Free Course: Introduction to the Cultural Background of the Old Testament

Free Course: Introduction to the Cultural Background of the Old Testament

Taught by Andrew E. Hill, John H. Walton

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Learn to read and understand the Old Testament better by studying the cultural background of the Old Testament world.

Course Details

  • 1 Unit

  • Self-paced

  • 1 hour of video

  • Beginner

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

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Course Description

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to read the Bible in light of the history of the Ancient Near East
  • How archaeology contributes to your understanding of the Old Testament
  • How the Old Testament was written and preserved for us through the centuries

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.

Designed to lead you to read and understand the Old Testament itself, this course carefully examines the cultural background of the Old Testament world.

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.


Meet Your Instructors

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

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.

Course Outline

  • Background, History, Archeology, and Formation



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