OT301/501 Old Testament Foundations

This course provides a great opportunity to develop your understanding of God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament. It demonstrates the important theological themes that give the Old Testament unity and anticipate the work of Christ in the New Testament.

The course gives an overview of the historical books of the Old Testament, providing students with an understanding of the life of Israel from creation through to the nation’s exile in Babylon. Individual books of the Old Testament will be studied in the context of God’s unfolding plan of redemption for his people.

The weekly readings will prepare you to grasp the significance of each book within this plan, to understand the major historical and literary issues associated with each book, and to marvel at the love of God for the people he chose for his own. This course will revolutionise the way that you read the Old Testament!

Subject CodeOT301 - Undergraduate
OT501 - Graduate
Study ModesMST Wantirna Campus or Online
Next AvailableSemester 1, 2019

Dr. Andrew Brown


This subject forms the foundation of Old Testament studies. It seeks to give students an historical and theological overview of the Old Testament, concentrating on a literary book study from Genesis to 2 Kings (up to the time of the exile in 586 BC).

The primary concern is to provide an overview of the key features of the content of the books of the Old Testament, whilst not neglecting historical and archaeological concerns where these are relevant.

For the purposes of teaching, the first section on the Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy) will be allocated approximately 60% of class/study time, and the Historical Books/Former Prophets (Joshua to 2 Kings) will be allocated approximately 40% of class/study time.


    Both the On-Campus (Wantirna & City) and Distance modes of this subject will be taught by Dr. Andrew Brown.

    Andrew’s passion for the Old Testament is infectious. He is dedicated to teaching the OT in a way that leads the students on a journey through the course material, bringing the OT Scriptures to life, and applying them to life and ministry.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Required Textbooks

          You need to choose one of the following two texts as your major textbook for the subject. There will be some instances where you will need to have access to the other of the two, either by sharing with another student, or reading in the library.

          Andrew Hill & John Walton, A Survey of the Old Testament (3rd edition, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan 2009).

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