Old Testament Foundations


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One semester, 4 credit points.
Semesters 1, 2 & 3, 2019
John Walton with online tutors


From Adam and Eve to Abraham, Moses, King David and everyone in between, this unit will encourage you with the faithfulness of God throughout history. You will see how in the midst of a fallen world, God created a people for himself, restoring the ideals of creation through a tiny, insignificant nation, and eventually, through the royal line of David. See the depths of Israel’s sin, their horrific acts of idolatry and apostasy. But see also the heights of God’s love, the strength of his saving arm and his faithfulness to his promises. This unit is designed to give you a helpful overview of the first part of the Old Testament up until 2 Kings, with a focus on the Old Testament covenants and key themes that develop from creation to 2 Kings. Along the way, you will have the chance to think further about some of the difficult parts of the Old Testament, such as the topic of creation or Canaanite genocide, that arise in everyday conversation.

John Walton
Professor John Walton is a noted Old Testament Scholar, currently Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Chicago. Professor Walton has filmed a series of videos specially for Ridley College which take you through the first part of the Old Testament.

Professor Walton has written numerous books and commentaries including the ‘go to’ overview of the Old Testament, A Survey of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991; Third Edition, 2009), which is co-authored with Andrew Hill. He currently serves as the general editor for a five volume series, The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, and is General Editor of a 20 vol. Baker Commentary Series, “Teach the Text.”

Recent publications include his ‘Lost World’ trilogy: Lost World of Adam and Eve (IVP:2015), Lost World of Scripture (IVP: 2013) with Brent Sandy, and The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (IVP, 2009).

Students enjoy his warm and engaging style and his enthusiasm to share his love of the Old Testament inspires them to further in-depth study and engagement with this part of scripture.

Meet John Walton (video) >

Study Expectations

In Ridley Online units you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to your unit. These usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Allow 8-10 hours study time per week for this introductory unit.


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