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Mobile Ed: The World of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)
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Mobile Ed: The World of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)

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Explore the fascinating literary and social world of the Israelites of the Old Testament period with David W. Baker. Dig into historical extrabiblical texts to gain insight into the ancient Near Eastern culture in OT203 The Literary World of the Old Testament. Discover parallels between ancient Israel’s family structures and government with our own societal structures and challenges that we face today in OT204 The Social World of the Old Testament.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify similarities and differences between the biblical creation account and creation accounts from Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Discover in both traditions inside and outside the Bible how humanity caused problems with the creation that they were given and punishment and destruction was brought upon them
  • Examine ancient Near Eastern texts that include prayers and ritual texts that bear striking similarities and differences with ancient Israelite texts
  • Understand the social world and social life of the Israelites of the Old Testament period
  • Describe the family structures in Israel
  • Grasp several different aspects of ancient Israelite economics and how that affected not only individuals, but also the wider society

Individual Titles

OT203 The Literary World of the Old Testament

  • Instructor: David W. Baker
  • Video Hours: 6

Join David W. Baker on a whirlwind tour, looking at the Old Testament from many different angles and at how it relates to ancient Near Eastern literature. From creation accounts and stories of destruction to Wisdom literature, discover different biblical literary genres that have parallels in ancient Near Eastern literature. Explore extrabiblical historical texts that mention key events and figures from the Old Testament. Understand how Israel fits into and is impacted by its ancient Near Eastern environment, but also how it is separate and unique, mainly on a theological level, but also by its distinct worldview.


    Unit 1: ANE in Context
    • Introducing the Speaker and Course
    • Geographic Context of the Pentateuch in the ANE
    • International Relations and Multiculturalism in the ANE
    • Speaking and Writing in the ANE
    • Writing and Authorship in the ANE
    • The Kinds of Documents Available for Study Today: Part 1
    • The Kinds of Documents Available for Study Today: Part 2
    • Why and How We Study the Context of the ANE
    Unit 2: ANE Parallels in Genesis
    • The Old Testament Lenses of Creation
    • The Enuma Elish
    • Comparing and Contrasting Origin Accounts
    • Humanity’s Role in Creation
    • Creation Accounts in Egypt and Canaan
    • Two Parts of Creation
    • Sibling Rivalry Parallels
    • Parallels to Noah and Global Destruction
    • Genesis Compared to Gilgamesh
    • What Should We Make of the Parallels?
    • Rebellion and Death in Egypt
    • Tower of Babel
    • More Helpful Examples
    • Legal Documents from Nuzi and Jacob and Laban
    • Joseph’s Story
    Unit 3: ANE Parallels in Exodus
    • Moses’ Birth Parallels
    • The Exodus
    • Covenant and Treaties
    • Henotheism
    • Law Collections
    • Purpose of the Laws
    • Different Kinds of Penalties
    Unit 4: ANE Parallels in Leviticus and Numbers
    • Rituals in the ANE
    • Egyptian Document Relevant to Exodus
    • Balaam in the ANE
    Unit 5: ANE Parallels in Historical Texts and Prophets
    • Historical Texts
    • Omens
    • Historical Events versus Records
    • History versus Propaganda
    • Mesopotamian Lists and History
    • El-Amarna Letters
    • The Sea People
    • Chronology
    • Kings and Inscriptions of the ANE
    • Hazael of Damascus and King David
    • Tiglath-Pileser III
    • Sennacherib
    • Contemporary Documents
    • Nebuchadnezzar II
    • Seal Inscriptions
    • Prophecy and Divination in ANE
    • Omen Collections
    • Neo-Assyrian Prophecies
    • Concurrent Literature
    • Declarative Praise
    • Wisdom Literature
    • Love and Sex
    • Proverbs and Instructional Texts
    • Conclusion

OT204 The Social World of the Old Testament

  • Instructor: David W. Baker
  • Video Hours: 4

In an age of international travel and migration, we’re familiar with people who look, sound, eat, and believe differently than we do. In order to become friends, it’s helpful to understand where they come from and how they do things differently, or the same, as we do. In the same way it is necessary to understand someone who comes from a different place than we do, how much more necessary is it to understand someone who is from not only a different geographical place, but also a different time than we are? The Old Testament starts at the beginning of the world. This course will undertake the task of crossing the bridges of geography, climate, time, and a landscape unknown to us: ancient Israel. Throughout the course, David W. Baker will address aspects of life from our own culture and time, as well as family structure and societal systems from ancient Israelite life. As we learn more about the social world of the Old Testament, we will be struck not only by our differences, but also by our common humanity, sharing the same dreams, hopes, and fears as they did.


    Unit 1: Family System in the ANE
    • Introducing the Speaker and Course
    • Family Structures and Worldviews in the ANE
    • Geography and Sense of Place in the ANE
    • The Topography of the Old Testament
    • Sources of Information
    • Family and Households
    • Family in Genesis
    • Features of Israelite Families
    • Marriage in the ANE
    • Stages of Marriage in the ANE
    • First Family in the ANE
    • Childbearing in the ANE
    • Miscarriages in the ANE
    • Post-Birth Experience
    • Economics of the Family
    Unit 2: Public Life
    • Childhood
    • Family Authority
    • Women and Work in the ANE
    • Women and Laws in the ANE
    • Women and Property Rights in the ANE
    • Women Scribes in the ANE
    • Property and Wealth in the ANE
    • Creation from the Perspective of Economics: Part 1
    • Creation from the Perspective of Economics: Part 2
    • Creation from the Perspective of Economics: Part 3
    • Ownership in the ANE
    • The Effect of the Fall: Part 1
    • The Effect of the Fall: Part 2
    • Year of Jubilee
    Unit 3: Government
    • Government in the ANE
    • Moses and the Egyptian Court
    • Samuel and Monarchy
    • The Negative Side of Monarchy
    • King David’s Leadership
    • Administration and Bureaucrats in the ANE
    Unit 4: Religion
    • Religious Practices in Israel
    • The Function of the Tabernacle in Israel
    • The Symbolism of the Tabernacle
    • Shrines, Temples, and Rituals
    • Women and Worship in the ANE: Part 1
    • Women and Worship in the ANE: Part 2
    • Priesthood
    • Basis for Further Tasks
    • Conclusion

Product Details

  • Title: Mobile Ed: The World of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)
  • Instructor: David W. Baker
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 2
  • Video Hours: 10

About David W. Baker

David W. Baker is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1986, following teaching assignments at the University of Durban-Westville and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He’s also lectured in Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Baker has a particular interest in pedagogy, constantly exploring new means and media to enhance the learning and teaching experience for both the instructor and the student. He has contributed to, edited, or written over 40 books, including Isaiah in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi, and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Forthcoming books include Genesis 37–50: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible Series, 1 & 2 Kings in the Teach the Text Commentary Series, Genesis in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series, and 1 & 2 Samuel in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series.

He’s blessed with a wife, Morven, who immigrated to Canada from Scotland—a start that prepared her to support Dr. Baker in his geographical wanderings. Morven is a counselor specializing in women’s issues, specifically sexual abuse and domestic violence. Together, they have two children and three granddaughters.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

All courses in this bundle come with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the courses. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.