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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 timeline;

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

  • understand how to create good short reflections on your learning

Zoom Link and Programme

Please make sure your screen name is set to your proper name and please be in the meeting by 9.00am. The room will be open from 8.45am. Many thanks.

The programme for the day can be found here

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 883 2976 7813

Passcode: 619070


1. Choose an image that represents the OT to you and email it to before the study day with a short sentence about what it conveys for you.

2. Think about what might make a good short reflective post about your learning for each session and come prepared to share you throughts.

Please Note:

  • You will need a bible

  • You will also need your mobile phone with you

  • It would also be good if you could take screenshots on your computer, laptop or tablet. If you don't know how to do this google 'how do I take a screenshot on my ...' and note down how to do it.

Parts 1 & 2: Background, Canons & Genre

Click on the image below to access the recordings of Parts 1 & 2.

The powerpoint slides for all the sessions can be found in the Resources section.

You can click on the link below to see an article on some new fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were recently discovered.

Part 3: Creating Reflections (Forum Activity)


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

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