Old Testament Studies - From Christopher's Teaching

These outlines and papers cover Christopher's past lectures and teachings on OT topics

Monday, December 18, 2006

Old Testament Study - The Book of Job

Since I had been out of contact with my site I have not posted any of my more recent class handouts.  This Fall I taught on Job for the first time (I generally avoid it like the plague).  It was a challenging class to teach and I hope you find this of interest.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Notes on the Pentateuch

As I have done before with my other classes, I will post here the notes from the class I taught at our church, First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs (PCUSA). 

Never have I gotten so much out of the Pentateuch.  Like most people if I try and start reading the Bible I usually bomb out in about Leviticus.  But I enjoyed thoroughly preparing and teaching these five weeks covering the first five weeks of the Bible.

Penteteuch_-_Week_1.doc Week_2_-_Pent.doc

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Major Themes in the Minor Prophets

On the following pages you will find the handouts to another class that I taught, this one in the Fall of 2004, during our Wednesday night education session.

For the longest time after becoming a Christian I avoided the Old Testaement like it itself was one of Moses Ten Plagues. Sure, I went to a few passages - the Psalms, Genesis 1-3, Job - but only to comfort myself. 

All that changed beginning in 1994.  At that point I became increasingly aware of the injustice in the world around us. For me the big event was the genocide in Rwanda (two must see programs, the movie HOTEL RWANDA and the PBS Frontline Special on the Genoide that was aired in 1999 - see the website, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/evil/).  I became aware that my understanding of who God was and what God was doing in the world had not categories to deal with these issues.  It was the beginning of a long process that eventually took me to seminary, then to the Hebrew language and finally to the Book of Amos (which I was fortunate enough to get to translate from the Hebrew as part of my course work - a truly worshipful task). 


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Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Preface to the Bible - Genesis 1-11

On the following page you will find my handouts to the class I taught on the first 11 chapters of Genesis.

The first eleven chapters of the Bible (Genesis 1-11) provide the universal history that provides the context for all human history.  The major concept of human history and of the biblical revelation are laid out in these first eleven chapters:creation, redemption, sin, covenant, and of course hope.  I should let you know that all of the arguements about evolution vs. creation are, in my opinion, arguements that miss the point of the text of Genesis. So, read on and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Week 1 - Creation
Week 2 - Sin
Week 3 - Covenant


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Thursday, November 04, 2004

A Survey of the Old Testament - Week One - Presented at First Pres Colo Spgs. - Spring 04 GTW

Last Spring (04) my wife Tanya and I presented a five week class that was a worldwind, 30,000 foot survey on the Old Testament.  I hope you find this helpful.

Why We Are Studying the Old Testament

What most people are asked what they like about the Old Testament they almost always say the stories.  While the New Testament, especially Paul?s, Peter?s and John?s letters are absolutely necessary for the guidance they provide on how to live in light of what Jesus has done on the cross, the Epistles just don?t captivate the reader the same way that the stories of Noah, Moses, Samson, Elijah, Jonah and the rest of the cast of characters from the Old Testament do.  But, if you ask many people what they don?t like about the Old Testament, in addition to the genealogies , people will often tell you it?s the stories.  There are so many despicable stories in the Old Testament, that we are not quite sure we want our kids reading these ancient stories. 


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