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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.

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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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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 comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.



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  1. Puddin’



    I just wanted to add my voice to the stellar reviews of Dr. Josberger. I have not yet taken this class (it’s in my cart🥴). However I also live in Oregon & took a shot in the dark of emailing Dr. Josberger regarding a doctrinal issue that has troubled me for years from Deuteronomy (since her specialty is focused on Deuteronomy). To my utter surprise she emailed me back and actually wanted to do a Zoom meeting so we could discuss the topic on an academic level (not sure I would have much to offer on my part🚶🏻‍♂️!). Though I don’t know much about her at all I can say without any hesitation whatsoever that she is a very sincere and passionate scholar—and ANYTHING I ever see with her name attached to it I immediately put it on my wishlist and/or in my cart. We need more scholars with her contagious humility and sincerity!
  2. Matt DeVore

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  3. Tim Kuhn

    Tim Kuhn


    Just finished this course and had to write a review. I have lost count on how many Mobile Ed courses I have taken. I have taken some really good ones that I really enjoyed, but this is hands down the best one. Dr Josberger teaches from the heart and her love of the Lord comes through. Her humility, honesty and knowledge challenge the listener to think about the text. I have always been someone who loves the O.T. and this course just made me love it more. I am sure this is one I will go through again. If you are thinking about what course to pick up, you can't go wrong with this one. A huge thank you to Dr Josberger for the time she put into this.
  4. Andrew Scotland
    I love the courses from Logos and have to say that hands down this is one of my favourite. It is taught with passion and a level of insight which often can be missing from some courses. Yes their is an academic side to this course but who said that can't have passion!! Well done.
  5. Guillaume



    I would recommend this to anybody, theology as it should be : honest and humble, intellectually serious but moving the heart as well, glorifying God. If every scholar had the same approach as Rebekah Josberger, theology would move mountains and not just brains as this is too often the case nowadays.
  6. Richard Labelle
    Excellent resource! Well done, impressive.
  7. Dave Thawley

    Dave Thawley


    All as I can say is wow. Before I got the course I thought Torah - first 5 books so this is going to be an overview book study. I was very wrong :-) Dr Josberger's course is fantastic. It starts off by trying to (and for me successfully) shifting the way I look at Law in the Old Testament. She then goes though a few examples and shows how to analyse passages. Some of the concepts, particularly the little bit of Hebrew grammar came a little too fast for me but the course does have a rewind button which allows me to go though and watch it again so I can get a fuller understanding. She shows her thought process and how she goes about analyzing the text at a deeper level to try and uncover the generalized law of God (and therefore giving us a better view of God himself) from the specific case law which is given. What I most appreciated was Dr Josberger's humanity and self awareness. I have seen professors on mobile Ed who have read into the text their own point of view, this professor does not do that, or when there is a chance she explains who she is so we can judge what she says from a more complete stance. The humanity and humanness of the presentation really hit home for me and instead of being challenged on what gaps in my knowledge I could fill she challenged me to look and my thought processes and expand these. A job she did very well. No one is perfect and she is the first to say check it out yourself which I appreciate as well. Overall this is one of the best Mobile Ed's I have done. It was so good I am going to go though it again tomorrow :-) Thanks faithlife and thanks Dr Josberger for a great course, one that has really impacted me and allowed me to think in a different way rather than just think different things :-)


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