Old Testament Theology: The Law
The overall objective of this course is to lay the foundation for a lifetime of work in the Pentateuch, introducing the student to all of the essential processes and resources necessary to frame in a biblical theology of the Pentateuch, and to a process of moving from biblical theology to theology in culture. Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would:
Develop an overall understanding of the Pentateuch—including the development of a canonical intent statement that integrates Moses’ intention and literary design for the Pentateuch and the role the Pentateuch plays in relation to the other sections of the Old Testament canon.
Develop skill in handling the special literature of the Pentateuch—majoring on the unique combination of narrative and legal literature, as well as paying attention to the over-arching role that the covenant forms-of-the-day played in shaping major sections of the Pentateuch.
Develop an author’s intention statement for each book that pays careful attention to the literary design; develop a theology of each book that develops the author’s emphasis of crafting his theological ideas.
Develop a theology of the Pentateuch as a whole that, again, respects the literary design of the Pentateuch and identifies the careful crafting of the author’s theological ideas, identifying both themes and rhemes.
- Develop a framework for beginning to use the Pentateuch in both life and ministry—including framing in a couple of future series ideas for preaching from the Pentateuch.