Session 1(Study Day): Background & Genre


By the end of this session you should be able to: 

  • begin to understand and describe the background of the Old Testament writings in terms of the social, political, cultural and economic setting of the Ancient Near East (ANE);

  • describe the different canons of scripture and how they originated;

  • give a clear basic outline of the course of Old Testament “history";

  • begin to understand how the Old Testament was written and identify the different genres of writing contained in it;

  • understand how to explore scripture through literary criticism (also known as literary analysis).

Zoom Link and Programme

Please make sure your screen name is set to your proper name and please be in the meeting by 10.00am. The room will be open from 9.30am. Many thanks.

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Meeting ID: 892 8224 9875

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Parts 1 & 2: Background, Canons & Genre

Pile Of Books

Part 3: Literary Criticism/Analysis


Spend some time prayerfully thinking about what you have discovered in this session.  Below, in the Resources section, you will find some resources from the Study Day for you to download and keep.


Blessed are you, Lord our God, all things come from you:

from you come our life, this world and all that we have and are.

Teach us to love and respect your creation and give glory to you.

Blessed are you, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen

To Do in Church This Week

Listen to the readings in your services this Sunday. What genre do you think each of them is?  How does this affect the way you would read them out loud?

Post your findings on the discussion board in the Forum.