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Mobile Ed: OT101 Introducing Old Testament: Its Structure and Story
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Mobile Ed: OT101 Introducing Old Testament: Its Structure and Story

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Lexham Press 2013

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Overview

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.

Recommended readings can be found here: OT101 Resources.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Trace the broad history of Israel as presented in the biblical books from the call of Abraham through the return from exile
  • List the major themes of the books of the Torah, Joshua through 2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, and Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Articulate how each Old Testament book addressed in the course contributes to the Old Testament’s presentation of God’s plan for Israel

Course Outline

Unit 1: Developing an Eye for Structures

  • Linear Structure
  • Symmetric Structure
  • Parallel Structure
  • Indicators of Structure
  • Finding Repeated Words in Jonah with Word Lists

Unit 2: The Canon of the Old Testament

  • The Canon of the Old Testament
  • Quiz – Units 1 & 2

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
  • Searching for Subjects and Objects in Genesis with Clause Search
  • Blessing as Praising God
  • Quiz – Unit 3

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
  • Quiz – Unit 4

Unit 5: The Book of Leviticus

  • An Overview of Leviticus
  • The Structure of Leviticus
  • The Message of Leviticus
  • Quiz – Unit 5

Unit 6: The Book of Numbers

  • An Overview of Numbers
  • The Structure of Numbers
  • Researching Biblical Places in Numbers Using Bible Facts
  • The Message of Human Failings in Numbers
  • The Message of Divine Faithfulness in Numbers
  • The Priestly Blessing in Numbers
  • Quiz – Unit 6

Unit 7: The Book of Deuteronomy

  • An Overview of Deuteronomy
  • Finding Cross-References on Deuteronomy 6:4–5 with the Explorer
  • The Structure of Deuteronomy
  • Searching for Ancient Near Eastern Treaties and Other Hard-to-Find Material
  • The Message of Deuteronomy
  • The Message of the Shema
  • Quiz – Unit 7
  • Midterm Exam

Unit 8: The Book of Joshua

  • An Overview of Joshua
  • The Structure of Joshua
  • The Structure of Joshua 1–5
  • The Message of Joshua
  • Quiz – Unit 8

Unit 9: The Book of Judges

  • An Overview of Judges
  • The Structure of Judges
  • Researching Biblical Names Using Power Lookup
  • The Theme of Judges: Apostasy
  • The Story of Judges
  • The Message of Judges: The Results of Apostasy
  • More Results of Apostasy
  • Quiz – Unit 9

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
  • Preparing a Topic-Based Sermon with the Sermon Starter Guide
  • The Epilogue of Samuel
  • Quiz – Unit 10

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
  • Quiz – Unit 11

Unit 12: The Chronicler’s History

  • Restoring the Kingdom
  • The Unity of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Quiz – Unit 12

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
  • Researching Biblical People Using Bible Facts
  • Quiz – Unit 13

Unit 14: The Book of Ezra-Nehemiah

  • The Key Text of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • The Unity of Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Using Bibles with Unusual Versification
  • 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
  • Finding Hebrew Expressions with a Morph Search
  • Following Ezra’s Example
  • Quiz – Unit 14
  • Final Exam

Product Details

  • Title: OT101 Introducing Old Testament: Its Structure and Story
  • Instructor: Dr. Mark Futato
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 6

About Mark Futato

Dr. Mark 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 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.

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.

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