The Storied World of the Bible
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The Storied World of the Bible

Understand how the expansive literature found in the Bible fits together into a Grand Narrative of God's actions.
4.5 (360 ratings)
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1,582 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2020
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 26 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will be able to describe how to understand the grand themes found in the Bible.
  • Students will appreciate the ways in which the biblical writers contribute to a deeper understanding of God.
  • Students will be able to explain how the first creation narratives found in Genesis fit with the New Creation as initiated by Jesus Christ.
  • Students will be able to describe how the Old Testament fits with the New Testament.
Requirements
  • Be able to discern connecting themes that are found in the Bible.
  • Obtain a copy of the Bible in a modern translation to help understanding. Some may wish to have the Kingdom New Testament, by Prof. N.T. Wright.
  • Be willing to read various literary styles that are found in the Bible such as narrative, poetry, prophecy, etc.
Description

The Bible can often be a mystery to those who read it. There are various narratives which combine to make a great story. We have a great story, which is God’s story, which is then the story of creation, with humans in the middle of it.  We have Israel’s story, called to be the promise bearing humans. The story then becomes focused on David and his family as the ones who are specially charged of ruling God’s people and bringing God’s justice to the world. And with this vocation there comes the parallel temptation to abuse the vocation. 

Often, people wonder how the various stories, poems, prophetic texts, Gospels, and letters all fit together. And, indeed, they do fit together in ways needing to be understood by readers of the Bible. This course will unpack some of the questions surrounding the meaning of the Bible to bring a coherent sense of what is being communicated by the biblical writers. The Bible then, truly, becomes a Grand Story of God's faithfulness.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in learning about the Bible.
  • Anyone wondering how the various themes found in the Bible fit together.
  • Anyone with questions about how Israel as a nation played a critical role in biblical history.
  • Anyone curious about how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God's promises to the world.
  • Anyone wondering about how the Bible helps individuals in our day to live abundant lives.
Course content
Expand all 64 lectures 06:01:36
+ The Story of Creation and the Fall: In the Beginning
9 lectures 42:23
Q&A with Prof. Wright on Genesis 1 & 2
02:58
Comprehension Assessment: Session One
11 questions
Genesis 2:15-25 NRSV
01:20
Reading of Genesis 2:15-25
01:41
Session Two: Humanity's Place in God's Creation
16:41
Comprehension Assessment: Session Two
12 questions
Practice Exercises #1: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:28
+ The Story of a Family: Creation Project Back on Track
10 lectures 54:16
Genesis 12:1-9 NRSV
01:12
Reading of Genesis 12:1-9
01:39
Session Three: God's Promise to Abraham and His Family
15:31
Comprehension Assessment: Session Three
14 questions
Exodus 14:21-31 NRSV
01:22
Reading of Exodus 14:21-31
01:59
Session Four: The Story of Passover and God's Rescue of His People
16:04
Comprehension Assessment: Session Four
11 questions
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 NRSV
00:38
Reading of Deuteronomy 26:16-19
00:57
Session Five: The Covenant and Expansion of the Original Command
13:47
Comprehension Assessment: Session Five
14 questions
Practice Exercises #2: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:06
+ The Story of God: Divine Image and Presence
7 lectures 31:40
Colossians 1:12-20 KNT
01:04
Reading of Colossians 1:12-20
01:25
Session Six: Restoration of the Original Human Vocation
12:32
Comprehension Assessment: Session Six
10 questions
John 1:1-18 KNT
01:34
Reading of John 1:1-18
02:10
Session Seven: Revelation of the Divine Glory and the New Temple
11:57
Comprehension Assessment: Session Seven
10 questions
Practice Exercises #3: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
00:58
+ The Story of a Kingdom: Rise and Fall of the Monarchy
10 lectures 01:07:05
2 Samuel 7:1-17 NRSV
02:08
Reading of 2 Samuel 7:1-17
01:33
Session Eight: God's Promise to David and His Family
16:37
Comprehension Assessment: Session Eight
11 questions
Psalm 72 NRSV
01:38
Reading of Psalm 72
02:12
Session Nine: Solomon Builds the Temple and a Vision of the Coming King
18:33
Comprehension Assessment: Session Nine
10 questions
Psalm 89:1-18 NRSV
01:25
Reading of Psalm 89: 1-18
01:58
Session Ten: The Road to Exile and the Faithfulness of God
19:51
Comprehension Assessment: Session Ten
12 questions
Practice Exercises #4: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:09
+ The Story of Rescue: Hope for the Future
10 lectures 01:04:37
Isaiah 40:1-11 NRSV
01:16
Reading of Isaiah 40:1-11
01:45
Session Eleven: Comfort in Exile and Promise of Return
15:05
Comprehension Assessment: Session Eleven
14 questions
Isaiah 52:7-53 NRSV
02:48
Reading of Isaiah 52:7-53
03:49
Session Twelve: A New Exodus through the Suffering Servant
17:48
Comprehension Assessment: Session Twelve
17 questions
Ezekiel 37:1-14 NRSV
01:48
Reading of Ezekiel 37:1-14
02:22
Session Thirteen: The Divine Presence Leaves the Temple
16:58
Comprehension Assessment: Session Thirteen
14 questions
Practice Exercises #5: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
00:57
+ The Meaning of the Story: New Creation
10 lectures 55:44
Daniel 9: 20-24 NRSV
00:48
Reading of Daniel 9: 20-24
01:12
Session Fourteen: Bearers of the Promise and Carriers of the Problem
15:57
Comprehension Assessment: Session Fourteen
16 questions
Matthew 5:1-12 KNT
00:53
Reading of Matthew 5:1-12
01:14
Session Fifteen: A Reformed and Renewed Israel in Jesus Christ
14:09
Comprehension Assessment: Session Fifteen
14 questions
Luke 1:67-80 KNT
01:04
Reading of Luke 1:67-80
01:18
Session Sixteen: The Culmination of the Great Story in Jesus Christ
18:01
Comprehension Assessment: Session Sixteen
17 questions
Practice Exercises #6: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:06
+ Taking the Story Forward: New Eden
8 lectures 45:49
Ephesians 3:1-13 KNT
01:33
Reading of Ephesians 3:1-13
02:05
Session Seventeen: The Church as the New Temple
17:21
Comprehension Assessment: Session Seventeen
19 questions
Revelation 21:22 - 22:5 KNT
01:22
Reading of Revelation 21:22 - 22:5
01:43
Session Eighteen: A Vision of the New Eden
20:12
Comprehension Assessment: Session Eighteen
16 questions
Practice Exercises #7: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:00
Bonus Lecture
00:31