Old Testament Survey

Topics: God, Torah, Abraham Pages: 18 (6952 words) Published: November 16, 2011
1) Primeval History
a) The Creation and The Gap Theory
b) From the fall of Men to the Tower of Babel
a) God’s Creation marred by Sin (Genesis 3:1-15).
b) Noah and the Flood( Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-4, 9:8-15)
c) The Tower of Babel( Genesis11:1-9)
2) Patriarchal History
a) God’s Call and Abraham’s obedience(Genesis 11:31-12:9 b) God’s Covenant with Abraham(Genesis15:1-18)
c) Birth of Isaac(Beloved Son of Promise) (Genesis24-26)
d) Abraham is Tested to sacrifice Isaac
e) Jacob’s Birth, Deception and Departure(Genesis 25:19-34) f) Joseph Goes from Son to Slave to Sovereign(Genesis 37:3-4) 3) Mosaic History
a) Prelude to Exodus and the Enslavement of Israel ( Exodus 1:8-14, 2:1-10) b) Birth of Moses and his first appearance before Pharaoh c) From Passover to Mount Horeb in The Wilderness of Sinai( Exodus 12:21-32, 14:21-31, 16:1-7 and 19:1-6) d) Covenant and Law at Sinai

e) The tabernacle
f) Journey from Sinai to the Promised Land
g) Limitations of the assignment

Beginnings are important. Throughout the course of history people have wanted to know their origins. History then matters, not simply because it describes what happened in the past, but also helps people to understand the present and the future. Understanding the world can often be illuminated by knowledge of past events and relationships, in as much as also an understanding of what caused various things to happen in the past can enable people to imagine what the future might hold and how things might be. This ultimately will cause people to gain a strong sense of present and future identity. The first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) have commonly come to be referred to as the Pentateuch, a word derived from the Greek penta, meaning, "five," and teuchos, originally meaning “a case for carrying papyrus rolls” but in later usage, meaning the "scroll" itself. Judaism refers to this compilation as Torah (connoting instruction or teaching) often rendered and interpreted in English “law” (Law of Moses) as it is in the New Testament, Matthew 5:17; Luke 16:17and Acts 7:53. The Pentateuch has two parts, Genesis 1 - 11, the primeval history and the second part is Genesis 12 - Deuteronomy 34, the patriarchal history. Some textbooks and materials divide the Pentateuch into three preferring the exodus to fall under the Mosaic history. It is this latter ideology which will be adopted and preferred in this assignment. The theological building blocks of the Pentateuch are promise, election, deliverance, covenant, law, and land.  The concept of promise is threefold in its structure; the promise of Land, the promise of Nationhood, and the promise of Blessing in the form of a relationship with God.  Positive Evidence for Authorship and Origin

Although the Pentateuch is a complex piece of work long standing tradition holds that Moses is the writer. Some authors have endeavoured to peddle the notion that the Pentateuch is an anonymous piece of work and that it nowhere gives any indication of authorship. The same also holds that neither Moses nor anyone else is mentioned as the author and that such anonymity is in keeping with Old Testament practice and with ancient literary works in general. Contrary to the anonymity theory there is evidence from scripture that does give indications of literary activity by its principal figure Moses. (Exodus 17:14; Leviticus 1:1-2; Numbers 33:3; Deuteronomy 1:1) and some New Testament references Acts 26:22; Romans 10:19; 1 Corinthians 9:9 and 2 Corinthians 3:15. It is also noteworthy that since Moses was trained in the learning of the Egyptians (he grew up in the courts of Pharaoh as the adopted son of the Egyptian princess) he was...
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