This course is offered in response to requests to provide an orientation to the Old Testament Scriptures for those with limited exposure to and knowledge of its content. Orientation to the whole Old Testament in the space of seven weeks is possible only by seeing it from many different perspectives—sometimes looking at the whole as scripture and canon, especially at the beginning and the end of the course, and sometimes by looking carefully at some of its distinctive characteristics (literary, historical, and theological). Through understanding its organization and its basic messages, students will be able to navigate through the whole Old Testament, studying particular texts more easily. This course is intended to orient, interest, and motivate students to further study, making the Old Testament a constant and valuable part of their ministry.
Instructor: Dr. Donn Morgan
Donn Morgan is Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Always a student and teacher of the Bible, he also held administrative positions at CDSP (academic dean, president). He has been deeply involved in theological education in The Episcopal Church and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as teaching in Asia and England. His most recent books are Fighting with the Bible and Manifesto for Learning.