Origin of the Old Testament


How Did We Get Here? Facilitated by Dr. Peter Enns.



For those who have embraced the idea that the Bible in its original form is perfect and unchanging, the answer to the questions of how and why the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible arose is simple: it came directly from God to humanity. Any errors and discrepancies are the result of careless transcribers. However, as Dr. Peter Enns explores in this class, the historical evidence demonstrates the answers to these questions are, in fact, much more complicated. Join Dr. Peter Enns as he examines the convoluted, lengthy, and messy origin of the Old Testament.

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Topics We’ll Cover:

  • Major assumptions of the origin of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and why they are problematic.
  • The fluidity, complexity, and historical messiness of the canonization of the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible.
  • What the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, and the New Testament tell us about the development of canonical consciousness.

This Class Includes:

  • Link to the class recording¬†
  • Study Guide
  • Live Q & A on May 20th from 8 – 9 pm EST.¬†

Your Instructor:

Dr. Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and Curveball.

Dr. Pete Enns - Origin of the Old Testament