Old Testament Books:
Pentateuch Series - This series of four classes covers the foundation of Scripture: the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible. As well as dealing directly with the text, these courses focus on authorship, historicity and how to make sense out of passages that confuse or scandalize (post)modern readers.
The Kings of Israel Series -
Six books in the Bible center around with Israel’s monarchy, spanning over five hundred years and 167 chapters! While somewhat neglected, these books offer some of the most vivid teaching on God’s sovereignty, human depravity, and God’s eternal plan of salvation through the Davidic Messiah. Many better known books spell out the theology explicitly that is left implicit in these narratives of violence, betrayal, and at times painful irony.
Psalms - "The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed. The Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed." Nowhere is this more evident than in the Psalms. This book is cited in the New Testament more than any other book of the Old Testament. The Psalms are revelation - God speaks to us through them about Himself and His plans for us. The Psalms are poetry - moving because poetry sneaks around our reluctance to feel strong emotions. The Psalms are honest - not always nice or happy, but they tell the truth about doubt during painful times. We are separated from the authors of the Psalms by more than three millennia, but they still have much to say to us. Come hear God speak through the Hebrew poets in this enlightening, stirring and challenging study.
Isaiah - In this five-week course, we will take an in-depth look at the book of Isaiah. It will be challenging and stimulating for mind and spirit alike. On the one hand, its historical context, authorship, and canonicity of Isaiah is complex. But, on the other hand, God reveals Himself in these pages—His character, perspectives, personality, and plans—in ways that are often moving, startling, and exhilarating. It is little wonder that this ancient book is so often cited in secular culture. Join us for this engaging and uplifting study. This class is open to all. Students should have a basic familiarity with the Old Testament and should read Isaiah prior to attending class. Graduates of Old Testament Survey and Hermeneutics will be best prepared for this class.
Ezekiel - The purpose of this course is to provide a guided study through the book of Ezekiel, to give you practice interpreting prophetic material inductively and to consider important issues relevant to the book: its historic context; authorship; prophetic content and major themes. The course will be a useful introduction to the general structure of prophetic writings, as well.
The Minor Prophets - In the Old Testament, God spoke through his prophets both about his plan for the future through the Messiah, and his will for their own day. This five-week course surveys the history and message of the Minor Prophets: Hosea through Malachi.
New Testament Books
The Synoptic Gospels - The Synoptic Gospels together comprise the earliest narrative records available to us of Jesus’ ministry and teaching. This class will be an in-depth study of these three gospels. In Carson and Moo's Introduction to the New Testament, they write, "The Synoptic Gospels as a whole make an irreplaceable contribution. Alongside John, they constitute the foundational witness to the person, ministry, teaching, passion and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah." (162-3) In line with the above remark, this class will primarily focus on the object of their testimonies: Jesus Christ. We will also examine their relationship to one another as well as look at their historicity, origins and distinctive styles.
Gospel of John - John’s Gospel stands out from the other three in a variety of ways: style, historical content and theological emphasis. This class will examine the figure at the center of the fourth gospel (and indeed the whole of history), Jesus of Nazareth. Alongside examining John’s portrait of Jesus, we will examine questions of historicity, dating and authorship. Finally, in cases where John appears to elevate Jesus more so than the other gospels, we will examine how to recover these same theological claims from the Synoptics (Matthew, Mark and Luke).