbs.

– **Hour 2:** The existential exploration in Ecclesiastes and the allegorical Song of Solomon.

**Week 5 – Major Prophets: Isaiah to Daniel**

**Reference:** *The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction* by David L. Petersen

– **Hour 1:** Role and calling of prophets; highlights from Isaiah’s prophecies.

– **Hour 2:** Jeremiah’s lamentations and apocalyptic visions in Daniel.


**Week 6 – Minor Prophets: Hosea to Malachi**

**Reference:** *The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary* by Thomas Edward McComiskey

– **Hour 1:** Hosea’s symbolic marriage and themes of love and betrayal.

– **Hour 2:** Calls for social justice in Amos and Malachi’s prophecies of the “Day of the Lord.”


**Week 7 – Theological Themes and Literary Structures**

**Reference:** *Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture* by R.W.L. Moberly

– **Hour 1:** The covenant as central theme; promise theology in the Old Testament.

– **Hour 2:** Literary techniques, including parallelism, chiasmus, and inclusio.

**Week 8 – Recap and Contemporary Relevance**

**Reference:** *The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction* by Michael D. Coogan

– **Hour 1:** Review of key concepts and themes.

– **Hour 2:** Relevance of Old Testament studies today, with a focus on interfaith dialogues and modern-day applications.