Full course description

Summary
As an overview of the Old Testament, students will learn about the history and culture of the various time periods of the Old Testament. In addition the theology of the Old Testament and the history of God’s interaction with people will be considered, so that this will not merely be a course of dry facts.
 
Content
Largely equal attention is given to all the books of the Old Testament, though some of the longer books are broken down into more manageable parts. This course is not intended to indoctrinate students with a particular viewpoint on the Old Testament, but is rather meant to stimulate growth in faith, knowledge, and to prepare students to better read and understand the Old Testament.
 
Some small areas in the course may be slightly challenging for some, depending on student's personal faith and background, but none of them should be perceived as being intimidating. Our goal is to give strength and confidence in scripture, and to affirm the authority of scripture while also looking at some of the challenges that come with trying to interpret and understand it.
 
There is only one small writing assignment at the end of the course, otherwise all work is done in smaller pieces of simple questions and short reflection questions.
 
Prerequisites
This is an introductory course, and the second part of the Certificate of Ministry Program’s 6 core courses. It is appropriate for anyone, regardless of academic background.
 
Students are required to take CMP01 - Biblical Interpretation before this course.

Textbooks Used
For this course students will utilize two textbooks. The first is provided, and the second was used in CMP01 - Biblical Interpretation.

    Arnold, Bill T., and Bryan E. Beyer. Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey. Baker Academic, 2015
    Duvall, J. Scott, and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. Zondervan, 2012
 
Time frame
This course is structured to be completed in 12 weeks, though a self-paced student's speed may vary based on individual learning pace and priorities.
 
What is included
The registration fee for this course is $200 plus a $10 technology fee which covers all technology fees, administration costs, course registration fees, and book fees. It is an all inclusive price that includes everything a student needs to pursue a Certificate of Ministry through Truett Seminary at Baylor University.
 
There are no additional fees, taxes, or additional paid resources that will be required.
 
About the Certificate of Ministry Program
The Certificate of Ministry Program (CMP) is meant to be a self-paced, distance learning program. Course work involves reading and using a variety of online and/or video resources, and then there are accessible assignments based on those materials. As a non-accredited program, academic grades and credit are not received, but quality feedback is provided for all assignments to foster effective learning and to offer encouraging motivation. Students are encouraged to participate in the online community for each course, and to pursue developing their own personal community of learning with the input of a mentor or peers.
 
Goals and Benefits
This program is here to shepherd you through a journey of growth in understanding and knowledge and you will have access to the a variety of resources and wisdom through the seminary community. Our goal is to help ministers and lay people of all kinds pursue knowledge, personal faith, and ministry effectiveness. In addition students become a part of the Truett Seminary community and the legacy of Truett and Baylor University.
 
We want our students to be equipped and confident in faith, understanding, and ministry effectiveness.