Details for Historical Books of the Old Testament

Many of the OT books are dedicated to the history of Israel fron the time of conquest through to exile. This subject will examine the books of Joshua, Juges, 1& 2 Samuel,  1& 2 Kings, Ezra & Nehemiah - a vast array of books and times! But it will specifically investigate what are the major events and people in OT history, plus discuss how do we read OT history today?

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB213
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Emma Austin


The following courses are prerequisites or corequisites:

Awards offering Historical Books of the Old Testament

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This subject explores the historical books of the Old Testament, specifically, Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Ezra & Nehemiah.


  1. Display a thorough understanding of the message, content, and composition of the OT Historical Books (specifically, Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Ezra & Nehemiah);
  2. Identify and explain the literary aspects of biblical narrative;
  3. Employ exegetical skills to provide an interpretation of the OT Historical Books;
  4. Apply hermeneutical principles to biblical historiography.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to the Historical Books of the Old Testament
  • Roles of Kings and Prophets and Deuteronomistic History
  • Joshua, Judges & Ruth
  • 1 Samuel Part 1: The Prophet and First King of Israel
  • 1 Samuel Part 2: Israel Becoming a Kingdom
  • 2 Samuel: David, King After God’s Heart
  • 1 Kings Part 1: King Solomon
  • 1 Kings Part 2: A Kingdom Divided
  • 2 Kings Part 1: Elijah to Elisha
  • 2 Kings Part 2: Approaching Exile
  • Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah & OT Pneumatology
  • Major Themes and Contemporary Application

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (on site)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided