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Mobile Ed: OT302 Book Study: Genesis (9 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: OT302 Book Study: Genesis (9 hour course)

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Overview

With a passion for getting people excited about the Old Testament, Dr. John Walton provides an in-depth study of the first book of the Bible. OT302 begins with an introduction to the composition of Genesis, oral and literary traditions in the ancient world, and how this text reached its canonical form.

Dr. Walton provides an overarching study of the entire book of Genesis, taking time for an introduction to biblical studies methods; an analysis of Genesis’ theological themes; examples of how to exegete important passages; and a discussion of several key themes and personalities: Sabbath, gender, and Satan. This course concludes by showing how Genesis introduces the long story of God’s redemptive work for humanity, which culminates in the Christ event of the New Testament.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Composition and Authorship of Genesis

  • Date and Authorship
  • Composition, Transmission, and Compilation
  • Exploring the Ancient Writing Process

Unit 2: Genesis and the Ancient Near East

  • Understanding the Original Context
  • Ancient Cosmologies
  • Creating Collections and Finding Parallels in Ancient Near Eastern Myths
  • Ancient Archives
  • Historicity of Ancient Documents
  • Genesis and Science

Unit 3: Creation: Genesis 1–2

  • In the Beginning
  • God Created
  • Analyzing the Direct Objects of Bara with the Bible Word Study
  • Tohu Wavohu
  • Creation: Day One
  • Creation: Days Two and Three
  • Summary of Days One to Three
  • Creation: Days Four, Five, and Six
  • Image of God
  • Consulting Commentaries on the Plural Pronoun in Genesis 1:26
  • Creation: Day Seven
  • Cosmos as Temple
  • Transitions and Toledoth Statements
  • Analyzing the Toledoth Formula with Reverse Interlinears
  • Human Beings
  • The Garden of Eden
  • Looking Up Hebrew Terms Using a Reverse Interlinear
  • A Priestly Helper

Unit 4: The Fall and Sin: Genesis 3–11

  • The Serpent and the Fall
  • Consequences of Sin for the Woman
  • Enmity between the Serpent and the Woman
  • The Woman’s Desire
  • Consequences of Sin for the Man
  • Cain and Abel
  • Genealogies in Genesis
  • Sons of God and Daughters of Men
  • Exploring Ancient Interpretations of the “Sons of God”
  • The Flood
  • Blessing, Covenant, and Curse
  • Tower of Babel
  • Biblical Theology of Sacred Space
  • Rhetorical Strategy of Genesis

Unit 5: Abraham: Genesis 12–24

  • Abram’s Call
  • Biblical Theology of the Covenants
  • Obstacles to the Covenant Promises
  • More Obstacles: Lot and Invaders
  • Ratification of the Covenant
  • Exploring the Cultural Concept of “Covenant”
  • Hagar and Ishmael
  • The Covenant Child and the Covenant Sign
  • Sodom and Gomorrah
  • 'El 'Olam and the Removal of Obstacles
  • Abraham’s Test
  • Sarah and Rebekah

Unit 6: Isaac and Jacob: Genesis 25–36

  • The Covenant Heirs
  • The Isaac Narrative
  • Blessing through Deception
  • Jacob’s Dream and Promise of Blessing
  • Jacob in Haran
  • Jacob’s Return to Canaan
  • Jacob’s Encounter with the Angel
  • Jacob Back in Canaan
  • Theophanies and Family Matters
  • Using the Names of God Interactive

Unit 7: Jacob’s Sons: Genesis 37–50

  • Joseph Sold into Slavery
  • Judah and Tamar
  • Plot of the Joseph Story
  • Resolution of Covenant Issues

Unit 8: Theological Overview of Genesis

  • Presence of God, Covenant, and Revelation
  • God’s Mastery in Creation
  • Order through Covenant and Wisdom
  • History of Israel and Redemptive History in Christ
  • Scripture’s Influence on Our Beliefs
  • Life Response to Genesis

Unit 9: Introduction to Methodology

  • Understanding the Text
  • Lexical-Grammatical Analysis
  • Cultural-Historical Analysis
  • Literary-Rhetorical Analysis
  • Intertextual Analysis
  • Theological-Canonical Analysis
  • Authority of the Original Author
  • Understanding the Bible’s Main Message
  • The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Part 1
  • The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Part 2
  • Exploring the Use of the Phrase “In the Day”

Unit 10: Examples of Exegesis

  • Genesis 2:24
  • Genesis 6:1–4
  • Genesis 11:1–9
  • Understanding the Sabbath
  • Women’s Roles
  • The Role of Satan

About the Instructor

Dr. John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, spent 20 years teaching at Moody Bible Institute.

In his college years, he developed a passion for archaeology and Bible history. Instead of training to be an archaeologist, though, he focused his attention on studies comparing the culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He has never lost his fascination with this subject, but comparative studies only provide one of the means by which he tries to get people excited about the Old Testament. He’s saddened by how little exposure to and understanding of the Old Testament many Christians have, but he’s passionate in doing whatever he can to remedy this spiritual and theological loss.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.