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Old Testament Survey

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/15/2022

Course Description

An introduction to the authorship and contents of the Old Testament books. Special attention will be given to important persons, places and events, as well as to key chapters in the Old Testament revelation.


For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A student of God’s Word must consider the value of the Old Testament for his or her life. Not only is the Old Testament the history of the Jewish people, but it also holds God’s earliest teachings of sin, repentance, and justification. This course identifies the points of importance for a more complete, historical, and contextual understanding of God’s revelation to man.

Course Learning Outcomes

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify major purposes of the Old Testament.
  2. Summarize the major themes, background, genres, and content of Old Testament literature.
  3. Apply basic hermeneutical principles to the study of biblical literature.
  4. Explain the application of the Old Testament to the Christian life.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

  1. Christianity and Contexts 1: Relate the problem of sin in creation and the redemptive work of Christ, as described in the overarching narrative of Scripture, to various aspects of life and professional disciplines.
  2. Christianity and Contexts 2: Analyze and interpret the biblical text using exegetical methods, employing technology when relevant.
  3. Christianity and Contexts 3: Apply the biblical text and its principles to life in a manner that bridges various contexts and considers the implications for personal growth.
  4. Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose
  5. Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.
  6. Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. The Holy Bible (any translation of the student’s choice)
  2. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  3. Canvas recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Reading and Study

The student will complete the assigned reading from the Bible and course textbooks and will view the videos for each module. (CLO's: 1–4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2, and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1 and 3; Critical Thinking 1.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. The student must support assertions with references from the specified course textbook. (CLOs: 1–4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3, Communication and Information Literacy 1.

Old Testament Bible Study Assignment

The student will complete a Bible study assignment where they will demonstrate correct use of the hermeneutical method in order to properly study and understand a passage from the Old Testament. The student will seek to discover what can be learned from the selected passage when he or she is studying using the technique of observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. Additionally, the student will connect the Bible passage to the redemptive narrative of Scripture. Rather than using the typical research paper format, this Bible study assignment will be completed by using a template that addresses each component of the hermeneutical method. (CLOs: 3 & 4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1; Critical Thinking 1.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20–25 multiple-choice, true/false, or short-answer questions. Students will have 1 hour to complete each quiz. (CLOs: 1–4)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLO's: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2 and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Critical Thinking 1.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussions (4 at 100 pts. ea.)


Old Testament Bible Study Assignment


Quizzes (8 at 50 pts. ea.)




Course Policies

Style Guidelines

The student will format all written assignments, including discussion boards, according to the guide corresponding with his or her degree program (APA, MLA, or Turabian). Writing aids are available at the Online Writing Center. All written assignments in the course, with the exception of Discussion Board posts, must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. 


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Module 1: Week 1

Read: 15 items

Watch: 2 items


Discussion: Relating to Abraham, Jacob, or Joseph

Quiz: Introduction to the Old Testament, Genesis

Module 2: Week 2

Read: 13 items

Watch: 2 items


Quiz: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Module 3: Week 3

Read: 16 items

Watch: 1 item


Discussion: Relating to Moses, Joshua, or Gideon

Quiz: Joshua, Judges, Ruth

Module 4: Week 4

Read: 19 items

Watch: 2 items


Quiz: 1 and 2 Samuel; 1 and 2 Kings

Module 5: Week 5

Read: 15 items

Watch: 1 item


Discussion: Relating to Jephthah, Samson, or Ruth/Boaz

Quiz: 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

Module 6: Week 6

Read: 15 items

Watch: 1 item

Interact: 1 item


Old Testament Bible Study Assignment

Quiz: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Module 7: Week 7

Read: 18 items

Watch: 1 item


Discussion: Relating to David, Jonathan, Daniel, or Nehemiah

Quiz: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel

Module 8: Week 8

Read: 13 items

Watch: 2 items


Quiz: Minor Prophets