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Mobile Ed: BI291 The Apocrypha: Witness between the Testaments (8 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: BI291 The Apocrypha: Witness between the Testaments (8 hour course)

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Overview

In this course, distinguished scholar Dr. David deSilva provides you with an introduction to the Old Testament Apocrypha. Become familiar with the setting and content of books such as 1–4 Maccabees, Judith, Baruch, the Wisdom of Solomon, and more. Understand how these writings influenced the writers of the New Testament and the early church, and how they provide us with valuable insight into the Judaism of the time of Christ.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the Old Testament Apocrypha
  • Be familiar with the setting of the books of the Apocrypha
  • Understand how these writings influenced the writers of the New Testament and the early church

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and Course

Unit 1: The Apocrypha: A General Introduction

  • What Is the Apocrypha, and Where Does It Come From?
  • Accessing the Apocrypha in Logos
  • What’s inthe Apocrypha?
  • Value of the Apocrypha: Provides Important Background Information
  • Value of the Apocrypha: Resources for the Early Christian Church

Unit 2: The Books of the Apocrypha: 1 Esdras and the Wisdom of Ben Sira

  • 1 Esdras
  • Exploring Old Testament Festivals with Interactive Media
  • The Wisdom of Ben Sira
  • Studying Books of the Apocrypha with Passage Guide
  • Other Topics in Ben Sira
  • Ben Sira and Jewish Piety

Unit 3: The Books of the Apocrypha: 1 and 2 Maccabees

  • 1 and 2 Maccabees
  • The Background of the Maccabees
  • The Maccabean Revolt
  • Using the Timeline Tool to Study the Intertestamental History
  • 2 Maccabees and Deuteronomy
  • 2 Maccabees, Resurrection, and Atonement for the Dead
  • 1 Maccabees
  • Maccabees and Zeal for the Torah

Unit 4: The Books of the Apocrypha: Judith and 2 Esdras

  • Introduction to Judith
  • Judith and the “Ideal Woman”
  • Historical Issues in Judith
  • Judith: The Ethics of Deceit
  • Introduction to 2 Esdras
  • Searching the Apocrypha with Logos Tagging
  • 2 Esdras: Torah and Election after AD 70
  • 2 Esdras: Judgment on Rome and the Gentiles

Unit 5: The Books of the Apocrypha: Tobit, Susanna, and Baruch

  • Introduction to Tobit
  • Tobit’s Ethical and Theological Contributions
  • Tobit and Prayer
  • Tobit’s Eschatology
  • Using the Factbook to Explore the Apocrypha
  • Susanna: Overview and Lessons
  • Introduction to Baruch
  • Baruch: Torah and Repentance

Unit 6: The Books of the Apocrypha: Letter of Jeremiah, Bel and the Dragon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Greek Esther

  • Letter of Jeremiah: Overview and Lessons
  • Bel and the Dragon: Overview and Lessons
  • Introduction to the Wisdom of Solomon
  • The Ungodly and the Righteous
  • Critique of Gentile Religion and Practice
  • Searching for Wisdom in Psalms and Proverbs
  • Introduction to Greek Esther
  • Jew-Gentile Tensions in Greek Esther

Unit 7: The Books of the Apocrypha: 3 and 4 Maccabees

  • Introduction to 3 Maccabees
  • Tensions Without, Tensions Within
  • Prayer in 3 Maccabees
  • Introduction to 4 Maccabees
  • A Defense of the Jewish Way of Life
  • Reflections on the Jewish Martyrs

Unit 8: The Books of the Apocrypha: Prayer of Manasseh, Psalm 151, and More Additions to Daniel

  • Prayer of Manasseh: Overview and Lessons
  • Psalm 151: Overview and Lessons
  • Introduction to the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men
  • Prayer of Azariah
  • Song of the Three Young Men

Unit 9: Sketches of the Impact of the Apocrypha

  • Ben Sira and the Teachings of Jesus
  • Finding Connections between the Apocrypha and the New Testament
  • Ben Sira and the Teachings of James
  • Comparing Ben Sira and James on Speech
  • 2 and 4 Maccabees and Early Christian Martyrological Literature
  • Wisdom of Solomon and Early Christian Theology
  • The Apocrypha as Prophetic Witness to Christ

Unit 10: The Apocrypha in the Christian Church and Canon

  • The Apocrypha and the Jewish Bible: The Emerging Consensus
  • The Apocrypha and the Jewish Bible: Why Not Those?
  • The Use of the Apocrypha in the Early Churches
  • Debates Concerning the Apocrypha in the Early Churches: The Form of a Book
  • Debates Concerning the Apocrypha in the Early Churches: The Old Testament Canon
  • The Apocrypha and the Reformation: Introduction and Martin Luther
  • The Apocrypha and the Reformation: The Swiss Reformers
  • The Apocrypha and the Reformation: Counter-Reformation and Response
  • The Place of the Apocrypha Today
  • Using the Canon Comparison Interactive to Explore Different Canons

Conclusion

  • Reviewing Our Journey through the Apocrypha

Product Details

  • Title: BI291 The Apocrypha: Witness between the Testaments
  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 8

About David A. deSilva

David A. deSilva PhD, is the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he has taught since 1995. He has written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning, The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude, and Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation. He’s ordained in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as director of music and organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland. He and his wife, Donna Jean, have three sons.

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.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.