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Mobile Ed: OT101 Introducing the Old Testament: Its Structure and Story (6 hour course - audio)

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What is the message of the Old Testament and the story of Israel? This course provides the answer by tracing the epic history of God’s activity with humanity through the OT people of God—Israel. Dr. Mark Futato takes students through the major themes of the OT books that narrate Israel’s history from the call of the patriarch Abraham through the return from exile. He shows how each book contributes to the OT’s presentation of God’s goal of establishing a people and kingdom on earth.

The result of over a decade of study and teaching, this course from Dr. Mark Futato gives the big picture of the Old Testament, then dives into the details.

This is the audio only version of OT101 Introducing the Old Testament: Its Structure and Story. To purchase the full course, click here.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Course
  • Introducing the Professor

Unit 1: Developing an Eye for Structures

  • Linear Structure
  • Symmetric Structure
  • Parallel Structure
  • Indicators of Structure

Unit 2: The Canon of the Old Testament

  • The Canon of the Old Testament

Unit 3: The Book of Genesis

  • The Key Text of Genesis
  • The Structure of Genesis
  • The Message of Genesis
  • Blessing as Empowerment for Abundant Living
  • Blessing as Praising God

Unit 4: The Book of Exodus

  • The Key Text of Exodus
  • The Structure of Exodus
  • The “Rescue” Message of Exodus
  • The “Relationship” Message of Exodus

Unit 5: The Book of Leviticus

  • An Overview of Leviticus
  • The Structure of Leviticus
  • The Message of Leviticus

Unit 6: The Book of Numbers

  • An Overview of Numbers
  • The Structure of Numbers
  • The Message of Human Failings in Numbers
  • The Message of Divine Faithfulness in Numbers
  • The Priestly Blessing in Numbers

Unit 7: The Book of Deuteronomy

  • An Overview of Deuteronomy
  • The Structure of Deuteronomy
  • The Message of Deuteronomy
  • The Message of the Shema

Unit 8: The Book of Joshua

  • An Overview of Joshua
  • The Structure of Joshua
  • The Structure of Joshua 1–5
  • The Message of Joshua

Unit 9: The Book of Judges

  • An Overview of Judges
  • The Structure of Judges
  • The Theme of Judges: Apostasy
  • The Story of Judges
  • The Message of Judges: The Results of Apostasy
  • More Results of Apostasy

Unit 10: The Books of Samuel

  • An Overview of the Books of Samuel
  • The Prologue of Samuel
  • The Creation of the Monarchy
  • The Rejection of Saul
  • The Rise and Reign of David
  • The Epilogue of Samuel

Unit 11: The Books of Kings

  • The Theme of Kings: The Demise of the Kingdom
  • The Structure of Kings
  • The Message of Kings: Demise through Disobedience
  • Manasseh’s Role in the Demise of the Kingdom
  • Hope for Restoration

Unit 12: The Chronicler’s History

  • Restoring the Kingdom
  • The Unity of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah

Unit 13: The Books of Chronicles

  • The Key Text of Chronicles
  • The Setting of Chronicles
  • The Message of Chronicles
  • The Purpose of Chronicles
  • The Themes and Structure of Chronicles
  • Manasseh in Chronicles

Unit 14: The Book of Ezra-Nehemiah

  • The Key Text of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • The Unity of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • The Structure of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • The Themes of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • God Accomplishes His Objective
  • An Overarching Theme of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • The Ministry Message of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Following Ezra’s Example

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Mark Futato

Dr. Mark D. Futato joined Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in 1999, and serves as the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament. He teaches core classes on Hebrew and Old Testament books. Dr. Futato served as academic dean of RTS Orlando from 2004 to 2012.

Dr. Futato’s research interests include biblical Hebrew, the book of Psalms, and the role that elements of creation, such as climate and geography, play in Scripture. Dr. Futato has published multiple books on the Psalms, as well as an /Introduction to Biblical Hebrew/. He is currently finishing a commentary on Jonah.

Dr. Futato also served on the translation team for the book of Psalms in the New Living Translation, contributed study notes for Th e ESV Study Bible and The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, and contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.

Students appreciate Dr. Futato’s passionate emphasis on God’s desire to bless all nations, his engaging communication style, and his practical application of biblical texts to those who struggle, suffer, and doubt. Dr. Futato and his wife, Adele, have four children: William, Evan, Mark Jr., and Annie.