Old Testament Survey (OTS)



Old Testament Survey is a study of the literature, historical background, geography and significance of the books of the Old Testament. Emphasis will be placed upon the plot-line of the Old Testament. This will be accomplished by building a bridge from original meaning to contemporary significance of God’s revelation of Himself. The relationship between the Testaments will also be examined.

There are two required books for this class. The first is a NKJV Study Bible. The second is Andrew E.Hill and John H. Walton's Old Testament Today, Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2013. 2nd Edition. Both are available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other locations, in hard cover, paperback, and electronic editions.

Old Testament Today: A Journey from Ancient Context to Contemporary Relevance, Second Edition

By John H. Walton & Andrew E. Hill / Zondervan


A proven Old Testament text with a wealth of full-color images helping readers connect the world of the Old Testament with today's world.

Newly revised, Old Testament Today includes a book-by-book survey, new maps and graphics, and other updates throughout. Unique among Old Testament surveys, Old Testament Today not only provides an orientation to the world of the Old Testament, but also builds a bridge between the original audience and modern readers, demonstrating why the ancient message is important for faith and life today. It goes beyond basic content to help students understand what the Scriptures mean and how to apply them personally.

Taking readers progressively through the Old Testament, this text:

  • presents the details of the content, focusing on the story line, historical background, and literary information that address the original setting and audience
  • focuses on theology perspectives and on issues of the author's purpose and the universal message of the text, building a bridge between the original audience and today's audience
  • develops an understanding of the relevance of the Old Testament writings to today's Christian, showing how they can be applied in personal faith and practice

The student who successfully completes this course will...

  1. Realize that the Bible is not primarily about history but about God
  2. Draw key Old Testament terms, places, people, dates, and chapters from memory
  3. Know the major themes of the Old Testament
  4. Understand the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament
  5. More effectively use God’s Word for devotions, teaching, and preaching as a result of better understanding the central messages in each Old Testament book
  6. Be able to articulate the importance of the Old Testament to the Christian faith
  7. Continue to develop and increase interpretive skills by applying them in the preparation of projects, assignments, and quizzes
  8. Apply OT truth by building a bridge from original meaning to contemporary significance
  9. Hold a biblical worldview that includes the great truths of the Old Testament

Students and prospective students are encouraged to download and read the course syllabus before the class start date. For more information about OTS, please contact Rev. Dr. Allen Tyndall.

OTS will be held in Classroom 1 in our Paul's Chapel Church facility in Lexington on selected Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, beginning January 21st, 2017 and ending March 11th, 2017. Registration is now open through 11:00 am January 21st, 2017, and is open to anyone but should be of particular interest to candidates in the Ordination path. Please see Class Dates below the registration form for the full schedule.


Study path: Ordination
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Allen Tyndall
Capacity: 25


Class Dates: 
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Mar 11 2017 except Sat Feb 04 2017, Sat Feb 18 2017, Sat Mar 04 2017.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, January 28, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, February 25, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, March 11, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:00am