OTS115/OTS515: The Torah Story
The BibleMesh Institute

OTS115/OTS515: The Torah Story

This course introduces the first five books of the Old Testament and helps students understand how these books contribute to the Bible’s ongoing story of salvation.

At a Glance

  • Overview of the narratives and messages of each book in the Pentateuch
  • Insights into how to read the first five books of the Old Testament intertextually to grasp how the Pentateuch contributes to the story of salvation
  • Assigned proctor to guide you through the course and provide extra assignments
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; lessons; key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • $250 per month access to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours

Only enroll in this course if you have applied to the BibleMesh Institute, been accepted and directed to take this course.

More Details

Working knowledge of the Torah is essential for every serious student of the Scriptures. Presented in an engaging and accessible manner, even while digging into difficult and complicated matters at a sophisticated level, The Torah Story course emphasizes the content of the text itself, moving beyond debating dates and theories of authorship into understanding how these five key books of the Bible help us understand the story of salvation.

The Torah Story course provides a model of how to read Scripture intertextually. It leaves no doubt as to the overarching unity of the message and composition of the Pentateuch.

Course Outline

  1. An Apprenticeship on and Introduction to the Torah
  2. Macroview of Genesis and The Beginning (Gen. 1:1-2:4a)
  3. Garden, Exile, Flood, and Nations (Gen. 2:4b-4:26)
  4. The Abraham and Jacob Narratives (Gen. 12:1-36:43)
  5. The Sons of Jacob Narratives and the Last Days (Gen. 47:27-50:26)
  6. Macroview of Exodus; The River and the Bush (Ex. 1-4)
  7. The Plagues, Sea, Wilderness and the Mountain (Ex. 5:1-24:18)
  8. Rebellion and Dwelling (Ex. 25-40)
  9. Macroview of Leviticus and Sacrifice (Lev. 1-7)
  10. Purity, Worship, and Holy Living (Lev. 8-27)
  11. Macroview of Numbers and the First Generation at Sinai (Num. 1:1-10:10)
  12. Two Generations in the Wilderness (Num. 10:11-21:35)
  13. The Second Generation on the Plains of Moab (Num. 10:11-36)
  14. Macroview of Deuteronomy; the Words and the Command (Deut. 1:1-11:32)
  15. Rules, Regulations, and a View of the Other Side (Deut. 12-34)
  16. Reintroducing the Torah