10 Great Events of the Old Testament that Shaped Jewish and Christian Identity

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Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Professor, Loyola Marymount University
(7 customer reviews)
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Ten watershed dates forever shaped Israel’s history and the development of Jewish and Christian identity.

The Old Testament may seem vast and at times overwhelming to even the most dedicated. By grasping the significance of these ten seminal events, you will better understand your faith and the traditions shared by billions.

This unique audio course is full of gripping tales, thought-provoking theology, engaging personal stories, and historical frameworks that make easy recalling and conveying the history of the Old Testament.

 

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher walks you through the Old Testament by matching texts with their historical context. Explore the time of the Exodus, the death of Solomon, the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonian Empire, and much more with exciting new understanding. These stories that have for centuries spoken truth to Christians all over the world resound much louder when we understand the experiences of the people who wrote them.

Explore with Dr. Smith-Christopher as he provides a careful historical examination of these timeless Old Testament accounts. These

Ten watershed dates forever shaped Israel’s history and the development of Jewish and Christian identity.

The Old Testament may seem vast and at times overwhelming to even the most dedicated. By grasping the significance of these ten seminal events, you will better understand your faith and the traditions shared by billions.

This unique audio course is full of gripping tales, thought-provoking theology, engaging personal stories, and historical frameworks that make easy recalling and conveying the history of the Old Testament.

 

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher walks you through the Old Testament by matching texts with their historical context. Explore the time of the Exodus, the death of Solomon, the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonian Empire, and much more with exciting new understanding. These stories that have for centuries spoken truth to Christians all over the world resound much louder when we understand the experiences of the people who wrote them.

Explore with Dr. Smith-Christopher as he provides a careful historical examination of these timeless Old Testament accounts. These 12 lectures will forever change the way you read and consider the Old Testament.

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This course was previously published as The Ten Most Important Dates in the Old Testament

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Daniel L. Smith-Christopher is a professor of Old Testament studies at Loyola Marymount University, where he has taught for 18 years. He earned his doctorate in Old Testament studies at Oxford University in England, and has published 13 books and dozens of articles.

Professor Smith-Christopher was appointed by Cardinal Roger Mohoney as a permanent consultant to the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is one of the most popular presenters each year at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Educational Congress. Named in 2006 “Undergraduate Theology Teacher of the Year” by Augsburg/Fortress Press, and in 2007, “Professor of the Year” by the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Christopher is a celebrated teacher and internationally respected Bible expert.

Dr. Christopher has published 13 books and dozens of scholarly articles and reviews in Biblical studies. His most recent books include an academic work called A Biblical Theology of Exile . He appears regularly on television in documentaries broadcast by A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The National Geographic Network, and PBS.

  • Introduction and Context
  • 1270? BCE: Out of Egypt
  • 1020 BCE: From Tribe to Kingdom
  • 922 BCE: Two Kingdoms
  • 722 BCE: Assyria Conquers the Northern Kingdom
  • 640-609 BCE: King Josiah and his Reform
  • 587 BCE: Devastation, Exile and Change
  • 539 BCE: Cyrus and the Persian Period
  • 450 BCE: The Community in Conflict
  • 333 BCE: Alexander’s Vengeance and Alexander’s legacy
  • 54/63 BCE: The Romans
  • The Hebrew Journey

7 reviews for 10 Great Events of the Old Testament that Shaped Jewish and Christian Identity

  1. Len

    Excellent

    The presenter has very engaging vocalizations of his material, and is very clear in the points he makes. He can use humor well and makes you feel that you are there in those times of the O.T. What I appreciated most is the humanization quality of the Scriptures, where our ancestors are shown to be truly human in their coming to know who God is – the miracle of the writings becomes evident. One truly becomes better equipped to understand O.T. narratives especially where God is portrayed in such negative and violent ways.

  2. dpcannon

    Awesome

    One of the best OT courses I have ever heard! Should be the standard for covering the OT.

  3. Kathleen Igo, Eastvale, CA

    *

    Outstanding instructors: Daniel Smith-Christopher!!! I have taken two courses from him at Loyola-Marymount, Los Angeles. Wish you would get him to do more Old Testament courses. He’s great and very good at explaining Old Testament topics!!! Scott Hahn is brilliant at putting complex topics into words that anyone can understand!!! I will be interested in anything by him.

  4. Kathleen

    An outstanding job of making it understandable.

    The Ten Most Important Dates in the Old Testament – a topic that is difficult for most Catholics, and Daniel does an outstanding job of making it understandable. He is always excellent. I highly recommend it to people who are unfamiliar with the Old Testament, who want to understand it better.

  5. Kathleen

    I especially enjoyed this course.

    I especially enjoyed this course. It has greatly helped me to understand the OT & those important dates & why they are important!! I’ve listened to it many times & continue to learn more & gain more & new insights!!!

  6. Mark

    Excellent Summary with broad knowledge

    This series show how wide a range of knowledge Dr. Smith-Christopher has on the OT. In each and everyone of the dates feel like a mini-course on that subject.

    My only complaint is that he does not enumerate the dates with a summary sentence at the end.

  7. Joanne

    Easy, interesting way to grasp the progression of the Old Testament.

    Easy, interesting way to grasp the progression of the Old Testament.

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