BIB3300 Mission of God in Old Testament History

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Bennett

Course Description:

Explores and describes the mission motifs, themes, and theologies in Old Testament historical books. It explores the missionary character of Old Testament history and the presentation of Israelite history as the divine stage for Gods acts of salvation to the world. Periods of Old Testament history are studied to rediscover the missionary goals of the God/human encounter in the story of Israel.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course engages the active presence of God in the events of history. In the Old Testament, this active presence of God in history is seen in his acts of salvation on behalf of individuals and communities in ancient Israel. Since the divine acts of salvation in history climaxes with the revelation of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, the course will help the students see, understand and connect with Gods continuous works of salvation in Christ, and the continuous expressions of this act of salvation in their homes, community, and working place.

Why This Course Is Important:

Old Testament history describes Yahwehs deeds of salvation on behalf of ancient Israel. However, this story of salvation in the Old Testament has its climax in the revelation of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The understanding of Gods works of salvation within this story demands the involvement of men and women in Gods ongoing mission to save the world. The justification for this course lies in its commitment to read and understand the entire Old Testament from the perspective of Gods mission.