Biblical Interpretation 1: Old Testament
Biblical Interpretation 1: Old Testament (4 credits)
Instructor: Ray Vander Laan
Overview: This course explores Scripture in its original historical, cultural, and geographical context. The focus is mainly on Old Testament people, places, and events while showing links to the New Testament and exploring the relevance for contemporary cultures and people.
- Know the history, culture, and geography that form the original setting of many New Testament Scriptures.
- Appreciate how archaeology and cultural studies can enhance biblical understanding.
- Know more about New Testament people, places, and events.
- Grow in the ability to use the original background to understand New Testament texts and apply them to contemporary life.
- Understand key theological themes revealed in the New Testament.
Required Reading: All required reading is provided here online, so no book purchase is necessary. Most articles in this course are from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE). Various authors from ISBE are featured. These articles have been edited by Rev. Henry and Pam Reyenga of Christian Leaders Institute and reviewed by CLI staff.
- Watch the videos for each unit.
- Read articles for each unit. These articles are mostly from the archives of the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. General Editor James Orr, 1915.
- Use the discussion forum to ask questions and exchange ideas with others.
- Take the online quiz for each unit. You will have 75 minutes to answer 20 multiple-choice questions for each quiz. Once a quiz has started, you must finish it, and you can't retake it. So be ready ahead of time. Each quiz covers readings and video lectures for that unit. While taking the quiz, you may use your notes and refer to articles and other materials. Tip: First answer all the questions you know. Then try to look up answers to questions you don't know. When you have entered an answer for every question, submit the quiz for grading before the 75-minute limit.
*The course has a total of 240 points: 20 points for each of the twelve quizzes.
A 95-100% A- 90-94% B+ 87-89% B 83-86% B- 80-82% C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59%
Your average for the course must be at least 60%. Otherwise, you will fail the course and will receive no credit.
Deadline: You have 180 days to finish the course. Complete all assignments before the final deadline, or you will be automatically unenrolled, and all coursework will be removed. You will have to start over and take the course again to receive credit.
Course Forum: Each course forum is at the beginning of the course, right before the first-course content section, and has comments and questions from other students in the course. The forum is a great way to post a question or comment for other students who are currently enrolled in the course to see. Additionally, you can search the forum to see if anyone in the past has addressed or discussed the issue, question, or comment you were wanting to post about.
Accessibility: This course has transcripts available for all videos.
Day 1 - 10
Themes in Genesis and The Placement of the Bible Land
Day 11 - 20
God is Revealed
Day 21 - 30
God in Action: The Exodus
Day 31 - 40
The Law is Given
Day 41 - 50
God's Deliverance - A New Nation is Formed
Day 51 - 60
The Enemies of God and False Worship
Day 61 - 70
The Prophets and Rabbis
Day 71 - 80
Day 81 - 90
Day 91 - 100
Day 101 - 110
Walking with God Part 2
Day 111 - 120
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Old Testament Understanding of Eschatology
Day 121 - 150
Read the inspiring testimony of this fellow Christian Leaders Institute Student:
CLI student Luke Goddard
"I was born into a Christian home, soaked in the Word of God and prayer, regularly going to kids church and youth ministries...
I grew up wanting to be an author, and having left school when I finished year 12 doing library studies I was a wandering, searching man with no direction. I had limited friends, and a simple desire to be what God wanted me to be. But I didn't know how. I played guitar and sang for various worship bands, did 2 years of pentecostal Bible college, but was too immature to apply what I'd learned in a ministry context...
I got married to a wonderful girl named Peta Hurst through our Bible college, who also studied with me during my second year, and we now have five children under the age of 6! We both have unfinished Diplomae in Christian Ministry.
We married young, and have since learned most of our spiritual formation through learning good hermeneutics and Bible studies from more conservative, evangelical sources. This has bolstered our faith and given us a desire to serve nursing homes across our state with music, worship and preaching through our family. My wife and I both play piano, guitar and sing as well as write our own songs, and regularly record them for the web. My wife is a stay at home mum who is passionate about helping other mum's be encouraged through food, friendship, Bible study and witness. She is very talented at cooking, writing, Bible study and encouraging other young women to embrace being a Mum also.
I have always wanted to finish my theological studies in a different environment, one with an emphasis on the sufficiency of scripture, the centrality of Jesus in the Old Testament, and a passion for Christ-centred, Biblical preaching verse by verse (expositional). I found Christian Leadership Institute about a year ago, and it has been on my mind since then to go ahead and enrol with them. The process couldn't have been easier! I have found even the introductions and worship & teaching refreshing, engaging, enlightening and the staff are professionals with heart... My desire is to teach Bible interpretation, apologetics and do discernment podcasting with humour, music, skits and funny bits to make it engaging and fun."
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Day 151 - 180
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