BIB 320 The Pentateuch (3 credits)

Course Description

Emphasizes the historical narrative and the content of the law of God. Special attention is given to the Genesis account of the origin of the cosmos, man, sin, and salvation. The authorship of the Pentateuch is considered.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

• Understand key arguments that have been made both for and against Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch.
• Set forth key data supporting Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch.
• Distinguish the major theological concepts in Biblical cosmology.
• Explicate key issues involved in the fall of man and the subsequent consequences.
• Trace subsequent failures of mankind leading to the call of Abraham and the Abrahamic covenant.
• Develop the significance of the Abrahamic covenant.
• Explain the Exodus and Passover as they relate to salvation history.
• Distinguish between casuistic and apodictic law, and assess the role of apodictic law in ancient Israel and its application to modern societal conditions.
• Compare and contrast the concepts of sacrifice in the Old Testament with the New Testament teachings concerning the death of Christ.
• Trace the development and history of the fledgling nation of Israel from Mt. Sinai to the Transjordan.
• Evaluate key explanations of the relationship between the Old Testament law and the New Testament.
• Show the ability to do research and lesson preparation by completing a major project on some aspect of the Pentateuch.


A good study Bible is required, preferably in a modern translation. The New American Standard Version (NAU) or the New International Version (NIV) are particularly recommended.

Learning Documentation

This course consists of 13 exams and one final comprehensive exam, as well as a major project.

Learning Evaluation

Each exam is worth 40 points, the final exam is worth 100 points, and the major project is worth 100 points, for a total of 720 points possible.

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