Course Syllabus

MIN201: Old Testament Foundations

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Course Description

This course introduces students to the main historical events and characters of the Old Testament, focusing on how the story of the Old Testament reaches its fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Students will apply their learning by writing an in-depth exegesis (Bible interpretation) paper on an Old Testament passage.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the overall chronology of events in the Old Testament.
  2. Explain how the events in the OT prepare the way for the coming of Christ, making use of the ideas of progressive revelation, the covenant and promise-fulfillment.
  3. Apply principles of typology to show how the people, events, laws, and institutions of the OT reveal Christ.
  4. Describe the basic characteristics of OT prophecy, particularly as it focuses on the coming of Christ and the gathering in of the Gentiles into God's Kingdom.
  5. Interpret a specific passage of the Old Testament using well-accepted practices of exegesis.
  6. Reflect on Scriptural passages in a life-transforming way using the ancient method of lectio divina.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*). After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:

  1. Bible. Use sound principles of Biblical interpretation to analyze the structure, themes and content of the Bible and apply that to local contexts.*
  2. Theology. Apply the foundational truths of Christian theology grounded in Scripture to local contexts. *
  3. Calling. Create a synthesis of a reflective life vision and plan to enable 24/7 ministry based on God’s purposes for work and their own unique calling.
  4. Leadership. Develop a personal philosophy and plan for leadership based on principles of leadership and effective ministry management.
  5. Life Balance. Develop plan for him/herself and others to establish life balance in a society saturated with technology and addiction.
  6. Urban Ministry. Understand and develop strategies for Christian community development, urban youth ministry, and urban evangelism and discipleship.
  7. Cross-Cultural Ministry. Develop strategy for effective cross-cultural management and ministry and apply that to their own organizational or ministry context.
  8. Specialization. Develop skills and apply learning and concepts in one area of specialty ministry.

Required Texts

Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes. 

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

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This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: February 24, 2022

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