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Gain insight into the Old Testament with this six-course bundle from Mark Futato. Survey the structure and story of the Old Testament, learning the purpose and key verses of these books. Learn how to understand and translate Hebrew, so you can read the Old Testament in its original language. Dive deep into the Psalms, seeing how they were understood by ancient Israel and how they still speak to us today. Finally, unpack the Shema (Deut 6:4–9), learning why this text is sacred to both Jews Christians and seeing how these commands can point us toward Jesus each and every day.

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CM328 Preaching the Psalms

  • Instructor: Mark D. Futato
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Video hours: 8

Preaching the Psalms (CM328) teaches students how to interpret and preach psalms according to their structure and the larger context of the book of Psalms. The course begins by introducing the mechanics of Hebrew poetry, including parallelism and the use of imagery, and explains how they affect meaning. It considers the book of Psalms as a whole, surveys and illustrates the various categories of psalms, and identifies christological implications of the book. It concludes with a four-step methodology for preaching the psalms and demonstrates implementation of those steps through the study of Psa 29.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Appreciating the Poetry
  • What Is Hebrew Poetry?
  • Analyzing Cola and Lines
  • Analyzing Strophes
  • Analyzing Stanzas
  • What Is Parallelism?
  • How Does Parallelism Work?
  • Introduction to Poetic Imagery
  • Emotions and the Mind
  • Ancient Imagery
  • Creating Associations
  • Multiple Meanings
  • The Need for Analysis
  • Kinds of Imagery
  • Linear Patterns
  • Parallel Patterns
  • Symmetrical Patterns
  • Mythopoeic Imagery
Unit 2: Viewing the Whole
  • Introduction to Psalms
  • Psalm 1: The Purpose of Psalms
  • The Torahof Moses in Relation to Psalms
  • Torahas Delight
  • Characteristics of a Blessed Person
  • Blessed and Perishing
  • Well-Being in Every Area of Life
  • Holiness and Happiness
  • Holiness and Meditation
  • Holiness in Christ
  • Psalm 2: The Message of Psalms
  • The One Enthroned
  • The Anointed One
  • An Eschatological Reign
  • Suffering and Praise
  • Psalms of Lament
  • Suffering and the Life of Christ
  • Our King Is Coming: Books 1–3
  • Our King Is Coming: Books 4–5
Unit 3: Interpreting the Categories
  • Categories in Music
  • Defining Categories
  • The Importance of Categories
  • Identifying Genre
  • Providing the Context
  • The Basic Categories of Psalms
  • A Hymn: Psalm 117
  • A Lament: Psalm 13
  • A Song of Thanksgiving: Psalm 30
  • A Song of Confidence: Psalm 23
  • Excursus on Counting
  • A Wisdom Psalm: Psalm 1
  • Applying the Categories to Christ
Unit 4: Proclaiming the Psalms
  • Kinds of Sermons
  • Get Oriented: Read in Context
  • Get Oriented: Read in the Context of Categories
  • Get Oriented: Ask Two Questions
  • Focus on the Details
  • Shape Your Presentation
  • Shape Your Presentation: Approaches to Outlining
  • Shape Your Presentation: The Logic of Outlining
  • Shape Your Presentation: Outlining Psalm 13
  • Shape Your Presentation: The Language of Outlining
  • Reflect on the Text and Life
  • A Typical Preaching Week
Unit 5: Practicing the Principles
  • Get Oriented: Read Psalm 29
  • Get Oriented: Psalm 29 in Context
  • Get Oriented: The Category of Kingship Psalms
  • Focus on the Details: Psalm 29:1–2
  • Focus on the Details: Psalm 29:3–9
  • Focus on the Details: The Geography of Psalm 29
  • Focus on the Details: Locating Kadesh
  • Focus on the Details: Psalm 29:10–11
  • Focus on the Details: God’s Blessing
  • Excursus: Psalm 29 as a Canaanite Poem
  • Shape Your Presentation: Overview
  • Shape Your Presentation: Exegetical Outline
  • Shape Your Presentation: Expository Outline
  • Reflect on the Text and Life: Believe, Feel, Do
  • Course Summary and Application

HB101 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

  • Instructor: Mark D. Futato
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video hours: 10

Gain insight into Hebrew grammar, and learn all of the sounds and symbols of the alphabet—both the consonants and the vowels. Explore the forms of the noun, the adjective, and the verb in all its conjugations of the basic patterns. Discover how these words work together to form phrases, clauses, and sentences. As you deepen your knowledge of how Hebrew works, you will practice reading Hebrew text from the Hebrew Bible.

HB101 is integrated with Mark Futato’s Beginning Biblical Hebrew. We recommend purchasing this book with this course.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Learning to Read Hebrew
  • The Alphabet
  • Consonants with Two Forms and Two Sounds
  • Vowels
  • Putting Consonants and Vowels Together
  • Sheva and Strong Dagesh
  • Unit 1 Vocabulary
  • Unit 1 Practice
  • Unit 1 Practice Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 1 Quiz
Unit 2: Nouns: Basic Forms
  • Gender of Nouns
  • Number of Nouns
  • Summary of Basic Noun Forms
  • Unit 2 Vocabulary
  • Unit 2 Practice
  • Unit 2 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 2 Quiz
Unit 3: Personal Pronouns and the Definite Article
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Definitive Article
  • Unit 3 Vocabulary
  • Unit 3 Practice
  • Unit 3 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 3 Quiz
Unit 4: Verbs: Perfects
  • Overview of the Hebrew Verb
  • Qal Perfect
  • Use of Qal Perfect
  • Unit 4 Vocabulary
  • Unit 4 Practice
  • Unit 4 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 4 Quiz
Unit 5: Sentences with Verbs
  • Subject
  • Direct Object
  • Word Order
  • Negative Sentences
  • Unit 5 Vocabulary
  • Unit 5 Practice
  • Unit 5 Practice Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 5 Quiz
Unit 6: Verbs: Seven Patterns
  • Seven Basic Verb Patterns
  • Niphal
  • Piel and Pual
  • Hiphil and Hophal
  • Hitpael
  • Unit 6 Vocabulary
  • Unit 6 Practice
  • Unit 6 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 6 Quiz
Unit 7: Prepositions and Vav Conjunction
  • Prepositions
  • Independent Prepositions
  • Inseparable Prepositions
  • Vav Conjunction
  • Unit 7 Vocabulary
  • Unit 7 Practice
  • Unit 7 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 7 Quiz
Unit 8: Adjectives: Forms and Use
  • Basic Forms of Adjectives
  • Geminate Roots
  • Use of Adjectives
  • Unit 8 Vocabulary
  • Unit 8 Practice
  • Unit 8 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 8 Quiz
Unit 9: Verbs: Imperfect
  • Form of the Qal Imperfect
  • Use of Imperfect
  • Unit 9 Vocabulary
  • Unit 9 Practice
  • Unit 9 Practice Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 9 Quiz
Unit 10: Nouns: Construct State
  • Use of Construct State
  • Form of Construct State
  • Unit 10 Vocabulary
  • Unit 10 Practice
  • Unit 10 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 10 Quiz
Unit 11: Pronoun Suffixes
  • Pronoun Suffixes on Singular Nouns
  • Pronoun Suffixes on Plural Nouns
  • Pronoun Suffixes on Prepositions
  • Unit 11 Vocabulary
  • Unit 11 Practice
  • Unit 11 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 11 Quiz
Unit 12: Verbs: Infinitives
  • Infinitives
  • Infinitive Construct
  • Infinitive Absolute
  • Unit 12 Vocabulary
  • Unit 12 Practice
  • Unit 12 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 12 Quiz
Unit 13: Verbs: Participles
  • Introducing Participles
  • Use of the Participle
  • Unit 13 Vocabulary
  • Unit 13 Practice
  • Unit 13 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 13 Quiz
Unit 14: Verbs: The Volitives
  • Volitives
  • Imperative and Jussive
  • Negating and Indirect Volitive
  • Unit 14 Vocabulary
  • Unit 14 Practice
  • Unit 14 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 14 Quiz
Unit 15: Verbs: Vav-Relative
  • Vav-Relative
  • Use of the Vav-Relative
  • Unit 15 Vocabulary
  • Unit 15 Practice
  • Unit 15 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 15 Quiz
Unit 16: Verbs: Piels
  • Piel
  • Form of the Piel
  • Piel Imperative, Infinitive, Participle
  • Piel Cohortative and WCI
  • Unit 16 Vocabulary
  • Unit 16 Practice
  • Unit 16 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 16 Quiz
Unit 17: Verbs: Hiphils
  • Introducing the Hiphil
  • Form of the Hiphil
  • Hiphil Imperative, Infinitive, Participle
  • Hiphil Cohortative, Jussive, and WCI
  • Unit 17 Vocabulary
  • Unit 17 Practice
  • Unit 17 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 17 Quiz
Unit 18: Verbs: Niphals
  • Meaning of the Niphal
  • Form of the Niphal
  • Niphal Imperative, Infinitive, Participle
  • Niphal Cohortative, Jussive, and WCI
  • Unit 18 Vocabulary
  • Unit 18 Practice
  • Unit 18 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 18 Quiz
Unit 19: Syntax: The Perfect
  • Syntax of the Perfect
  • Performative, Gnomic, Precative, and Rhetorical Perfect
  • Unit 19 Vocabulary
  • Unit 19 Practice
  • Unit 19 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 19 Quiz
Unit 20: Syntax: The Imperfect
  • Syntax of the Imperfect
  • Imperfect Modalities
  • Unit 20 Vocabulary
  • Unit 20 Practice
  • Unit 20 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
Unit 21: Weak Roots
  • Introducing Weak Roots
  • Unit 21 Vocabulary
  • Unit 21 Practice
  • Unit 21 Reading Your Hebrew Bible
  • Unit 21 Quiz
  • Finishing the Course but Not Your Hebrew Studies
Final Exam

OT101 Introducing Old Testament: Its Structure and Story

  • Instructor: Mark D. Futato
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Video hours: 6

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.


    • 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

OT221 Introductory Issues in Psalms

  • Instructor: Mark D. Futato
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Video hours: 3

Introductory Issues in Psalms (OT221) presents an overview of important interpretive elements of the book of Psalms, challenging traditional views in the process. It considers the book of Psalms as a whole, surveys and illustrates the various categories of particular psalms, and suggests christological implications of the book. The course provides a robust understanding of how the psalms are organized and how they lead to successful living.


Unit 1: Psalms as Instruction
  • An Introduction to Torah
  • The Five Books of the Psalms
  • Meditation in the Bible
  • For the Happy Life
  • The Promise of Blessedness
  • The Promise of Success
  • Psalm 1 and Christ
Unit 2: Psalms as Poetry
  • Introduction to Hebrew Poetry
  • Interpreting Imagery
  • Imagery Used in the Psalms
  • The Importance of Genre
  • What Is Genre?
  • Why Is Genre Important?
  • The Primary Genres of Psalms
  • Genres of Psalms and Christ
  • Using the Psalms Explorer
Unit 3: Psalms as History
  • Historical Context of the Psalms
  • General Comments about Superscriptions
  • Are Superscriptions Original?
  • Timelessness of a Psalm
  • Historical Settings of Psalms
Unit 4: Psalms as Theology
  • Introduction
  • Our God Is King
  • Comparing Hebrew Words in Translation
  • Our God Reigns through the Anointed One
  • Our Destiny Is Glory
  • Our King Is Coming
Unit 5: Psalms as Wisdom
  • Wisdom Literature
  • Graphing How Often a Word Occurs in Each Biblical Book
  • Wisdom’s Diction and Themes
  • Psalms as Wisdom
  • The Wisdom Psalter

OT391 The Shema

  • Instructor: Mark D. Futato
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Video hours: 3

Explore the depths of the Shema (Deut 6:4–9) and learn why this text is sacred not only to Jews but to Christians as well. Discover why Jesus quoted the Shema when asked what the greatest commandment is. Gain insight into the covenantal, volitional, and emotional aspects of love and what it means to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Dr. Mark Futato guides you through the text, shedding light on the Hebrew language and its various interpretations. He then identifies the Shema’s relevance today and how these commands can point us toward Jesus each and every day.


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Introductory Matters
  • The Shema: Foundational for Jews and Christians
  • Finding Old Testament Quotes Spoken by Jesus
  • What Is the Shema?
  • Scope and Sequence
Unit 2: The Command before the Command
  • The Semantic Range of Shema
  • Discovering the Range of Meanings for the Lemma Shema
  • The Meaning of Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4
  • What’s in a Name?
  • The Christian as Israel
  • “Hear, O Israel” as an Indicator of Place
  • Summary: Deuteronomy 6:4a
  • Translating Deuteronomy 6:4b
  • God’s Name in the Shema
  • Using Hebrew Lexicons to Define Important Terms
  • The Meaning of God
  • Compound Nature, Compound Name
  • An Ambiguous Expression
  • “The Lord Is One”: Exclusivity of Relationship
  • Comparing English Versions of Deuteronomy 6:4
  • “The Lord Is One”: Integrity of Character
Unit 3: The Command
  • Review and Introduction
  • Ancient Near Eastern Covenants
  • The Motivation for Covenantal Love
  • The Volitional Nature of Loving God
  • The Emotional Nature of Loving God
  • Discovering Ancient Near Eastern Treaties Related to the Shema
  • The Quality of Love for God
Unit 4: The Commands after the Command: Internalization
  • Review of the Shema’s Structure
  • “These Words”: Which Words?
  • God’s Commandments: Still Relevant
  • Internal Medicine: Words on the Heart
  • The New Power of the New Covenant
Unit 5: The Commands after the Command: Externalization
  • The Command in the Community
  • The Meaning of Shinnen
  • Keeping the Faith Alive through Children
  • Everywhere and All the Time
  • Bound to God’s Commandments
  • Doorposts and Gates
  • The Shema on Our Hearts

Interactive Hebrew Alphabet Course

  • Instructor: Mark D. Futato
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Video hours: 1

For serious study of the Old Testament you need to be able to recognize the original words of the Hebrew Bible since they regularly appear in commentaries and lexicons. This course will make you feel at ease when you encounter such references by teaching you the Hebrew alphabet and showing you how to pronounce whole words. To help you master the Hebrew alphabet, each lesson has an interactive activity section with various experiential exercises, such as game-type drills, an alphabet song, and quizzes. There are also reference sections with additional information and materials such as printable charts. Whether you are just curious about the alphabet or are planning to study biblical Hebrew, this course provides a fantastic foundation for recognizing Hebrew letters and words so you can work with all of the words the Lord has preserved for us in the Old Testament.


Hebrew Alphabet and Pronunciation
  • Course Orientation
  • The Hebrew Alphabet
  • Consonants with Multiple Sounds and Forms
  • Vowels
  • Sheva and Dagesh
  • Syllables
  • Accents
  • Pronouncing Words
  • Reading Hebrew

Dr. Mark D. Futato is the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Futato received his PhD from The Catholic University of America. He served on the translation team for the book of Psalms in The New Living Translation, contributed study notes for the ESV Study Bible and the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, and contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.


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