Courses Catalogue

The Old Testament I

COURSE CODE: CRE 2102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Primary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

The writing of the Old Testament (5 hours)

 Introduction to the Traditions of Pentateuch: JEDP theory (5 hours)

 The Book of Genesis (5 hours)

  • Chapter I-II A myth or not? – Proof.
  • Creation (Gen 1-2)
  • Fall of Man (Gen 3)
  • The patriarchs and their religion.
  • Abraham
  • -Reasons for being called by God.
  • -Abraham as a man of faith.
  • -Gods covenant with Abraham
  • Hebrew goes to Egypt.
  • The book of Exodus (5 hours)
  • The life of the Israelites in Egypt before being liberated
  • Moses and the liberation of the Israelites
  • The burning bush incident
  • The Decalogue

The Passover (5 hours)

  • Israelites in the wilderness
  • The Simon covenant
  • The book of Leviticus
  • Sacrifices and offerings (Types, purpose, abuse, etc,)
  • Priesthood in Israel.
  • Sacredness of blood
  • Food regulations
  • Purification rituals

The book of Deuteronomy (5 hours)

  • Commandment of love.
  • Act of Herem.
  • Harvest offerings

The book of Numbers (5 hours)

  • Canaanite culture and religion.
  • Conquest and settlement in Canaan
  • Problems encountered.
  • How Hebrews abandoned Yahweh
  • Why Hebrews abandoned Yahweh
  • Effects 

Period of Judges (5 hours)

  • Their roles
  • Weaknesses

Kingship in Israel (5 hours)

  • Causes of the demand for kingship
  • King Saul
  • King  David
  • King Solomon

TEACHING-LEARNING METHODS

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • In class discussions
  • Guided discovery

TEACHING-LEARNING MATERIALS

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes