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Mobile Ed: OT285 Introducing Torah (8 hour course)

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In Introducing Torah Dr. Rebekah Josberger provides important insights into the first five books of the Old Testament. The course begins with a look at the historical context of the Torah and why it inspired love in the hearts of the psalmists. Designed to teach students how to read and appreciate this section of Scripture, the course will walk you through multiple passages of the Torah, with emphasis on the Sabbath, the Ten Commandments, and two difficult marriage/divorce laws in Deuteronomy. You will come away with a better understanding and appreciation of this important portion of the Bible.


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Explain what the term “Torah” refers to
  • Recognize the loving, merciful God of the New Testament in the pages of the Old Testament
  • Identify principles behind Old Testament laws that make them applicable in today’s world
  • Explain how the law against remarriage in Deut 24:1–4 is meant to protect women
  • Improve your walk as a Christian as you apply what you learn to your relationship with God

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Torah

  • What Is Torah?
  • Goals for the Course
  • Methodologies for Reading Torah

Unit 2: Torah Is Grace

  • Loving the Torah: Part 1
  • Loving the Torah: Part 2
  • The “Prayer to Any God”
  • Deuteronomy and Evangelistic Torah

Unit 3: Torah in Exodus

  • Introduction to Torah in Exodus
  • How to Read Torah
  • God Came to Live with His People

Unit 4: Torah in Deuteronomy

  • Introduction to Torah in Deuteronomy
  • Covenant Framework of Deuteronomy
  • Sermonic Framework of Deuteronomy
  • Torah a Reflection of God’s Character
  • Sabbath Rest and God’s Character
  • Sabbath Rest in Deuteronomy 5
  • Introduction to the Ten Commandments
  • First and Second Commandments
  • Third Commandment
  • Fourth Commandment
  • Fifth Commandment
  • Sixth through Ninth Commandments
  • Tenth Commandment

Unit 5: How to Look at Torah

  • Introduction
  • Genesis 12: Where We Fit in the Torah
  • Instructional Nature of Torah
  • Why We Are Wrong to Think the Torah is Bad
  • Introduction to Deuteronomy 21:10–14
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Characters
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Issues
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Structure: Part 1
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Structure: Part 2
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Structure: Part 3
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Outward Signs of Grief, Change
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Freedom and Social Status
  • Dishonor in Deuteronomy 21:10–14
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Application
  • Principle-ization of Torah
  • Nature of Old Testament Law
  • Deuteronomy 21:10–14: Summary
  • Modern, Deuteronomistic, and Ancient Near Eastern Law
  • Code of Righteousness
  • Bridging Cultural Gaps
  • Paul’s Use of the Principle of the Law
  • Slavery and Biblical Principles
  • Hearing the Message of Torah
  • Ezra 9–10: Putting Yahweh First

Unit 6: Levitical Law and Torah

  • Leviticus 10: Danger of Offending a Holy God
  • Timeless and Contextual Dichotomy of the Law
  • Context of Brokenness for Torah
  • Types and Integration of Biblical Law
  • What Uncleanness Shows about God
  • Leviticus 21: Defective Priests and Brokenness

Unit 7: Deuteronomy 24:1–4 and Torah

  • Introduction to Deuteronomy 24:1–4
  • Introduction to Ancient Near East Setting of Deuteronomy 24:1–4
  • Abandonment and Care in Ancient Near Eastern Law: Part 1
  • Abandonment and Care in Ancient Near Eastern Law: Part 2
  • Deuteronomic Background on Divorce
  • Deuteronomy 24:1–4: Characters
  • Deuteronomy 24:1–4: First Marriage: Part 1
  • Deuteronomy 24:1–4: First Marriage: Part 2
  • Deuteronomy 24:1–4: Communal Law
  • Defiled in Deuteronomy 24:1–4: Part 1
  • Defiled in Deuteronomy 24:1–4: Part 2
  • Defiled in Deuteronomy 24:1–4: Part 3
  • Deuteronomy 24:1–4: Interpretation

Application of Torah

  • Conclusion: Thematic versus Contextual Application

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About the Instructor

Dr. Rebekah Josberger is associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. She has a passion for Old Testament studies and biblical languages, particularly Hebrew. Her goal is for students to learn to read and understand the Word for themselves, whether in Hebrew or English, so that they might better know its Author.

Since her arrival at Multnomah in 2009, Dr. Josberger’s efforts have been focused on developing a solid seminary Hebrew program that enables and encourages students to learn Hebrew well enough to use it for personal growth and ministry long after their student days are over. At Multnomah she enjoys the opportunity to pursue her interests and to work with colleagues she respects and admires while pouring into the lives of students.

Dr. Josberger earned her PhD at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is continuing research related to her dissertation topic, “Between Rule and Responsibility: The Role of the Father as Agent of Righteousness in Deuteronomy’s Domestic Ideology.” She has a special love for the book of Deuteronomy and shares the psalmist’s passion for the Torah as so beautifully expressed in Psalms 19 and 119.


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