Session 1 (8/30): Introduction to Old Testament Theology

What is Old Testament Theology? Why study the Old Testament or OT theology? What are the central themes of the OT?

 Session 2 (9/6): The Shape of the Hebrew Bible (Dempster, chs. 1-2)

The Old Testament as Christian Scripture, but which Old Testament do we use? What is the order of the Old Testament books? How does order matter and why?

 Session 3 (9/13): Genesis (Dempster, ch. 3)

How does Genesis introduce the themes–creation, image of God, sin, and redemption–that influence OT theology? 

 Session 4 (9/20): Exodus-Deuteronomy (Dempster, ch. 4)

How does the rest of the Pentateuch exhibit a Messianic hope? How is Deuteronomy the heart of OT theology and the message of the OT?

 Session 5 (9/27): Former Prophets (Dempster, ch. 5)

How do Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings tell the story of inheritance to Exile? How do these books speak to the nature of sin and God’s faithfulness?

 Session 6 (10/4): Latter Prophets (Dempster, ch. 6)

In what ways do the prophets call the people to repent? What hope of restoration remains?

 Session 7 (10/11): Writings, Part 1: Ruth to Lamentations (Dempster, ch. 7)

How do the poetic books speak to God’s king, kingdom, and kingdom people?

 Session 8 (10/18): Writings, Part 2: Daniel to Chronicles (Dempster, ch. 8)

How does the narrative conclusion speak to God’s king, kingdom, and kingdom people? What hope is left after the Exile?

Session 9 (10/25): Mission of God & a Two-Testament Bible (Dempster, ch. 9)

What is the heart of OT theology? How does the OT anticipate the NT inclusion of the Gentiles? Why do we as Christians need to embrace both testaments as Christian Scripture? How does the OT preach the gospel?

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