What this course is about
Thinking well about Scripture also means being able to answer the hard questions posed in the culture and church today. In this course, Dr. Heiser focuses on Old Testament controversies that in today’s conversation provokes criticism of the Bible as a reliable source of spiritual, theological, and historical truth. The goal is to expose how scholarly discussions as well as amateur discussions (those in the media or online environments) misrepresent these biblical controversial topics.
What you will learn
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Identify Old Testament controversies that provide contemporary skepticism about the Bible’s veracity.
- Discern the basis of skeptical criticism about controversial biblical topics and how to engage the issues honestly.
- Deconstruct skeptical conclusions about controversial topics and probe for points of incoherence.
- Apply rules for sound thinking to critique skeptical conclusions and formulate coherent alternatives.
How this course is taught
This course is completely online and self-paced. It consists of 15 modules that are structured as follows:
||These identify the module's key ideas and concepts.
||You will read texts, watch videos, and/or listen to podcasts to learn about a module's topic.
|Expand My Knowledge
||You will watch a 45-60 minute pre-recorded lecture by Dr. Heiser to build on what they learned.
|Apply My Knowledge
||You will complete a quiz and/or join a class discussion to use what they learned.
||Other articles, graphics, websites, etc. shared during the lecture or more material to go deeper in your learning of the topic are provided to you.
Dr. Michael S. Heiser (who prefers to be called Mike) is a scholar of the Bible and its ancient context. He earned master’s degrees in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania and Hebrew Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a PhD in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Before teaching at AWKNG School of Theology, Dr. Heiser taught at the university level for over 20 years and was the Academic Editor and Scholar for Logos Bible Software for 15 years. He supervised scholarly data projects related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew and Semitic inscriptions, the Septuagint, and the Greek Pseudepigrapha.
Dr. Heiser is published widely in scholarly academic journals, including the Bible Study Magazine, and authored several portions of the Faithlife Study Bible. In addition, he is the author of several best-selling books, most notably:
- The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible
- Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World and Why It Matters
- Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God’s Heavenly Host
- Demons: What the Bible Really Says About the Powers of Darkness
Dr. Heiser has a wide online presence through his blog, podcast, and YouTube channels, all of which can be found on his website. Dr. Heiser also has a nonprofit ministry MIQLAT, which provides free translations of his books Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World and Why It Matters and What Does God Want? in dozens of languages.
On a personal note, Dr. Heiser has been married for more than thirty years to his incredible wife, Drenna. They have four adult children. He enjoys pop culture science fiction and has published two science fiction novels The Facade Sage (Volume 1 and 2) and The World Turned Upside Down: Finding the Gospel in Stranger Things. He loves dogs (especially pugs), enjoys playing fantasy football and baseball, and loves the Red Sox and the Packers.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and are provided in the course.
You must be technologically capable to take this online course. Below is a list of the technology used in this course.
|Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Some instructional material is provided as a PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended for this course. With this tool, you can view, annotate, and print PDF documents. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for free.
This course is facilitated through the learning management system Brightspace. When you enroll in this course, you will either checkout as an existing student and sign into your Brightspace account, or as a new student and create a new account. It is important you make note of your username and password. Review the Brightspace Platform Requirements as well as check your system capability.
|Brightspace Pulse App
You can take the course on a mobile device through the Brightspace Pulse app. It is available for download from any Google Play or Apple App store. Review the Brightspace Pulse Platform Requirements.
The pre-recorded lectures are hosted in Vimeo and are embedded in each module. A Vimeo account is not required to watch the lectures. Review the System Requirements for Viewing, Browsing, and Apps.
To successfully complete this course, you must complete all 15 quizzes within the course access dates. You have unlimited attempts, and are responsible for ensuring all quizzes are completed and successfully submitted. Once you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a Certification of Completion.
You do not receive a grade for this course. The focus is on learning and mastering the concepts.