In preparation for this lesson, read Luke 24:13-32. Write down what these verses teach us about understanding the Old Testament. What difference should this make in the way we interpret the prophetical books?
Goals and Objectives of Lesson 1
In this lesson, we would like to accomplish the following:
1. We hope you will become excited about studying the prophetical books of the Old Testament.
2. We hope you will make use of all the resources and activities of the lesson to understand the proper way to interpret Old Testament prophetical literature.
When you have done the following, it will show that the goals are met:
1. Use all the resources and complete all the written assignments of the lesson, expressing your own thoughts and attitudes regarding Old Testament prophetical literature and its proper interpretation.
2. Obtain satisfactory grades on the evaluations for this lesson, demonstrating that you can identify key causes of confusion in the interpretation of Old Testament prophetical literature and identify important factors in its proper interpretation.
If you are not very familiar with the process of doing the assignments for a lesson, you should read this PDF tutorial. It will guide you through the lesson, step by step. If you are already familiar with the process, you may skip this and go to the more specific "Instructions for Lesson 1."
Carefully read these instructions. You may want to print them out so that you can refer to them as you proceed through the assignments.
Note about Greek and Hebrew
Once in a while, the lectures of Third Millennium courses include words in Greek or Hebrew. Don't worry about this, because a knowledge of these languages is not necessary for the course. Furthermore, when a Greek or Hebrew word is used in a study guide, glossary, or quiz, it will be transliterated (using English letters). However, it may be helpful to at least look at the alphabet of these biblical languages and learn something about the way they are transliterated. If you are interested, you may look at the following resources:
For Greek, see the following PDF document:
For Hebrew, you may look at the following web site called "Judaism 101"
Each lesson has a glossary of terms and names used in the lesson. You can find it in the "Resources" section of the lesson.