The Poetic & Prophetic Books

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Below you will find the full outline of the Poetic & Prophetic Books course (Old Testament Overview 3). You can start the course exactly as you would in the actual course—read the descriptions, watch the videos, and interact with the discussion questions. For the first two sessions, the only difference is that in the actual course you would be able to interact with other people from around the world or from your local church.

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Course Description

This course is the last of three courses giving an overview of the Old Testament, and covers the books of Job through Malachi. The course includes discussions of each individual book, as well as guidelines for reading poetry and prophecy in the Bible. This series will better acquaint you with the message of the Old Testament and the part that each individual book plays in forming that message.


About the Instructor

Preston Sprinkle is a professor, speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author.

He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland (2007), and he’s been a professor of theology at Cedarville University (OH), Nottingham University (England), and Eternity Bible College.

Preston is currently a full-time author, speaker, and teacher, though his dream in life is to become the next bass player for U2…or perhaps a professional surfer (neither of which he is very good at).

Course Sessions

Session 1: Introduction to the Poetic & Prophetic Books


  1. In what sense are poetic books giving us “humanity’s response to God”?
  2. In what sense are the prophetic books giving us “God’s response to humanity”?
  3. What makes the three “wisdom books” (Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes) unique from other types of poetic books?
  4. What is the difference between the “major prophets” and the “minor prophets”?

Session 2: Job


  1. What is “retribution theology” and how does the book of Job interact with this concept?
  2. What can we learn from the interaction between Job and his friends in the middle of the book?
  3. What can we learn from the interaction between Job and God toward the end of the book?
  4. Read Job 42:5–6. Why is Job’s realization here so significant?

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Additional Course Sessions (available in the full course)

Session 3: The Psalms

Session 4: Proverbs

Session 5: Ecclesiastes

Session 6: Song of Songs

Session 7: How to Read Prophecy

Session 8: Isaiah 1–39

Session 9: Isaiah 40–66

Session 10: Jeremiah & Lamentations

Session 11: Ezekiel

Session 12: Disputed Passages in Ezekiel

Session 13: Daniel

Session 14: The Minor Prophets

Session 15: Hosea

Session 16: Joel, Amos, & Obadiah

Session 17: Jonah, Micah, Nahum, & Habakkuk

Session 18: Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi

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