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Preaching from the Old Testament

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students to preach from the Old Testament. Special attention will be given to genres and theological themes that arise from the Old Testament text.



HOMI 605


HOMI 670 provides the advanced Homiletics student with the abilities necessary to craft narrative and expository sermons from Old Testament texts. This course will explore the hermeneutical challenges of developing sermons from different Old Testament genres. The student will gain experience in writing sermons that incorporate both sound exegesis and rhetorical development.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Summarize the theological and hermeneutical foundations for Old Testament preaching.
    2. Demonstrate the influence of a Christocentric theological perspective upon the preaching of Old Testament texts.
    3. Prepare a genre-specific outline noting the structural relationships of various ideas in the text.
    4. Design a sermon manuscript that properly connects the main idea of the text with appropriate rhetorical elements.

Program Learning Outcomes for HOMI 670

HOMI 670 supports the academic programs of the Rawlings School of Divinity as a Homiletics elective.

The program learning outcomes for these programs are listed with the program in the 2019/20 Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog. This course is related to at least one of the program learning outcomes listed for each of these programs and contributes to your success in acquiring the knowledge and skills that are described. Here is the link to the catalog page where this information can be found:

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Liberty University. Word Search HOMI Cognate Access Key. Nashville: Lifeway Church Resources, 2014.

Akin, Daniel L., Curtis, Bill, and Stephen Rummage. Engaging Exposition. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2011. ISBN: 9781943965434.

Bartholomew, Craig G., and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. ISBN: 9780801049569.

Miller, Calvin. Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010. ISBN: 9780801072437.

Redmond, Eric C., Bill Curtis, Ken Fentress. Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2016. ISBN: 9780805496536.

Walton, Benjamin H. Preaching Old Testament Narratives. Kregel: Grand Rapids, MI, 2016. ISBN: 9780825442582.

Wright, Christopher J. H. How to Preach the Old Testament for all its Worth. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI. 2016. ISBN: 9780310524649.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to one other classmate’s threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Sermon Manuscripts (3)

Each student will write a 12-page sermon manuscript based on the passages assigned in the course. The student will submit a title page, the required exegetical work assignments, and the 12-page manuscript. The manuscript will utilize the appropriate formatting to demonstrate the various elements of the sermon. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (5 at 80 pts ea)


Sermon Manuscripts (3 at 200 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, 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 board 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 board 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 board 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

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

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


HOMI 670

Textbooks: Akin et al., Engaging Exposition (2011).

Bartholomew & Goheen, The Drama of Scripture (2014).

Miller, Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition (2006).

Redmond et al., Christ-Centered Exposition (2016).

Walton, Preaching Old Testament Narratives (2016).

Wright, How to Preach the Old Testament for All Its Worth (2016).


Reading & Study




Bartholomew & Goheen: Act 1–Interlude

Wright: chs. 1–8

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Akin et al.: chs. 5, 7–8

Miller: chs. 3–5

Walton: ch. 2

1 presentation

DB Forum 2



Miller: chs. 6–7

1 presentation

Sermon Manuscript 1



Akin et al.: chs. 6–7

Wright: chs. 13–14

1 presentation

DB Forum 3



Wright: ch. 15

Miller: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Sermon Manuscript 2



Akin et al.: chs. 1–3

Wright: chs. 10–12

1 presentation

DB Forum 4



Akin et al.: chs. 4–7

1 presentation

Sermon Manuscript 3



Miller: chs. 8–9

1 presentation

DB Forum 5




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.