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Biblical Themes

What You Will Learn...

Explore Hebrew themes of ‘creation‘ and ‘exodus‘ throughout the old and new testaments. Understand the ‘gospel’ from a ‘Hebrew’ perspective. What ideas have we borrowed from pagan, Greek cultures and where do we need to bring correction to our teaching. How did the new testament leaders understand the fulfillment of God’s promises…

This module traces themes from Genesis chapters 1 & 2, exploring what these themes would have meant to the Hebrew nation. As we look through the Old Testament, especially sections such as the Psalms, we see that the Hebrew people consistently spoke of two historical advents as the major paradigms of their identity. These were the Creation and the Exodus: the creation of the heavens and earth; and the creation of Israel as a people and nation with a mission to the world. 

When we come to the New Testament, we see that the apostles understood the coming of Christ and the gospel in relation to this Old Testament Hebrew identity. They declared the gospel as the fulfilment of the Creation project and of the calling of Israel in the Exodus. Over the years, subsequent to the Hebrew apostles and the writing of the New Testament, new church leaders possessed a different background, a Greek background. Many of these leaders couldn’t have understood Hebrew themes (which have been recently rediscovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls) and in some ways understood and communicated the gospel by their Greek culture.  

This module traces some of the original Hebrew themes from the Creation and the Exodus, looking at how the narrative of scripture from Genesis to Revelation reveals a gospel message that is Hebrew in origin and fulfilled through the Hebrew Messiah, Jesus Christ, not only for Israel, but also for the whole world. The module pays particular attention to Paul, John and Peter. It shows the God of creation coming in the incarnation of Christ. It shows the call of mankind to rule over the nations, fulfilled through the inheritance of Christ. It shows the nature of this rule, and how we as the church are to live it out in the world. It shows God’s plan to renew his creation, rather than destroy it, and the call of the church to partner with God in the transformation of our nations.  

Teaching Includes...

Each lesson includes part of, or all of the following:

  • Audio Lectures from Prof. Kent Hodge
  • Essential reading from Prof’s handout: Creation & New Creation
  • Further reading from other authors (chapters, articles, blog posts)

Assignment & Exam...

To complete this course and earn credit hours with Christian Faith Institute you must: 

  1. Complete an assignment paper – you will be given a number of essay topics. You must choose ONE topic and write a 1,500 word essay including references to your curriculum and other authors. There are no deadlines; submit when you are ready. 
  2. Complete an exam – this exam will be carried out at either: CFI in Jos, or through one of our partner churches throughout Africa. You will be asked to write short responses to all the topics given for your assignment. Exams are always supervised and timed.