BIB4320 Mission of God in OT Poetry

Course Overview

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

Course Description:

Examines the literary and stylistic features of ancient Israelite poetry. It investigates history and background, author and composition, types and characteristics, literary themes and devices, and the overall purpose for the composition of ancient Israelite poetry. The course underscores the missiological character of Israelite poetry through the study of apparent and subtle mission motifs embedded in the text.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course examines the missiological message in the composition of Hebrew poetry. These poetic compositions invigorated the worship and spirituality of ancient Israel through the celebration and description of Gods saving acts on behalf of Israel.The understanding of the missiological importance of the Old Testament poetry will directly impact the students teaching, preaching and interpretation of Gods word, and further enhance the recognition and appreciation of Gods saving acts in his/her lives.

Why This Course Is Important:

Old Testament poetry describes Yahwehs deeds of salvation on behalf of ancient Israel. However, the story of salvation in ancient Israelite poetry has its climax in the revelation of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. This understanding of Gods works of salvation in Israelite poetic composition naturally demands the need to help students understand as well as participate in the celebration and appreciation of Gods sovereign redemptive plan in salvation of the world.