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Mobile Ed: OT391 The Shema (3 hour course)

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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.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the Shema
  • Discuss what the Shema reveals about both God and Jesus
  • Trace the history of the use of the word “LORD” for YHWH
  • Explain the meaning of “the LORD is one”
  • Distinguish the difference in meaning between Adonai and Elohim
  • Discuss what it means to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength
  • Describe the pattern of ancient Near Eastern covenants
  • Explain methods to both internalize and externalize the Shema

Course Outline


  • 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

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About Mark D. Futato

Dr. Mark D. Futato is the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Futato received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He served on the translation team for the Book of Psalms in The New Living Translation (NLT), 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 (5 vols.).


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  1. Elizabeth Parker
  2. Joe Marshall

    Joe Marshall


  3. Charles



  4. Deepak Kumar Singh
    The Course is fantastic. I just love the way Dr. Mark D. Futato explains the concepts in a very easy and heart-warming manner. He makes you fall in love with Shema. Highly recommended!!
  5. john kho

    john kho


  6. Bill



  7. Jonathan Spilger
    This is a very helpful course discussing an important passage of scripture. I would recommend it highly to anyone from any theological background. The course covers the passage in detail, and give links to very helpful articles, and guides. The teacher is personable, and has an obvious love the passage he is teaching. The course material is presented in the high standard of quality that we have come to expect from Hexham Press. I deducted a star for the following reasons: 1. Dr. Futato does some very good version comparisons as they relate to how Hebrew words from the text could be translated. But, in at least one major instance he says that one of the translation options isn't used in any translation that he knows of... but this is the reading used in the KJV. I'm not expecting that every one use the KJV, but it seems that a teacher of his status should know about it. 2. This course takes an obvious Reformed standpoint. I don't think this standpoint is necessary considering the text that is being taught. As it relates to the comments and reviews before mine: No two people are every going to agree completely on everything. I've learned a lot from people I disagree with. You don't have to change who you are to learn, unless you are biased against the truth.
  8. Phil Berry

    Phil Berry


    I love studying the Shema, what a great study of Scripture. I plan to incorporate this into my own ministry. Thank you so much
  9. Duncan McCullough
    Like all Scripture teaching, there can be various views on passages, and while there are differences in our belief of a particular aspects, it is excellent to be challenged with these differences. The course encouraged me to question my understanding and see possible alternatives and I believe that is what a Mobile Ed course should do. That said I continue to believe as Paul writes in Timothy that "16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." and to use in our living at all times and in all places.
  10. Andre Nagel

    Andre Nagel


    Hi I am from the Dutch Reform Tradition and in many ways I am at odds with many things said in many courses and books in Logos. However, The insight gained reading the actual words and the authors views has strengthened my knowledge and understanding, not only from my point of view but that of others. I am proud of of every book I own. Logos cannot become a tool governed by a specific group as we all will loose the true value of what they provide. What some call heretical may not be heretical at all, merely a differing point of view taken up to ensure that you community can operate within your believe system. Remember, while scripture is infallable, our interpretation of scripture is fallable (Charles Hodge) and as reformers we should be proud of our tradition of being able to reform based on or continious study of the scripture, even in our interpretation of the scripture. .But this course if you want your understanding to grow and you may disagree with the presenter ! However I believe you will find a lot more common ground than differences. "If you loose and argument because you come to a different view you are actually the real winner."


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