Old Testament Foundations I

OT101, 3 CREDITS [CBS, Grad DipCS, MCS & MDiv Core]



S$180 (Audit)

* Students from Host Churches are entitled to 20% discount.

* Alumni students are entitled to 10% discount on audit course(s).


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The Lecturer & Tutor

Dr Philip Satterthwaite

has been Lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at BGST since 1998. Before that he was Research Fellow in Hebrew & Aramaic at Tyndale House, Cambridge.


His main research areas are: the Old Testament Historical books; the Septuagint. In 2007 his book Exploring the Old Testament 2: The Histories (written with J.G. McConville) was published by SPCK/IVP. Philip has preached and taught in a number of churches in Singapore. He is a member of Prinsep Street Presbyterian church. He is married to Eileen. Since 2011 he has been Principal of BGST.

About the Course

OT Foundations I and OT Foundations II together form an introduction to the Old Testament. These two courses aim: (i) to introduce the Old Testament books, and the historical and cultural contexts in which they originated; (ii) to help students reflect on how to apply the Old Testament in the modern world, and to their own lives. Throughout, the Old Testament is interpreted as part of Christian Scripture, and out of a conviction that Christians cannot afford to neglect this first and larger part of God’s Word. Though questions relating to history and the ancient Near Eastern context will not be ignored, the main emphasis is on the meaning, theology and application of the text. OT Foundations I covers the Pentateuch and the Historical Books.

Academic Information

Course Texts:

  1. G.J. Wenham, Exploring the Old Testament I: A Guide to the Pentateuch (SPCK/IVP, 2003)
  2. P.E. Satterthwaite and J.G. McConville, Exploring the Old Testament II: A Guide to the Historical Books (SPCK/IVP, 2007)


  1. Short Answers (10%)
  2. Test (20%)
  3. A Critique (20%) [1,000 words]
  4. A Response (10%) [500 words]
  5. Essay (40%) [3,000 words]
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