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Old Testament Survey BIB 101

Formerly Old Testament Survey BIB 101 (BIB210); also Old Testament Survey
Location: 
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length: 
Version 1: 45 hours (5-15 weeks). Version 2: 45 hours (5-12 weeks).
Dates: 
Version 1: June 1997 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and categorize the Old Testament canon, discuss the content and major themes of each book with special attention given to Genesis 1-11, God's promise to Abraham, the Exodus, the Kingdoms, the Exile and post-exilic Judaism, discuss the overall theme of the Old Testament and how it relates to the New Testament, fit the Old Testament themes and events into a geographical, chronological and historical context; and understand the development of several topics important to an Anabaptist perspective, including non-resistance, church-state issues and the resurrection.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are the canon, the historical and geographical setting, and the chronology of the Old Testament; what archaeology has brought to light concerning the Old Testament; what God has done (the historical section of the Old Testament); and what God has said (the wisdom literature and the prophets; a special focus on the worldview of the writers of Ecclesiastes, Job, and Song of Songs. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, oral presentations, round table discussions, examinations, presentations, and book summaries. Version 2: Major topics covered in the course are: introduction of the canon, the historical and geographical setting, and the chronology; what archaeology has brought to light concerning the Old Testament. The rest of the course is divided into 2 foci of the Old Testament: What God has done (the historical section of the Old Testament) and What God has said (the wisdom literature and the prophets). The section on what God has done focuses on the historical development of God's promise to his people. The section on what God has said focuses on the instruction given by the prophets or other writers in relation to their own historical context and in relation to Christian faith. There is special focus on the worldview of the writers of Ecclesiastes, Job and Song of Songs. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, independent study and practicum. Evaluation criteria include: examinations, projects, reading, and book summaries.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Old Testament or Religious Studies elective (1/01) (4/07) (11/10 revalidation). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Old Testament or Religious Studies (10/15 revalidation).

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