I believe that most Christians rarely read the Old Testament. I also believe that it would be much better if they were to do so. However, there are a number of barriers that make it hard for us.
If this is your first time here, I recommend that you go to the new and improved version here. If you have already started this version, I don’t know why you would be reading this page, but go ahead.
This is a short course to help people begin to read and understand the Old Testament for themselves. It consists of a series of nine lessons of about twenty minutes each which will help you begin to read this foundational portion of God’s Word. It is only reading; there is no written work or assignments. The whole thing will take less than four hours.
My goal is that by the end you will feel confident that you can begin to read and comprehend the foundational books of the Bible, and that you will want to read it. These lessons will not make you an expert or even prepare you to master the harder sections, such as the prophets.
This is not an overview of the Old Testament, meaning I don’t teach you the Old Testament, though I do give you a big picture. It is not an explanation of difficult passages, although some of them should become more clear by the time you are finished. My goal is to overcome the barriers that keep you from reading and understanding the Old Testament (except taking the time out of a busy life – I can’t do anything about that).
In this course, any Bible passage I refer to, but don’t quote, is a link that you can click. If you do, the passage will open in a new tab. Most of these links are underlined, but some are not and I honestly don’t know why.
Before you begin, I need you to take a survey. This is not a test. There are not right or wrong answers. What is important is that you be as honest as possible and give the truest answers, even though these might not be what “Christians are supposed to think.” Half-way through the survey you will stop and when you have finished the course, I ask that you finish the survey. At the point where you stop and the survey saves your answers, it will give you the option of leaving an email address. It will be much, much easier to resume if you leave an address.
It is important to me that I get a good number of people taking the whole survey so I really appreciate your time in doing this. The link below will open the survey in a new tab. When you have worked on the survey and saved it, close the tab and come back here to continue. The lessons are in order on the left. Thank you!
If you do not have regular access to the internet, you can read the course as an ebook in PDF. Here it is:
I only ask that you remember to take the survey.