Old Testament Survey

Old Testament Survey

Taught by John H. Walton, Andrew E. Hill

Part indispensable overview and part careful examination, Old Testament Survey introduces students to the culture, context, and content of each book in the Old Testament.

Course Details

  • 16 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 10 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • A Survey of the Old Testament by Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton

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Course Description

Studying the Old Testament can unlock a richer understanding of God and his redemptive work in the world. However, the Word of God in the Old Testament was transmitted through a very different language and culture than our own, making it difficult for us to rightly understand and interpret the text.

Old Testament Survey provides a clear guide for undergraduate students and self-paced learners interested in exploring the literary, historical, and theological issues behind the Old Testament and its various books. Designed to lead you to read and understand the Old Testament itself, this course carefully examines the purpose, message, structure, and major themes of each book in the Old Testament.

Taught by Old Testament scholars and co-authors Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton, Old Testament Survey is ideal for students looking to expand or refresh their knowledge of the Old Testament. This course is supported by the popular textbook A Survey of the Old Testament, 3th Edition.

All course material—video lectures; readings enhanced by maps, photos, timelines, and charts; key concept reviews, and quizzes—is available online for study at your own convenience.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • a richer understanding of God and his redemptive work throughout history
  • foundational knowledge about the literary, historical, and theological issues behind the Old Testament and its various books
  • a grasp on issues of interpretation, geography, archaeology, and the formation of the Old Testament canon
  • insight into the background, purpose, message, structure, and major themes of each Old Testament book—from Genesis through the minor prophets
  • insight into the Old Testament’s relationship to the New Testament
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions, unit assessments, and award-winning memory building tools

Meet Your Instructors

John H. Walton

Ph.D., Hebrew Union College

John H. Walton teaches Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.

Andrew E. Hill

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Andrew E. Hill is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the coauthor with John Walton of A Survey of the Old Testament and the author of Malachi in the Anchor Bible commentary series. His articles have appeared in such scholarly publications as Hebrew Annual Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • Background, History, Archeology, and Formation

  • Genesis

  • Exodus and Leviticus

  • Numbers and Deuteronomy

  • Joshua, Judges, and Ruth

  • Samuel and Kings

  • Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

  • Poetic and Wisdom Literature and Job

  • Psalms and Proverbs


  • Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

  • Isaiah and Jeremiah

  • Ezekiel and Daniel

  • Minor Prophets, Part 1

  • Minor Prophets, Part 2

  • Conclusion and FINAL EXAM



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Earn a Certificate of Achievement

This course is part of the Biblical Studies Program. Programs are groups of courses that, when taken together, provide you with an in-depth knowledge about an area of study. When you pass the entire program, you’ll receive a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Learn more about this 5-course series.

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