OT102 Introducing the Old Testament: Its Poetry and Prophecy

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This course provides a practical foundation for reading the poetry and prophecy of the Old Testament. Dr. Baker begins by discussing poetic writing in general, then the elements specific to both Hebrew and English poetry. Applying these elements to the text, he examines the content, structure, and themes of the Psalms, Proverbs, Lamentations, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs. Dr. Baker then turns to the prophetic books, providing historical background, theological motifs, and the structure and content of specific books. He shows that these ancient messages remain relevant in modern life.

Elements of Poetry

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

2m
Poetry or Prose?

Poetry or Prose?

3m
Creation in Poetry and Prose

Creation in Poetry and Prose

4m
Elements of English Poetry

Elements of English Poetry

4m
Elements of Hebrew Poetry

Elements of Hebrew Poetry

7m
Finding Explanations for Hebrew Poetic Elements

Finding Explanations for Hebrew Poetic Elements

3m
Parallelism in Hebrew Poetry

Parallelism in Hebrew Poetry

11m

The Book of Psalms

Comparing Hebrew Parallelism in Bible Translations

Comparing Hebrew Parallelism in Bible Translations

3m
A Different Kind of Book

A Different Kind of Book

3m
The Title and Structure of Psalms

The Title and Structure of Psalms

2m
Headings in Psalms

Headings in Psalms

4m
Types of Psalms

Types of Psalms

2m
Worship in the Psalms

Worship in the Psalms

4m
Lament and Repentance in the Psalms

Lament and Repentance in the Psalms

4m
Searching for Subgenre Elements within Psalms

Searching for Subgenre Elements within Psalms

5m
Lamentations: An Extended Psalm

Lamentations: An Extended Psalm

5m
Thanksgiving in the Psalms

Thanksgiving in the Psalms

3m

The Books of Wisdom

Wisdom in the Psalms

Wisdom in the Psalms

2m
Personal and Practical

Personal and Practical

2m
An Overview of Proverbs

An Overview of Proverbs

2m
Wisdom Words

Wisdom Words

4m
Studying the Word “Shrewd” Using the Bible Word Study Guide

Studying the Word “Shrewd” Using the Bible Word Study Guide

4m
The Beginning of Wisdom

The Beginning of Wisdom

2m
The Content and Structure of Proverbs

The Content and Structure of Proverbs

3m
An Overview of Job

An Overview of Job

3m
The Value of Job

The Value of Job

3m
An Overview of Ecclesiastes

An Overview of Ecclesiastes

3m
The Content and Structure of Ecclesiastes, Part 1

The Content and Structure of Ecclesiastes, Part 1

2m
The Content and Structure of Ecclesiastes, Part 2

The Content and Structure of Ecclesiastes, Part 2

2m
An Overview of Song of Songs

An Overview of Song of Songs

3m
Examining Internal Clues for Song of Songs Authorship

Examining Internal Clues for Song of Songs Authorship

4m
The Content and Structure of Song of Songs

The Content and Structure of Song of Songs

4m

Prophecy

The Importance of Song of Songs

The Importance of Song of Songs

2m
The Role of Prophecy

The Role of Prophecy

5m
The Prophet

The Prophet

3m
The Prophetic Model

The Prophetic Model

2m
Titles for Prophets

Titles for Prophets

2m
Examining the Different Terms Used for Prophets

Examining the Different Terms Used for Prophets

3m
The Prophet as a Preacher

The Prophet as a Preacher

3m
Five Steps of Classical Rhetoric: Step 1

Five Steps of Classical Rhetoric: Step 1

4m

The History of Old Testament Prophecy

Five Steps of Classical Rhetoric: Steps 2–5

Five Steps of Classical Rhetoric: Steps 2–5

4m
Writing and Pre-literary Prophets

Writing and Pre-literary Prophets

2m
Pre-literary Prophets in Exodus and Numbers

Pre-literary Prophets in Exodus and Numbers

6m
Balaam and a Message from God

Balaam and a Message from God

2m
Henotheism

Henotheism

4m
Divination

Divination

3m
Samuel: A Transitional Prophet

Samuel: A Transitional Prophet

4m
Using a Bible Facts Report to Study Samuel

Using a Bible Facts Report to Study Samuel

6m
David and the Prophets

David and the Prophets

3m
Elijah

Elijah

2m

The Books of the Prophets: Jonah and Amos

Baal and the Prophets

Baal and the Prophets

4m
The Order of the Books

The Order of the Books

3m
Jonah

Jonah

4m
Amos: Date and Background

Amos: Date and Background

3m
Amos: Oracles

Amos: Oracles

4m
Amos: Rhetoric and Genres

Amos: Rhetoric and Genres

3m
Learning Genre Information from the Passage Guide

Learning Genre Information from the Passage Guide

4m

The Books of the Prophets: Hosea and Isaiah

Amos: Covenant Lawsuit

Amos: Covenant Lawsuit

3m
Hosea: Date and Background

Hosea: Date and Background

2m
Finding Date and Location Tables on the Prophets

Finding Date and Location Tables on the Prophets

4m
Hosea: Symbolic Actions, Part 1

Hosea: Symbolic Actions, Part 1

4m
Hosea: Symbolic Actions, Part 2

Hosea: Symbolic Actions, Part 2

6m
Isaiah: The Importance of the Book

Isaiah: The Importance of the Book

2m
Examining New Testament Allusions to Isaiah

Examining New Testament Allusions to Isaiah

4m
Isaiah: The Person

Isaiah: The Person

3m
Isaiah: The Structure of the Book

Isaiah: The Structure of the Book

4m
Isaiah: His Call

Isaiah: His Call

2m
Isaiah: Historical Background

Isaiah: Historical Background

3m
Isaiah: Ahaz and Assyria

Isaiah: Ahaz and Assyria

4m
Isaiah: Words and Meaning in Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah: Words and Meaning in Isaiah 7:14

5m

The Books of the Prophets: Micah and Jeremiah

Isaiah: The Message of the Book

Isaiah: The Message of the Book

4m
Micah: Date and Background

Micah: Date and Background

2m
Viewing the Prophets’ Activity on the Timeline

Viewing the Prophets’ Activity on the Timeline

5m
Micah: The Structure of the Book

Micah: The Structure of the Book

3m
Micah: Theological Motifs of the Book

Micah: Theological Motifs of the Book

3m
Jeremiah: Date and Background

Jeremiah: Date and Background

2m
Jeremiah: His Call

Jeremiah: His Call

2m
Jeremiah: His Character

Jeremiah: His Character

2m
Jeremiah: The Prophet and the King

Jeremiah: The Prophet and the King

5m

The Books of the Prophets: Joel, Obadiah, Nahum, and Habakkuk

Jeremiah: Theological Themes in the Book

Jeremiah: Theological Themes in the Book

6m
Joel: Background and Message of the Book

Joel: Background and Message of the Book

4m
Joel: The Day of the Lord

Joel: The Day of the Lord

5m
Joel: Creation and the Spirit

Joel: Creation and the Spirit

4m
Joel: The Relevance of the Book

Joel: The Relevance of the Book

1m
Obadiah: Historical Background

Obadiah: Historical Background

3m
Finding the Meaning of Hebrew Names

Finding the Meaning of Hebrew Names

3m
Obadiah: The Structure of the Book

Obadiah: The Structure of the Book

2m
Nahum

Nahum

4m

The Books of the Prophets: Zephaniah, Ezekiel, and Daniel

Habakkuk

Habakkuk

5m
Zephaniah: Background of the Book

Zephaniah: Background of the Book

2m
Zephaniah: The Message of the Book

Zephaniah: The Message of the Book

3m
Ezekiel: Date and Background

Ezekiel: Date and Background

3m
Ezekiel: Interpreting the Book

Ezekiel: Interpreting the Book

4m
Ezekiel: His Call and God’s Glory

Ezekiel: His Call and God’s Glory

5m
Ezekiel: The Theology of the Book

Ezekiel: The Theology of the Book

2m
Daniel: Date and Author

Daniel: Date and Author

2m
Daniel: Apocalyptic Literature, Part 1

Daniel: Apocalyptic Literature, Part 1

1m
Daniel: Apocalyptic Literature, Part 2

Daniel: Apocalyptic Literature, Part 2

3m

The Books of the Prophets: Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

Daniel: The Message of the Book

Daniel: The Message of the Book

1m
Haggai

Haggai

6m
Zechariah

Zechariah

4m
Malachi: Background and Message

Malachi: Background and Message

3m

Conclusion

Malachi: Structure and Themes

Malachi: Structure and Themes

3m
The Prophetic Message

The Prophetic Message

2m
What the Prophets Condemned

What the Prophets Condemned

3m
Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

2m