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Old Testament Essentials



Christians love the Bible, but they often do not know what to do with the Old Testament. In this course professor Tremper Longman presents a comprehensive overview that will enrich your knowledge and deepen your faith.

The course offers strategies for understanding each type of Old Testament writing, including history, prophecy, poetry, wisdom, and apocalyptic.

Jesus made a point to tell his disciples that the whole Old Testament anticipated his coming (see especially Luke 24:25-27, 44-45). And so each session includes a special feature called “Anticipating the New Testament.” Through this you will begin to discover the links between the two testaments and gain a fuller sense of our unfolding salvation history.

  • Presents a comprehensive overview that will enrich your knowledge and deepen your faith.
  • Offers strategies for understanding each type of Old Testament writing
  • Session includes a special feature called “Anticipating the New Testament.”
  • Lesson 1: Creation: God Creates the Cosmos
  • Lesson 2: Fall: Humanity Rebels Against the Creator
  • Lesson 3: Abraham: The Father of the Faith
  • Lesson 4: Isaac and Jacob: The Promise Continues
  • Lesson 5: Joseph: The Promise Survives
  • Lesson 6: Exodus: God Saves His People from Bondage
  • Lesson 7: Wilderness Wandering: God Refines His People
  • Lesson 8: Law: God Makes His Will Known
  • Lesson 9: Priests, Holy Place and Sacrifice: Coming into the Presence of the Lord
  • Lesson 10: Conquest: God Gives His People the Land
  • Lesson 11: Judges: Spiritual Confusion, Moral Depravity, Political Fragmentation
  • Lesson 12: Saul, David, and Solomon: The Rise of Kingship
  • Lesson 13: Psalms: Worshiping the Lord
  • Lesson 14: Wisdom: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Life
  • Lesson 15: Divided Monarchy: The Road to Judgment
  • Lesson 16: Prophets: God’s Covenant Lawyers and Apocalyptic Visionaries
  • Lesson 17: Exile and Return: Divine Hostility and Restoration
  • Lesson 18: Epilogue
  • Title: Old Testament Essentials (video)
  • Author: Tremper Longman III
  • Publisher: Seminary Now
  • Print Publication Date: 2023
  • Logos Release Date: 2023
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Video
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Videos
  • Resource Type: Media
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-12-19T18:11:39Z
Tremper Longman III

Tremper Longman III serves as Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has written over 35 books, including commentaries on Genesis, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel, Nahum, and Revelation. His books have been translated into 18 different languages. In addition, as a Hebrew scholar, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation, and has served as a consultant on other popular Bible translations, including The Message, the New Century Version, the Christian Standard Bible, and the Common Bible. He has also edited and contributed to a number of study Bibles and Bible dictionaries, most recently The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

He earned his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, and both his MPhil and PhD from Yale University. Dr. Longman and his wife, Alice, have three sons and eight grandchildren.


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  1. Andy Anderson

    Andy Anderson


    I highly recommend this course! His presentation takes you from Creation through the Exile and Return. Tremper Longman III made this so interesting that I will be taking additional classes in studies of the Old Testament. So interesting, I started at lesson 1 and concluded with lesson 18, in the same evening. It is like the reading of a wonderful book, that you cannot put down. This course is awesome!