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Mobile Ed: OT202 Introducing the Pentateuch (8 hour course)

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In Introducing the Pentateuch Dr. David Baker provides a broad overview of the background, structure, content, themes, and literary styles of the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. He traces the continuous story line from creation to Israel’s arrival in the promised land with a bird’s-eye view, while exploring key stories, topics, and theological messages in greater detail along the way. Throughout the course, Dr. Baker draws out and discusses the implications of this portion of the Old Testament for the Christian’s life and ministry.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Exercise solid hermeneutical principles for accurately studying God’s Word
  • Draw from ancient Near Eastern history, culture, and literature to help interpret certain aspects of the Pentateuch
  • Summarize the contents and literary style of each book of the Pentateuch
  • Identify and discuss key theological themes throughout the Pentateuch
  • Discuss the relationship between science and the Bible and how this affects one’s view of Gen 1–2
  • Discuss the relevance of the Old Testament law for Christians today

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and Course

Unit 1: Understanding Scripture

  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Historical-Critical Method
  • Preunderstanding and Presuppositions
  • A Common Presuppositional Worldview
  • The Nature of Scripture: Words of God

Unit 2: Introducing the Pentateuch

  • Structure and Content of the Pentateuch
  • Types of Context
  • Literary Context of the Pentateuch
  • Cultural Context of the Pentateuch

Unit 3: Genesis

  • In the Beginning God
  • Heavens and the Earth
  • Now as for the Earth
  • Creation Days 1–3
  • Creation Days 4–6
  • Bible and Science
  • God, Science, and the Scientific Method
  • Science and Faith
  • Disagreements: Science and Bible?
  • Reconstructionist View of Creation
  • Concordist and Literal Views of Creation
  • Literary and John Walton Views of Creation
  • Theology of the Sabbath
  • Yahweh and Adam
  • The Garden and the Limitation of Freedom
  • The Search for Fellowship
  • The Woman and the Serpent
  • Sons of God and Daughters of Man
  • The Flood and Its Aftermath
  • Gilgamesh: Babylonian Flood Story
  • Ham and His Sin
  • Interpreting the Curse of Ham
  • Tower of Babel
  • Tracing the Line of Promise
  • Promises to the Patriarchs
  • Patriarchs: Fathers of Israel

Unit 4: Exodus

  • The Story of Moses
  • “Heaviness” Motif in Exodus
  • Ten Signs/Plagues
  • Ten Words: Decalogue
  • The First Commandment: Negative Ethic
  • The First Commandment: Positive Ethic
  • Structure of Exodus
  • The Tabernacle
  • Tabernacle and Symbolism
  • Law (Torah)
  • Characteristics of Biblical Law

Unit 5: Leviticus

  • Leviticus and Worship
  • Literary Genres in Leviticus
  • Overview: Leviticus 1–10
  • Overview: Leviticus 11–26
  • Sacred and Profane
  • Uncleanness
  • Holiness Code

Unit 6: Numbers

  • Introduction to Numbers
  • Content of Numbers
  • Balaam, Son of Beor
  • Daughters of Zelophehad and Old Testament Law
  • Priesthood in the Pentateuch

Unit 7: Deuteronomy

  • Introduction to Deuteronomy
  • Literary Style of Deuteronomy
  • Moses’ Four Speeches
  • Introduction to Covenant
  • Elements of an Ancient Near Eastern Covenant
  • Covenant Uniqueness

Unit 8: Old Testament Law

  • The Law’s Relevance for the Christian: Part 1
  • The Law’s Relevance for the Christian: Part 2
  • Suggested Guidelines for Understanding Old Testament Law
  • Biblical Theology of Law


  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

  • Title: OT202 Introducing the Pentateuch
  • Instructor: David W. Baker
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 8
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About Dr. David W. Baker

Dr. David W. Baker is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1986, following teaching assignments at the University of Durban-Westville and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He’s also lectured in Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Baker has a particular interest in pedagogy, constantly exploring new means and media to enhance the learning and teaching experience for both the instructor and the student. He has contributed to, edited, or written over 40 books, including Isaiah in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi, and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Forthcoming books include Genesis 37–50: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible Series, 1 & 2 Kings in the Teach the Text Commentary Series, Genesis in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series, and 1 & 2 Samuel in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series.

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    I went on to Logos to review this course, and ended up buying 2 more courses distracted down a rabbit trail. Back to review this course: This teacher is excellent. Its enjoyable to listen to him speak. Love the introduction context he is giving. Should be an interesting subject as I go through: Pentateuch.


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