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RELS211 - Introduction to the Old Testament

Course Details

Course Code: RELS211 Course ID: 3635 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course acquaints students with the content and major themes of the Old Testament and familiarizes them with important contemporary scholarship which helps to illuminate the biblical documents. Course content explores the socio-political and religious forces that shape the thirty nine books of the Old Testament and examines the enduring significance of their diverse messages.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Identify the unique structure and themes found in the 39 books that comprise the formation of the Hebrew Bible and the establishment of the Old Testament set against the historical and cultural settings of the Ancient Near East.
• Summarize the social, political, geographical, and religious mileu which gave birth to the Hebrew Scriptures.
• Evaluate contemporary methodologies and tools employed by scholars in the study of the Old Testament including source criticism, the historical-critical method (JEDP), tradition criticism, redaction criticism, literary, and canonical applications used in the interpretation of the Bible.
• Analyze the advancement of Old Testament studies as revealed by contemporary discoveries made through, but not limited to archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, history, and theology.
• Demonstrate the application of course principles through the academic study of one (1) of the Books of the Old Testament.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.33 %
Week 2 Forum 3.33 %
Week 3 Forum 3.33 %
Week 4 Forum 3.33 %
Week 5 Forum 3.33 %
Week 6 Forum 3.33 %
Week 7 Forum 3.33 %
Week 8: Final Reflections on my Study of the Old Testament! 3.33 %
Week 8 Favorite OT Book Research Presentation Forum 3.33 %
Assignments 25.00 %
Week 5: Current Affairs Review Essay 25.00 %
Projects 45.00 %
Week 3 Project: Chamber of Commerce Recruitment Presentation 22.50 %
Week 8: Favorite Old Testament Book Research Presentation 22.50 %

See the weekly Readings and Resources.

Book Title:The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author:Coogan, Michael
Unit Cost:$9.61
Book Title:The Oxford Bible Commentary - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Author:Barton, John
Unit Cost:$42.43
Book Title:Ancient Israelite And Early Jewish Literature, 10th revised - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Brill Academic
Author:Vriezin, T.C.
Unit Cost:$82.98

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.