David Penchansky – Old Testament Introduction

Professor David Penchansky, of the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, provides a series of videos from his Old Testament Introduction course. The videos are not complete lectures, but segments on select topics, and are able to be viewed on YouTube:

  1. Introduction to the Old Testament – Language of the Bible

    This video introduces the Hebrew Bible and discusses the languages in which its various texts were originally composed.

  2. Introduction to the Old Testament – How the Bible Was Written

    This video clip briefly explains the authorship of the Hebrew Bible.

  3. Introduction to the Old Testament – Inspiration of the Bible

    This video clip offers an introduction to the question of whether or not the Hebrew Bible presents the inspired Word of God and, if so, to what extent it does.

  4. Introduction to the Old Testament – Geography of the Bible

    This video clip offers an introduction to the geography relevant to the study of the Hebrew Bible, focusing on the Ancient Near East (A.N.E.).

  5. Introduction to the Old Testament – Documentary Hypothesis

    This video clip offers an introduction to the Documentary Hypothesis, or the leading scholarly hypothesis of the Hebrew Bible’s authorship.

  6. King David – pt. 1 (Introduction)

    This video clip introduces my series on King David and presents David’s so-called “happiest times.”

  7. King David – pt. 2 (Rise to Power)

    This video clip continues my series on King David, describing how he ascended to the throne over all of Israel.

  8. King David – pt. 3 (Nathan)

    This video clip continues my series on King David, describing his relationship with the prophet Nathan.

  9. King David – pt. 4 (Bathsheeba)

    This video clip continues my series on King David, describing the “Bathsheeba Incident.”

  10. King David – pt. 5 (Michal)

    This video clip concludes my series on King David, describing David’s relationship with Saul’s daughter Michal.

  11. Ancestors of Genesis 12-50 I – Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob

    This video clip introduces the patriarchs and matriarchs of Genesis 12-50, or Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their respective wives and mistresses.

  12. Ancestors of Genesis 12-50 II – Eponymous Ancestors

    This video clip describes Israelite eponymous ancestry.

  13. Ancestors of Genesis 12-50 III – Dating & Geography

    This video clip offers a guide to appropriately dating and understanding geography while studying Israelite eponymous ancestry.

  14. Ancestors of Genesis 12-50 IV – Literary Structure & Covenant

    This video clip introduces the 3 cycles of tales of Genesis 12-50 and explains the Abrahamic covenant.

  15. Exodus – pt. 1 – Structure of Exodus & the Name of God

    This video clip introduces the structure of the Book of Exodus and Yahweh’s self-identification in its pages.

  16. Exodus – pt. 2 – The Covenant

    This video clip introduces the Mosaic Covenant.

  17. Exodus – pt. 3 – The Exodus Event I

    This video clip introduces the Exodus Event.

  18. Exodus – pt. 4 – The Exodus Event II

    This video clip continues my introduction to the Exodus Event.

  19. Exodus – pt. 5 – Animal Sacrifice

    This video clip describes the centrality of animal sacrifice to religious worship in the Ancient Near East and, in particular, to the Hebrew people’s worship of Yahweh.

  20. Exodus – pt. 6 – Clean & Unclean

    This video clip introduces the ancient Hebrew concept of ritual cleanliness.

  21. Ehud and Eglon

    This is my comedic, educational video covering the story of Ehud and Eglon from the 3rd chapter of Judges.

  22. Syro-Ephraimite War – pt. 1

    This video clip introduces the Syro-Ephraimite War, providing historical context for the conflict.

  23. Syro-Ephraimite War – pt. 2

    This video clip continues my introduction to the Syro-Ephraimite War.

  24. Syro-Ephraimite War – pt. 3

    This video clip continues my introduction to the Syro-Ephraimite War.

  25. Syro-Ephraimite War – pt. 4

    This video clip continues my introduction to the Syro-Ephraimite War.

  26. Syro-Ephraimite War – pt. 5

    This video clip continues my introduction to the Syro-Ephraimite War.

  27. Syro-Ephraimite War – pt. 6

    This video clip continues my introduction to the Syro-Ephraimite War.

  28. Syro-Ephraimite War – pt. 7

    This video clip concludes my introduction to the Syro-Ephraimite War.

  29. Prophecy pt. 1 – Definition

    This video clip defines Ancient Israelite prophecy.

  30. Prophecy pt. 2 – Stages of Prophecy

    This video clip describes the 3 stages of the nebi’im, or prophets: the bene nebi’im, the former prophets, and the latter/written prophets.

  31. Prophecy pt. 3 – Ecstasy

    This video clip describes prophetic ecstasy, or “God intoxication.”

  32. Propechy pt. 4 – Royal Court

    This video clip describes the relationship between ancient Israelite prophecy and the royal court.

  33. Images of God in Job – pt. 1 – Story of Job

    This video clip provides an introduction to the Book of Job, focusing on the Book’s first scene.

  34. Images of God in Job – pt. 2 – Dialogue & Conclusion of Job

    This video clip discusses the dialogues of the Book of Job (the text’s center) and the Book’s conclusion.

  35. Images of God in Job – pt. 3 – Majestic Thunderer & Enforcer

    This video clip introduces our discussion of the images of God in the Book of Job and discusses the Book’s images of God as the Majestic Thunderer and as the Enforcer.

  36. Images of God in Job – pt. 4 – Bully & Buffoon

    This video clip discusses the images of God in the Book of Job as the Bully and as the Buffoon.

  37. Images of God in Job – pt. 5 – How should we view God?

    This video clip concludes my lecture on the images of God in the Book of Job, discussing the hidden image of God in the Book of Job as a just God and exploring the implications of the lecture’s body.

  38. Wisdom in the Old Testament – pt. 1 (Definitions & Wisdom Literature)

    This video clip presents the definitions necessary to discuss the topic of Wisdom in the Old Testament and introduces the Wisdom Literature.

  39. Wisdom in the Old Testament – pt. 2 (Wisdom in Other Parts of the Bible)

    This video clip describes instances in which wisdom is seen in parts of the Bible outside of the Wisdom literature.

  40. Wisdom in the Old Testament – pt. 3 (Book of Proverbs)

    This video clip discusses the Book of Proverbs.

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