What is the Old Testament, and is it still relevant in today’s world? In this course, students will not only learn about the Old Testament and all of its 39 books; they will also explore how the Old Testament has shaped the social, cultural, ethical, and political landscape of Western society today.
Like its New Testament counterpart, the course consists of five units. The first unit is an overview of the Old Testament within its historical and cultural contexts. The second unit describes the impact the Old Testament has had on Western ideals, such as life, equality, freedom, and morality. The third unit identifies the Old Testament’s influence on Western law and government, including the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, and the Civil Rights Movement. The fourth unit describes the impact that the Old Testament has had on literature and music, including Shakespeare’s Macbeth, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and African American spirituals. Finally, the fifth unit brings students into the world of Michelangelo, Georges de La Tour, Raphael, Rembrandt, and other great artists, highlighting Old Testament themes behind some of their great masterpieces.
In Old Testament Survey, students will learn the powerful influence that God’s Word has had throughout history, and they may even find themselves determined to use the Old Testament to engage and transform their culture.
There are two assessments in this course that require students to obtain movies either through the library or a rental:
- Any current movie set during the end of time. Examples include such movies as 2012, the Left Behind series, Numbers, etc.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
9th-12th Grade recommended
Course Types Available:
Full course (0.5 credits)