Because they recount much of the history of God’s people—from Israel’s conquest and settlement of Canaan, to their expulsion and exile from the Promised Land, to their return and resettlement in the land, to the events leading up to the birth of Christ—the books of Joshua through Maccabees are appropriately labeled the “Historical Books” of the Old Testament.
But this is no ordinary history, and it certainly is not dry, dusty, or boring. This is history of a special kind; it is God’s version (his story) of the unfolding drama centered in Christ, including key persons, important places, and dramatic events. This is Jesus’ story, who fulfills its vision of prophet, priest, king, deliverer, revelatory word, and tabernacling presence of God. And because it is his story, it is our story, too. As we learn to participate in that story, we will discover what it means to be shaped increasingly by its great lessons on faith and faithfulness, surrender and obedience, exile and mission, surrender and hope, worship and prayer, and the centrality of God’s Holy Word.
Since “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), students can expect this course not only to inform their understanding of biblical history, but also to form and to transform their lives as women and men of God.
This course is available to take in-person or online at your own pace. In-person class sizes are limited, so register early. Online classes will be available the day following each in-person class. In-person enrollments include free access to the online course.
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