Module information




Old Testament Historical Books (Credit: 2 or 3 hours)

Average equivalent

ECTS 4 or 5


This course is an interpretative survey of the historical books of the Old Testament. It includes the books of Joshua through Esther. It covers a period of about 1000 years from the entrance of the nation of Israel into the Promised Land until they returned after the Exile. The course examines the history of the nation of Israel with special emphasis upon its messianic mission in the world. This mission is first described in God’s covenant with Abraham, father of the Hebrew nation. The study will examine the background, structure, and contents of each book, with the specific purpose of gaining an understanding of the times and their relationship to God’s purpose to redeem the world through Jesus Christ.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Understand more fully the background, structure, contents, and major teachings in each of the historical books. 2. Have a historical and chronological concept of the broad sweep of Hebrew history from the Conquest to the return from Exile. 3. Have an understanding of the nature of biblical history with its special emphasis on God’s redemptive purpose and control over world affairs. 4. Identify and locate the key passages which explain the themes of each book and which have a bearing on Israel’s role in redemptive history. 5. Be able to relate events described in the historical books to the principles, promises, and directives in the Pentateuch. 6. Understand more effectively the times and conditions in which the Hebrew prophets addressed themselves to the nation and to the world.


You will use Old Testament Historical Books, a Study Guide by Amos Millard, with the textbook it was written to accompany: The Historical Books, by L. Thomas Holdcroft. The Holy Bible is also required. Bible quotations in the Study guide are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted. Some assignments require you to access the Global University Library website or other academic sources. Instructions for accessing the Library website are provided in the Undergraduate Writing Assignment Guidelines (UWAG) in the Essential Course Materials. The Global University Undergraduate Form and Style Guide defines the form, style, and documentation system for completing undergraduate writing assignments. The guide can be downloaded for free from A print version may be ordered from your enrollment office. Suggestions for Further Reading and Research A bibliography for further reading and research is provided on pages 315–317 of the Holdcroft textbook. * The resources information is may change when courses are revised and updated. The study guide resource information will always be the correct information.

Mode of Study

Lecture Video (in progress) Student interaction Professor of Record Interaction Hands on


100 objective multiple choice questions Online or pencil and paper Project Collateral Reading Assignment (for 3 (USA) credit courses Student Learning Requirement Passmark 70%

Grading Rubric



MQF Level 6 Qualification

230 ECTS Credits

97-100		A+ 93-96 		A Superior 90-92 		A- Excellent 87-89		B+ 83-86		B Good 80-82		B- 77-76 		C+ 73-76		C Satisfactory 70-72		C- 67-69		D+ 63-66		D 60-62		C Poor 0-59 		F  Fail
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