The Drama of Redemption: From Chaos to the Dawn of New Creation
The Rev. Charles R. Biggs, in conjunction with Providence Prep, is offering this survey course beginning September 2018, exploring the biblical theology of the Old Testament.
Moses, Prophets, and the Writings:
Everything Written about Jesus Christ!
Our Lord Jesus admonished His disciples because they had not read their Old Testaments as carefully as they should have:
“O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets [Old Testament Bible] have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself . . . “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:25-27, 44).
Jesus teaches that He is the center or main character of all of the Old Testament. That all of the Old Testament is written about Him! Therefore, our study of the Old Testament will be broken down into these three main parts, or “books”: (1) Moses (Torah); (2) Prophets; (3) Psalms (Writings).
Course Format and Materials
High school students and their parents, college students, and other interested adults are all welcome. The primary course text is the Bible itself. In addition, students need a copy of According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Goldsworthy; bring it to class every Friday, along with the journal homework. Optional additional resources are listed in the Course Description below.
Course Description and Assignment Overview
Each week students will be given a handout to follow along. Pastor Biggs will lecture on topics and encourage interaction from students. Students will be asked to memorize outlines of Biblical books and scripture passages. Students will be asked to prayerfully and carefully journal for each book of the Old Testament:
- What is the main theme of this book?
- What minor themes run through this book?
- How is God revealed?
- How is the end of God’s story foreshadowed?
- How is Christ revealed?
- How is man revealed?
- How should we then live?
Assignments are flexible, geared to the student’s level:
- Intermediate Students will read all of the Old Testament over the summer before classes begin. For help and accountability, see the resources at the end of this section! During the year, students will memorize all the books of the Old Testament, and learn to break them down into appropriate parts. Each week students will
- read and memorize certain passages of Holy Scripture
- complete a journaling outline
- read assigned portions of According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible
- Advanced Students Students will do all that is required of Intermediate students, and also read EITHER O. Palmer Robertson’s Christ of the Covenants OR Keith A. Mathison’s From Age to Age: The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology as assigned
- Super-duper Jedi-Advanced Students (i.e. seminary-level training!) Students will do all that is required of Intermediate and Advanced, and also read Geerhardus Vos’s much-loved and must-read classic Biblical Theology as assigned
For high school students, this provides a 1-2 credit theology course, depending on the level completed.
Students will be able to articulate
- A brief introduction to each Old Testament book, along with basic outlines, memory verses, and practical applications
- The primary purpose/theological teaching of each Old Testament book
- The overall purpose/theological teaching of each book within the whole of the Biblical Story.
Further, students will
- Understand, appreciate, and interpret the Bible as literature, recognizing the different genres of the Old Testament books.
- Apprehend the unity of the Bible revealed in Creation, Fall, Redemption and New Creation.
- Learn to interpret scripture with scripture (analogia fidei).
- Recognize Christ as the “main character” of Scripture, particularly how He is revealed in the types and shadows of the Old Testament.
- Understand concepts such as Covenant and Kingdom and how they teach us about Jesus Christ.
Course Cost and Location
Classes will be held on Friday mornings in Purcellville from 7:30-8:45 AM. Tuition is $35 per enrolled student. Younger students may audit the class as well, with no tuition/materials fee required.