Walking the Land of the Old Testament
What you'll learn
- Understand the geography of the land of the Old Testament.
- Discover how the geography of the Holy Land affected ancient peoples.
- Understand the people of Israel through an understanding of the Land.
- Learn about the ancient near east.
- No previous experience needed.
Walking the Land of the Old Testament can be used as an introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, but it will take you far beyond the simple narrative that is often taught in churches and seminaries today. Instead, it focuses on tools that allow you to penetrate a depth of meaning and offers numerous examples of how to do that.
The course begins with an in-depth knowledge of the land and uses images and a Bible atlas for that purpose. Then you will learn and practice the basic skill of a word study with an online concordance using Hebrew words, not English translations (don’t worry, you don’t need to know Hebrew). Examples will demonstrate how this tool can take you far beyond a surface and literal meaning.
The Bible narrative is expressed in an exquisite artistic style that makes it much more than a simple story. The linguistic artistry drew the ancient people of Israel into a rich depth of meaning about their God, what He is doing in this world, and the role He is asking His people to play. Above all, they came to know and love their God whom Christians call the Father, and they intensely desired to live in harmony with Him so they could draw near to His presence. This is what the Hebraic artistry of the Old Testament text conveys.
The optional workbooks for this course for individual or group study, entitled "Walking the Land of the Old Testament", parts 1-3 by Anne Kimball Davis, are available for purchase on Amazon.
Who this course is for:
- Bible students with a desire to learn more about the land of the Old Testament.
Dr. Anne Davis is a professor of Biblical Studies who enjoys working with graduate students to enhance their exegetical skills for exploring the depth of Scripture. She writes, "The passion of my life is searching the Scriptures for the infinite nature of God. I am always pursuing some biblical topic that catches by curiosity, like the little monkey Curious George. The resulting research invariably shapes my college lectures and ultimately leads to publication."
Current Career Activity: Executive Director of BibleInteract, Inc. • Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity Southwest University, Albuquerque, NM. • Author, Lecturer, Speaker
Education: Ph.D., M.A. Trinity Southwest University • M.A. San Diego State University • B.A. Connecticut College
Sample Publications: “Israel’s Inheritance: Birthright of the Firstborn Son,” Chafer Seminary Journal 13/1 (2008): 79-94. • “Allegorically Speaking in Galatians 4:31-5:1,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 14/2 (2004): 161-174. • Numerous papers presented to the Society of Biblical Literature including “Divorce and the New Testament: Midrash in Matthew 19:3-12,” Paper presented at SBL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2006: "The Birth of Biblical Israel," Paper presented at SBL International Meeting, Capetown, South Africa, 2000.