The Pentateuch

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The Pentateuch


Number of Lessons: 23Avg. Lesson Length: 28 MinutesTime Required: 22 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


Understanding the Pentateuch is essential to understanding the Bible. In this course, learners will study the contents of the the Pentateuch and consider the particular Pentateuchal problems of evolution and higher criticism in light of its archaeological background. The course explores such historic events as the Creation, the Flood, and the Exodus, and highlights the lives of the Patriarchs and Moses. Students will also examine the content, meaning, and applicability of the laws that form the foundation of Israel’s theocracy.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


ProfessorR. Laird Harris, PhD (1911-2008)
  • Dropsie University, PhD
  • Westminster Theological Seminary, BTh and ThM
  • University of Pennsylvania, MA
  • University of Delaware, BS
  • Washington University, graduate work


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the five books of Moses.
  2. Recognize the principles for interpreting those five books.
  3. Interpret Genesis 1-11 and offer arguments in defense of the biblical teaching against evolutionary claims.
  4. Articulate answers to higher critical attacks on the unity of the Pentateuch.
  5. Know the archaeological background of Pentateuchal history and show its bearing on the interpretation of the text.


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