Get Guided OBST 650-Genesis
An examination of Genesis with particular emphasis on the major themes and events: creation, flood, patriarchal narratives, and the Abrahamic Covenant. Attention will be given to significant historical and archaeological details relative to the cultural milieu as well as to crucial theological concepts found in key chapters in the book.
For information regarding the prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools to understand and apply this foundational Old Testament book of beginnings. The ministerial student should be able to properly understand and interpret this Old Testament book for preaching, teaching, and/or counseling.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the general themes and contents of Genesis.
- Describe the major critical issues and interpretive problems in Genesis with due attention to literary genre.
- Discuss the general cultural, geographical, historical, and religious background for Genesis in its ancient Near East context.
- Use the book of Genesis as an aid in understanding Christian theology and devotion in his/her walk with Christ.
Textbook readings and presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Total Discussions (4)
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will be required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 225 words. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)
Critical Analysis Assignments (2)
Students will complete a critical analysis of both Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? and The Bible Among the Myths. Both of these analyses must completely satisfy the two-part prompt provided in the assignment instructions which asks students to provide a summary of each work’s major highlights and critically engage what each work offers in their respective presentations. (MLOs: B, C)
Total Quizzes (4)
The student will complete 4 quizzes throughout the course. Questions are drawn from the presentations and readings throughout the course. Each quiz consists of 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The quizzes are open-book and open-note but must be completed within 1 hour and 30 minutes. (MLOs: A, D)
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