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In the Old Testament: Advanced Narrative Studies Study Bundle you’ll study the books that narrate Israel’s history from before they entered the land until their exile from it. You’ll explore Israel’s conquest of Canaan as led by Joshua and see how Israel lived during the period of the Judges. You will trace the history of the monarchy in Israel from Saul and David through the divided kingdom and understand what led to the exile of both Israel and Judah. You will learn about the role of the prophets and see how God was working through Israel’s history. These courses highlight the original context of these books as well as the theological themes that arise from the story of Israel.

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  • Title: Old Testament: Advanced Narrative Studies Study Bundle
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
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  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 5
  • Video Hours: 54
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OT319 Book Study: Ruth

  • Instructor: Daniel I. Block
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Video hours: 10

Set in the dark days of the judges, the book of Ruth tells the story of a family in crisis that experienced and extended the grace and kindness of God. Dr. Daniel I. Block brings to life the cast of characters in this narrative as he moves through each chapter, artfully bringing together exegesis and application. Through this course you will explore key themes of living out godliness and righteousness, covenant commitment, and what it means to respond to the greatest commandments through loving and blessing God and your neighbors. You will discover that this book is not only about God saving one particular family but also about his salvation of all of humanity through the provision of the Messiah.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Prolegomena to Ruth
  • The Title of the Book
  • Date and Authorship: Part 1
  • Date and Authorship: Part 2
  • Genre and Intention: Part 1
  • Genre and Intention: Part 2
  • Interpreting the Book of Ruth: Part 1
  • Interpreting the Book of Ruth: Part 2
  • Speech Act Theory
  • Literary Style and Structure
  • Links to Other Biblical Texts: Part 1
  • Links to Other Biblical Texts: Part 2
  • Where Ruth Falls in the Canon
  • The Theology of Ruth: Part 1
  • The Theology of Ruth: Part 2
  • The Theology of Ruth: Part 3
Unit 2: Act 1, Chapter 1
  • Setting the Stage (1:1–2)
  • The Nature of Naomi’s Emptying (1:3–5)
  • Naomi’s Response to the Crisis (1:6–19b)
  • Naomi's Action (1:19c–22)
  • Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law: Part 1 (1:8–10)
  • Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law: Part 2 (1:11–14)
  • Ruth’s Commitment (1:15–19b)
  • Naomi's Bitterness (1:19b–20): Part 1
  • Naomi’s Bitterness (1:21–22): Part 2
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?: Part 1
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?: Part 2
Unit 3: Act 2, Chapter 2
  • Introduction to Boaz (2:1–2)
  • Is There Such a Thing as Chance?
  • Ruth’s Good Luck (2:3)
  • The Problem of Being a Moabite
  • The Supervisor’s Introduction of Ruth (2:4–7)
  • Why Is Moabite Identity an Issue?: Part 1
  • Why Is Moabite Identity an Issue?: Part 2
  • Boaz’s Conversation with Ruth, First Interchange (2:8–10): Part 1
  • Boaz’s Conversation with Ruth, First Interchange (2:8–10): Part 2
  • Second Interchange (2:11–13): Part 1
  • Second Interchange (2:11–13): Part 2
  • Third Interchange (2:14)
  • Workers (2:15–16)
  • Ruth's First Encounter (2:17–18)
  • Personal Significance (2:19–20)
  • Naomi’s Conclusions (2:21–23)
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?
Unit 4: Act 3, Chapter 3
  • The Threshing Floor
  • Ruth’s Second Meeting
  • Naomi’s Scheme (3:1–4): Part 1
  • Naomi’s Scheme (3:5–7): Part 2
  • The Act of the Scheme (3:8–10)
  • Ruth’s Proposal of Marriage
  • Kinsman Redeemer (3:11–13)
  • The Morning Departure (3:14–15)
  • Return Home (3:16–18): Part 1
  • Return Home (3:16–18): Part 2
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?
Unit 5: Act 4, Chapter 4
  • Setting the Stage: Boaz at the Gate (4:1–2): Part 1
  • Setting the Stage: Boaz at the Gate (4:1–2): Part 2
  • Boaz’s First Speech (4:3–4)
  • Boaz’s Second Speech (4:5–6)
  • Transfer of Redemption (4:7–8): Part 1
  • Transfer of Redemption (4:7–8): Part 2
  • Boaz’s Response (4:9–10)
  • Response to Legal Proceedings (4:11–12)
  • Marriage of Boaz and Ruth (4:13)
  • The Women’s Response (4:14–17): Part 1
  • The Women’s Response (4:14–17): Part 2
  • What Lessons Can We Learn from This?
  • The Genealogy (4:18–20)
  • Conclusion to the Course

Dr. Daniel Block, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, has been teaching God’s Word for more than 30 years.

It has been a special joy for Dr. Block to watch students, who often take introductory courses in Old Testament only because they are required to do so by the curriculum, suddenly awaken to the fact that the Old Testament is understandable and its message is both life-giving and relevant for modern, everyday life.

Dr. Block has published a number of books and essays in scholarly journals. The paradigm for his research and ministry is set by Ezra, as described in Ezra 7:10: he committed himself to the study the Torah of Yahweh, to put it into practice, and to teach his revealed will in Israel. This means constantly asking serious questions of the Scriptures: What does the text say? Why does the text say it like that? What did the text mean to the original audience? What does the text have to say to me today? In order to answer these questions, one needs to understand both the worlds out of which the biblical texts arose and the worlds in which modern people live.

OT315 Book Study: Joshua

  • Instructor: Dr. L. Daniel Hawk
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Video Hours: 12


  • Introducing the Speaker and Course
Unit 1: Introduction to Joshua
  • Joshua in Canonical Context
  • Joshua in the Pentateuch
  • Framework of the Book
Unit 2: Divergent Perspectives on the Events and Their Meaning
  • How Did Israel Come into Possession of the Land?
  • Was Israel Wholly Obedient to the Lord?
Unit 3: Composition
  • Marks of Editing
  • Multiple Endings
  • Duplications and Variations
  • Allusions to Deuteronomy
  • The Deuteronomistic History
  • Double Redaction
  • Multiple Redactions
  • Recent Developments and Summary
Unit 4: Joshua as Historiography
  • Narrating the Past: History and Identity
  • Narrating the Past: Testimony and Confession
  • The Historical Setting of Joshua
  • Historical Models
  • Unresolved Issues and What To Do About Them
  • Joshua as Narrative Text
Unit 5: Theological Motifs
  • God and Israel
  • The Land
  • The Peoples of the Land
Unit 6: The Lord’s Speech and the People’s Response (Chapter 1)
  • Extending Deuteronomy
  • The LORD’s Speech
  • Joshua and Israel’s Response
Unit 7: Introduction to the Conquest Narrative (Chapters 2–12)
  • Conquest Narrative: Structure
  • Common Plots: Rahab and the Gibeonites
  • Common Plots: The Battles at Jericho and Gibeon
  • Achan: The Common Plot Reversed
  • Common Plots: Canaan up Close
  • Opposing Kings
Unit 8: The Rahab Story (Chapter 2)
  • Background to the Rahab Story
  • Allusions to the Sodom Story
  • Sexuality and Impropriety
  • Opposing Characterization of Rahab and the Spies
  • Rahab’s Godly Speech
  • The Spies’ Response
  • Reversed Perspectives and Rahab’s Passover
Unit 9: The Jordan Crossing (Chapters 3–4)
  • The Symbolic Ambiance of the Jordan/Jericho Narrative
  • Jordan Crossing: Narrative Sequence
  • The Confusing Configuration of the Crossing Narrative
  • Allusions to Sinai and the Wilderness
  • Israelite Leaders in Alignment: Leaders, Priests, Prophets
  • Three Interpretations of the Crossing
Unit 10: Events at Gilgal (Chapter 5)
  • Gilgal: Narrative Sequence
  • Report about the Kings
  • A New Israel in a New Land
  • Joshua’s Encounter with the Commander
Unit 11: A Second Ritual Procession (Chapter 6)
  • Repetitions of the Jordan Crossing in the Jericho March
  • Worship and Warfare
  • The Herem
Unit 12: Achan’s Sacrilege (Chapter 7)
  • Background to the Achan Story
  • Achan’s Sacrilege
  • Israel’s Defeat
  • Joshua’s Intercession
  • The Divine Rebuke
  • Exposing Hidden Canaan
  • Allusions to Deuteronomy 13 and the Threat of Apostasy
Unit 13: The Battle at Ai (Chapter 8)
  • The Battle at Ai: Narrative Sequence
  • Marks of a Fresh Start
  • Ai and Its King Defeated
Unit 14: The Ceremony at Mounts Ebal and Gerizim (Joshua 8:30–35)
  • The Enclosure Discovered in 1985
  • Reaffirmation of Obedience to the Mosaic Law
  • A Diverse Community United by the Covenant
Unit 15: The Gibeonite Ruse (Chapter 9)
  • Background to the Gibeonite Ruse
  • Opposing Responses to Israel’s Victories
  • The Gibeonite Strategy
  • Honoring the Oath, Subjugating the Gibeonites
  • Canaanites and Israelites: Dissolving the Difference
Unit 16: The Battle at Gibeon (Chapter 10)
  • Background to the Battle at Gibeon
  • The Sun Stood Still
  • The Five Kings: Threatening Powers Subdued
Unit 17: The Southern Conquests and Hazor (Chapter 10:28–Chapter 12)
  • Summary of Southern Conquests
  • Hazor: Background
  • Battle at the Waters of Merom
  • Summaries of Conquest
  • Israel’s Victories
Unit 18: General Allotment (Chapter 13)
  • Background to the Allotment Account
  • Overview of Allotment Account
  • The Land Remaining
  • Allotments in the Transjordan
Unit 19: The Judah and Joseph Allotment (Chapters 14–17)
  • Judah and Joseph: Overview
  • Judah and Joseph: Contrasting Territorial Descriptions
  • Judah: Caleb
  • Judah: Judah’s Boundaries and Towns
  • Joseph: Joseph’s Boundaries
  • Joseph: Ephraim
  • Joseph: Manasseh
  • Joseph: Zelophehad’s Daughters
  • Joseph: Joseph’s Request
Unit 20: The Second Phase of the Allotment and Cities of Refuge (Chapters 18–21)
  • Allotment at Shiloh
  • Remaining Allotments
  • Cities of Refuge
  • Levitical Cities
  • The Promise Fulfilled
Unit 21: The Conclusion of Joshua: The Altar at the Jordan (Chapter 22)
  • Conclusions: Overview
  • Dismissal of the Eastern Tribes and Declaration of Success
  • The Altar at the Jordan: Accusation and the Threat of War
  • The Altar at the Jordan: A Defense and Questions of Identity
  • The Altar at the Jordan: Resolution
Unit 22: The Conclusion of Joshua: Joshua’s Farewell and Covenant Renewal at Shechem (Chapters 23–24)
  • Joshua’s Farewell: Background
  • Joshua’s Speech
  • Covenant Renewal at Shechem
  • The LORD Tells Israel’s Story
  • Joshua’s Challenge
  • The Nation Chooses
  • The Stone Witness
  • Burial Reports
Unit 23: Appendix: The Canaanite Genocide
  • The Theological Challenge
  • Approaches and Responses: Allegory, Theological Principles, and Judgment
  • Approaches and Responses: Developmental Approaches
  • Approaches and Responses: Contextual Approaches
  • Approaches and Responses: Ethical Critique
  • Joshua as a Revelatory Narrative
  • Conclusion to the Course

Dr. L. Daniel Hawk (PhD, Emory University; MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary) is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Much of his writing focuses on the literary analysis of biblical narratives, with attention to the ways that narrative texts construct corporate identities and grapple with the problem of human and divine violence. These concerns converge in several books on the book of Joshua, including Joshua (Berit Olam, Liturgical Press, 2000) and Joshua in 3-D (Cascade, 2010), as well as in his collaboration on Postcolonial Evangelical Conversations (InterVarsity, 2014). His scholarship finds traction through an active speaking schedule and participation in justice and reconciliation initiatives.

OT317 Book Study: Judges

  • Instructor: Daniel I. Block
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video Hours: 18

View background information and a clear exposition of Judges demonstrating its relevance to a modern setting. Pastors and teachers will benefit from lessons on the consequence of apostasy, deliverance, and the character of each Judge. Professors and students will appreciate a scholarly focus on the literary context in which Israel’s spiritual and moral disintegration took place. God rescuing Israel through the Judges is presented in an intellectually enriching and a highly accessible format that will transform your study and deepen understanding.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Introduction to the Book
  • Considering the Title “Judges”
  • The Date of Judges
  • The Purpose of the Book
  • The History of Interpretation
  • How to Read Judges
  • Extrabiblical Sources
  • Historical and Religious Issues
  • Read as Great Literature
Unit 2: The Canaanization of Israel: Background (Judg 1:1–36)
  • Background and Purpose of Judges 1
  • Overview: The Report of Israel’s Performance (Judg 1:12–36)
  • Introduction to the Book (Judg 1:1–2)
  • The Successes of Judah (Judg 1:3–20)
  • Adoni-Bezek
  • Jerusalem and the Upland Campaign (Judg 1:4–8)
  • Conquest of Hebron (Judg 1:10)
  • Conquest of Debir (Judg 1:11–15)
  • Caleb and Acsah (Judg 1:11–15)
  • Settling in Arad (Judg 1:16)
  • Sacking of Hormah (Judg 1:17)
  • The Southwest Coastal Lowlands (Judg 1:18)
  • Summary of Judah’s Campaigns (Judg 1:19–20)
  • The Remaining Tribes (Judg 1:21–29)
  • The Northern Tribes (Judg 1:30–36)
Unit 3: What’s Wrong in Israel (Judg 2:1–3:6)
  • Overview of Judges 2
  • The Structure of Judges 2
  • The Envoy of YHWH and the People’s Response (Judg 2:1–5)
  • Interpretations of Israel’s Behavior (Judg 2:1–20a)
  • The Roots of Israel’s Apostasy (Judg 2:6–10)
  • The Expression of Apostasy (Judg 2:11–13)
  • God’s Reaction to Israel’s Apostasy (Judg 2:14–20a)
  • God’s Interpretation of Israel’s Behavior (Judg 2:20b–22)
  • Consequences of Apostasy
  • More about Domestic Consequences of Apostasy (Judg 3:1–6)
Unit 4: Introduction to the Book of Deliverers (Judg 3:7–31)
  • Structure of Deliverer Accounts
  • Preliminary Observations (Judg 3–16)
  • Othniel and Aram-Naharaim: A Paradigmatic Account (Judg 3:7–11)
  • Ehud and Moab (Judg 3:12–30)
  • Ehud’s Left-Handedness
  • Ehud’s Preparation
  • Ehud’s Deliverance of Israel
  • Ehud: Theological and Practical Implications
  • Shamgar the Judge (Judg 3:31)
Unit 5: Barak and the Canaanites (Judg 4–5)
  • Literary Observations on the Barak Cycle
  • Structure of Judges 4–5
  • Jabin and Sisera
  • The Oppression of Sisera (Judg 4:1–3)
  • God Raises a Deliverer (Judg 4:4–10)
  • Who Was Deborah?
  • Deborah’s Role in Israel (Judg 4:4–5)
  • Deborah and Barak (Judg 4:6–9)
  • Summary of Events in Judges 4
  • Barak’s Victory (Judg 4:11–22)
  • The Battle’s End (Judg 4:15–22)
  • Jael the Assassin (Judg 4:17–22)
  • Evaluating Barak and Jael
Unit 6: Celebrating the Victory (Judg 5:1–31)
  • Song of Celebration
  • Ancient Near Eastern Victory Hymns
  • Authorship of the Song
  • The Historical Representation of Israel in Judges 5
  • The Purpose of Judges 5
  • Reading the Hymn, Part 1 (Judg 5:1–27)
  • Reading the Hymn, Part 2 (Judg 5:28–31)
  • Chariots and Sun Gods
  • Theological and Practical Implications of Judges 5
Unit 7: The Gideon Cycle: Overview and Early Events (Judg 6–9)
  • Overview of the Gideon Cycle
  • Oppression in the Gideon Cycle (Judg 6:1–5)
  • The Prophet’s Message (Judg 6:7–10)
  • Gideon’s Call (Judg 6:11–24)
  • Gideon Cleans House (Judg 6:25–32)
  • Gideon’s Piety
  • Gideon’s Problems
Unit 8: Gideon’s Big Test (Judg 6:33–8:3)
  • Preparing for Battle and Second-Guessing
  • Reducing the Troops (Judg 7:1–8)
  • Gideon’s Third Thoughts (Judg 7:9–15)
  • An Unlikely Battle Plan (Judg 7:16–23)
  • After the Battle (Judg 7:24–25)
  • Postscript of the Battle (Judg 8:1–3)
Unit 9: Aftermath of Battle (Judg 8:4–28)
  • Structure and Themes of the Section
  • Gideon and the Succothites (Judg 8:4–9)
  • Capture and Cruelty (Judg 8:10–17)
  • Gideon’s Personal Vendetta (Judg 8:18–21)
  • Gideon Becomes a Problem (Judg 8:22–27)
  • Gideon’s Legacy
Unit 10: Gideon’s Legacy (Judg 8:28–35)
  • Personal and Spiritual Legacy
  • Marks of Israel’s Spiritual Decline
  • Theological Significance of the Gideon Narrative
Unit 11: Gideon’s Dynastic Legacy: Abimelech (Judg 9:1–57)
  • Overview of the Abimelech Account
  • Abimelech Seizes the Throne (Judg 9:1–6)
  • Jotham’s Preamble (Judg 9:7)
  • Jotham’s Fable (Judg 9:8–15)
  • The Evil Spirit (Judg 9:22–25)
  • Conspiracy of Gaal (Judg 9:26–29)
  • Defeat of Shechem (Judg 9:42–49)
  • Death of Abimelech (Judg 9:50–55)
  • The Epilogue (Judg 9:56–57)
Unit 12: The Minor Governors (Judg 10:1–5)
  • The Significance of the Minor Governors
  • Five Minor Judges (Judg 10:1–5)
Unit 13: Jephthah (Judg 10:6–12:7)
  • Overview of the Jephthah Account
  • Connections with Earlier Judges
  • Israel’s Canaanization and God’s Anger (Judg 10:6–9)
  • Israel’s Cry and God’s Response (Judg 10:10–14)
  • The People’s Response (Judg 10:15–16)
  • Israel’s Agent of Deliverance (Judg 10:17–18)
  • A Candidate Emerges (Judg 11:1–3)
  • Jephthah’s Response (Judg 11:4–11)
Unit 14: Jephthah’s Victory and Vow (Judg 11:12–12:7)
  • Negotiations (Judg 11:12–28)
  • Jephthah’s Masterful Speech (Judg 11:14–28)
  • Tarnished Victory (Judg 11:29–33)
  • Jephthah’s Vow (Judg 11:30–31)
  • Ancient Child Sacrifice
  • Joy and Tragedy (Judg 11:34–35)
  • A Daughter’s Honor (Judg 11:36–40)
  • A Closer Look at Jephthah’s Vow
  • Negotiations with Ephraim (Judg 12:1–3)
  • Civil War (Judg 12:4–7)
  • Considering Jephthah and Israel
  • Concluding Thoughts about the Jephthah Cycle
Unit 15: Samson and the Philistines (Judg 13:1–16:31)
  • The Paradigm Breaks Down
  • The Structure of the Samson Cycle
  • The Philistines (Judg 13:1)
  • Birth and Call Narrative (Judg 13:2–24)
  • Manoah’s Wife and the Nazirite Vow (Judg 13:2–5)
  • The Wife’s Report (Judg 13:6–7)
  • Manoah’s Three Exchanges (Judg 13:8–16)
  • Third and Fourth Exchanges (Judg 13:17–19)
  • Two Responses to Wonder (Judg 13:20–23)
  • The Promise Fulfilled (Judg 13:24)
  • Summary of Judges 13
Unit 16: Samson’s Marriage (Judg 13:25–14:20)
  • Overview of the Story of Samson’s Marriage
  • A Lion and a Wife (Judg 13:25–14:10a)
  • Wedding Preparations (Judg 14:10b–11)
  • Samson’s Riddle (Judg 14:12–14)
  • The Riddle Solved (Judg 14:15–18)
  • The Theological Climax (Judg 14:19–20)
Unit 17: Samson Fights the Philistines (Judg 15)
  • Overview and Introduction to Judges 15
  • Fiery Jackals (Judg 15:4–5)
  • Samson’s Philistine Ethic (Judg 15:6–13)
  • A Deadly Jawbone (Judg 15:14–15)
  • Celebration and Thirst (Judg 15:16–19a)
  • Samson’s Selfishness (Judg 15:19b–20)
Unit 18: Samson in Gaza (Judg 16)
  • Overview of Judges 16
  • Key Questions (Judg 16:1–3)
  • Purpose of the Narrative Fragment (Judg 16:1–3)
  • Key Themes (Judg 16:1–31)
  • The Sorek Valley (Judg 16:4–5)
  • Delilah (Judg 16:4–5)
  • Delilah’s First Attempt (Judg 16:6–9)
  • Delilah’s Further Attempts (Judg 16:10–16)
  • The Betrayal (Judg 16:17–20)
  • The Tragic Climax (Judg 16:20–22)
  • A Hair of Hope (Judg 16:22)
  • In Praise of Dagon (Judg 16:23–24)
  • The Philistines’ Song of Praise (Judg 16:24)
  • Samson’s Final Prayer (Judg 16:25–28)
  • The Last Act (Judg 16:29–31)
  • Theological and Practical Implications of the Samson Cycle
Unit 19: The Climax of the Book (Judg 17–21)
  • Overview of the Book’s Climax
  • Absence of a King (Judg 17:6)
  • Corruption of a Household (Judg 17:1–6)
  • Corruption of the Priesthood (Judg 17:7–8)
  • A Conversation between Micah and the Levite (Judg 17:8–13)
Unit 20: The Danite Mission (Judg 18)
  • Overview of Judges 18
  • A Parody of Sorts (Judg 18:1)
  • Good Questions, Bad Answers (Judg 18:2–3)
  • Requesting an Oracle (Judg 18:4–6)
  • Peaceful Laish (Judg 18:7–10)
  • On the March (Judg 18:11–20)
  • Micah’s Empty Protest (Judg 18:21–26)
  • The New Cult (Judg 18:27–31)
Unit 21: A Levite’s Misstep (Judg 19:1–28)
  • Overview of Judges 19–21
  • Anonymity and Absence in Judges 19–21
  • Principal Characters (Judg 19:1–9)
  • Setting the Stage (Judg 19:10–15)
  • Social Outrage (Judg 19:16–21)
  • Moral Outrage (Judg 19:22–23)
  • The Gang Rape (Judg 19:24–26)
  • The Journey Home (Judg 19:27–28)
  • Theological and Practical Implications of Judges 19
Unit 22: Civil War in Israel (Judg 19:29–20:48)
  • Overview of Judges 20
  • The Nation at War (Judg 20:1–7)
  • Preparing for War (Judg 20:8–17)
  • The Rhythm of Battle (Judg 20:18–28)
  • The Final Battle (Judg 20:29–48)
  • Theological and Practical Implications of Judges 20
Unit 23: Saving Benjamin (Judg 21)
  • Overview of Judges 21
  • The Silence of God (Judg 21:3–4)
  • A Legal Loophole (Judg 21:5–7)
  • Second Holy War (Judg 21:8–11)
  • An Insufficient Solution (Judg 21:12–18)
  • The Second Solution (Judg 21:19–22)
  • Implementing the Plan (Judg 21:23–25)
  • Social and Historical Implications of Judges 21
  • Theological Implications of Judges 21

OT321 Book Study: 1 & 2 Samuel

  • Instructor: Dr. David Lamb
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video hours: 8

Explore the book of Samuel with Dr. David Lamb. Learn more about the book’s complex narrative and its role in the canon. Dig into the poetry within Samuel, as well as key themes, including wisdom, folly, obedience, the consequences of sin, and leadership.


  • Unit 1: Introductory Issues
    • Let’s Call It Samuel
    • Composition of Samuel
    • Theories of Deuteronomistic Redaction
    • Samuel and the Canon
    • Prophets in the Former Prophets
    • Overview of Samuel
    • Textual Problems in the Book of Samuel
  • Unit 2: Eli and His Evil Sons, Hannah and Her Righteous Son
    • Working through the Text of Samuel
    • Eli and Hannah
    • Poetry in the Book of Samuel
    • Hannah’s Prayer
    • Eli’s Evil Sons and the Elide Judgment
  • Unit 3: The Call of Samuel and the Ark Narrative
    • The Call of Samuel
    • The Ark Narrative: The Ark Is Captured
    • The Ark Narrative: Sending the Ark back to Israel
  • Unit 4: Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge
    • Samuel as Prophet
    • Samuel as Priest
    • Samuel as Judge
  • Unit 5: Samuel and Saul: Establishing the Monarchy
    • Legitimacy, Longevity, and Legacy
    • The Law of the King
    • The Transition from Samuel’s Judgeship to Saul’s Kingship
    • Saul’s Anointing
    • Saul Is Declared King by Samuel
    • Samuel’s Final Address to the People
  • Unit 6: The Downfall of Saul
    • Saul’s Premature Sacrifice
    • The Amalekites: The Divine Command to Wipe Out the Amalekites
    • The Amalekites: Samuel’s Response and Saul’s Disobedience
    • The Amalekites: Saul’s Confession
  • Unit 7: Royal Legitimation: Divine Election and Prophetic Anointing
    • Divine Election
    • Prophetic Anointing
  • Unit 8: David’s Rise
    • Comparing the Sins of David and Saul, and David’s Anointing
    • David and Goliath
    • David and the Tel Dan Stele
    • David Hunted by Saul
    • David Inquires of Yawheh
    • David Doesn’t Kill Saul and Nabal, but God Does
    • Wise Women in Samuel: Abigail
    • Wise Women in Samuel: The Woman of Tekoa and the Woman of Abel
    • David and the Ark
    • The Davidic Promise: Part 1
    • The Davidic Promise: Part 2
    • The Davidic Promise: Part 3
  • Unit 9: David’s Fall
    • David’s Family: Murder, Rape, and Adultery: Part 1
    • David’s Family: Murder, Rape, and Adultery: Part 2
    • Nathan’s Parable
    • David’s Family: Amnon, Tamar, and Absalom
    • The Rebellion of Absalom: Part 1
    • The Rebellion of Absalom: Part 2
    • The Rebellion of Absalom: Part 3
    • David’s Return to Jerusalem and the Rebellion of Sheba
  • Unit 10: The “Appendices” of Samuel and Conclusion to the Course
    • The Gibeonites Are Avenged, and David’s Mighty Men
    • David’s Census
    • Conclusion of the Course
    • David’s Song

Dr. David Lamb is associate professor of Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has been teaching Old Testament at Biblical Seminary since 2006, and has been blogging (www.davidtlamb.com) since the spring of 2011. His dissertation, Righteous Jehu and His Evil Heirs, was published in 2007 (Oxford) and his book God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? was published in 2011 (InterVarsity Press).

OT325 Book Study: 1 & 2 Kings

  • Instructor: Dr. David Lamb
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video hours: 8

Learn how various literary, historical, and theological issues shape 1 & 2 Kings with Dr. David Lamb. Uncover the key themes of spiritual truth, obedience, idolatry, God’s promises, and prayer.


  • Unit 1: Introductory Issues
    • Why Study Kings?
    • Kings and the Canon
    • Confusion about Kings and Kingdoms
  • Unit 2: Literary Issues
    • Composition of Kings
    • The Royal Annals
    • How Were the Royal Annals Used?
    • Other Possible Sources
    • Deuteronomistic Redaction
    • Kings and Regnal Formulas: Israelite Regnal Formulas
    • Kings and Regnal Formulas: Judaean Regnal Formulas
    • Kings and Regnal Formulas: The Purpose of Regnal Formulas
    • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Terms
    • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Figures
    • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Speech
    • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Deeds
    • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Narratives
    • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Sources
  • Unit 3: Historical Issues
    • Historiography and the Book of Kings
    • Relationships with the Three Surrounding Empires: Egypt
    • Relationships with the Three Surrounding Empires: Assyria
    • Relationships with the Three Surrounding Empires: Babylon
    • Relationships with the Six Neighboring Nations: The First Five
    • Relationships with the Six Neighboring Nations: Aram
    • Rulers of Israel and Judah in External Sources
    • Rulers in Seals and Seal Impressions
    • Chronology Problems and Responses
    • Chronology Solutions and Dating Conventions
    • Chronology Solutions and Co-Regencies
    • Israel’s Early Story: Genesis and Exodus
    • Israel’s Early Story: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Samuel
  • Unit 4: Theological Issues
    • Disobedience and Judgments: Greed and Prophetic Disrespect
    • Disobedience and Judgments: Lions and Intermarriage
    • Worship and Idolatry
    • Dynastic Oracles
    • Prophets, Priests, and Kings in Spiritual Leadership
    • Women in Spiritual Leadership
  • Unit 5: The United Monarchy under Solomon (1 Kings 1–11)
    • Solomon’s Rise
    • Solomon’s Wisdom
    • Solomon’s Wisdom: The Two Prostitutes
    • Solomon’s Temple
    • Solomons’ Temple and Dynastic Promises
    • Solomon’s Fall
    • Few Finish Well
  • Unit 6: The Divided Monarchy: The Early Years (1 Kings 12–16:28)
    • Jeroboam I and Prophets Getting Eaten by Lions
    • Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa in Judah; and Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, and Omri in Israel
  • Unit 7: The Divided Monarchy: Elijah and Northern Israel (1 Kings 16:29–2 Kings 2:12)
    • Ahab, Jezebel, Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
    • Elijah’s Victory on Mount Carmel
    • Elijah the Suicidal Prophet
    • Ahab’s Battles with Aram
    • Elijah’s Final Days
  • Unit 8: The Divided Monarchy: Elisha and the Northern Kings (2 Kings 2:13–8:29)
    • Elisha’s Early Ministry: Elisha, the Boys, and the Bears
    • Mesha, Moab, and Miracles
    • Elisha and Aram
    • The Lost Ax Head and Elisha, the Kings, and the Horses
    • Lepers Sharing the Good News, a Bad Marriage, and Elisha the Kingmaker
  • Unit 9: The Divided Monarchy: The Final Years (2 Kings 9–17)
    • Israel: Righteous Jehu’s Bloody Revolution
    • Judah: Righteous Jehoash’s Temple Reparations
    • Israel: Jehu’s heirs (Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II, and Zechariah)
    • Judah: Amaziah, Azariah, Jotham, and Ahaz
    • Israel: Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah, Hoshea; Conquered and Exiled by Assyria
  • Unit 10: The Kingdom of Judah Alone (2 Kings 18–25)
    • Hezekiah and Sons Manasseh and Amon
    • Hezekiah’s Prayer
    • Hezekiah’s Healing
    • Josiah’s Reformation
    • Josiah’s Sons


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