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Special Topics in Scripture Studies: Christ in the Old Testament

Tutor: Mrs. Lixandra Rosario

Typology may be defined as the study of persons, places, events, objects, and institutions in the Old Testament that foreshadow New Testament realities made known by God in history. Typology is the study of THEMES in Sacred Scripture, themes that unify all Bible stories into one single Story. Originating in ancient Israelite thought patterns, typology has always been the most important method of reading and studying Scripture dating back to the early Church Fathers. Typology is the key to unlocking the truth of Christianity and prepares us to firmly stand up to a relativistic contemporary culture that grows increasingly hostile to all religion in general and to Christianity in particular.

In this class, we will let the science of typology instruct us as to why Jesus Christ was known to the early Christians as:

  • the New Adam
  • the New Abel
  • the New Noah
  • the New Ark of Salvation
  • the new Shem
  • the New Isaac
  • the New Jacob
  • the New Melchisedek
  • the New Joseph
  • the New Moses
  • the New Tabernacle
  • the New Manna
  • the New Law
  • the New Aaron
  • the Lamb of God
  • the New Joshua
  • the New David
  • the New Solomon
  • the New Temple
  • the New Elijah
  • the New Elisha
  • the New Jeremiah
  • the Good Shepherd
  • the Bridegroom of the New Israel

We will explore the formation of the Canon of Scripture and related terminology.

We will review key points in salvation history, a timeline easily taken for granted without much thought.

We will discover how a working knowledge of Old Testament stories can help us answer puzzling questions, such as:

  • Why do we find several elements in the account of the Fall of Man that seem to be borrowed from pagan sources?
  • Why did Jesus spit to heal the blind?
  • Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

We will discover connections between:

  • the Nativity scene we are so familiar with at Christmas time and the Ark of the Covenant
  • the Tabernacle, the Temple, and the Annunciation account in Luke 1
  • Jesus’ baptism and Solomon’s kingly anointing
  • the account of the Fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis and the Passion narrative in the gospels
  • the ancient Israelite feasts and the words and deeds of Jesus during the celebration on those feasts.

As an aid to understanding biblical meaning, we will compare and contrast:

  • the Hebrew and the Greek/pagan concepts of time
  • Hebrew alephbet and other alphabets in antiquity, including their numerical values
  • the role of reason in ancient Israelite culture and their surrounding pagan cultures (Canaanite, Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman)
  • the role of the temples, deities, the priests, and kings in Hebrew and pagan thought

We will make constant use of Bible concordances to demonstrate the importance of reading biblical texts in their original languages.

All in all, students should walk away having gained a rock-solid understanding of the ways in which Old Testament events prepared the world for the Messiah and how the New Testament owes its coherence to Old Testament precedent.

This class is can be listed as a high school elective in official transcripts. It intended to provide a solid foundation for Christian worldview classes, history studies, further training in Christian apologetics, and even literature analysis.

For more information, please contact Lixandra Rosario at nova.starsloveslearning@gmail.com.

 

American History (Junior High/Middle School)

Mrs. Victoria Rose 

United States History (3rd ed.) recounts the story of our nation’s history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God’s providence and America’s Christian heritage. This high school level history textbook is presented in an engaging narrative style and seeks to bring United States history to life. Activities workbook and teacher’s manual also required.

Textbook: American History, 3rd Edition, Bob Jones Press

American History (High School)

Mr. Bowen Rose 

American Republic Student Text (3rd ed.) unfolds the history of the United States through richly detailed narrative and a colorful, engaging presentation. Starting with the discovery of the New World, the text traces the path of American history up to the present day. In addition to a historical account, American Republicdemonstrates the distinctiveness of American values and government, and emphasizes the importance of understanding and appreciating United States history.  Activities workbook and teacher’s manual also required.

Textbook: US History, 3rd Edition, Bob Jones Press

Government & Economics 

Mrs. Victoria Rose 

We use Declaration Statesmanship (Ferrier & Seeley), Economics: Work & Prosperity by A Beka, Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt, and Whatever Happened to Penny Candy.

The first half of the course is spent studying American Government. Declaration Statesmanship looks at the formation and evolution of the American Government through the ‘Declaration Principles’. The Declaration Statesmanship course includes quizzes, tests, and answers keys for the quizzes and tests. We also include essay topics to provide the student with writing practice.

The second half of the course is spent studying Economics. The texts provide a clear account of the principles of Economics, both practically and theoretically. The student also writes weekly essays on economics throughout the second half of the course.

Textbooks: Government – “Declaration Statemanship” set,  available on Amazon or from Emmanuel Books. Economics – Economics: Work and Prosperity by Russel Kirk, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard J. Maybury, and Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.

World History 

Mr. Bowen Rose 

World History, 4th edition, BJU press, recounts the story of mankind from creation to the present. Students examine ancient civilizations through the Greeks to the Roman Empire. Then they survey India, Asia, and Africa on their way to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation, upon which modern history is founded. They are challenged to discover the forces, issues, people, and movements that have shaped our modern world. God’s providence and Bible integration are given prominence as the students are taught to view the world through a Christian lens.

Textbook: World History 4th edition, Bob Jones Press 

Tests & Answer Keys

 

Geography

Mr. Bowen Rose

Memoria Press – Geography III solidifies the mapping skills learned in Geography I and II (neither of which are prerequisites – we will introduce these mapping skills as well), and also requires students to label major landforms and topography. Students will study the climate, recent history, culture, and religion of every continent. This text has many illustrations of famous landmarks, architecture, and people from around the world, and the workbook requires students to practice mapwork weekly. In addition to labeling maps, students will learn to freehand-draw each continent using the Robinson Map Project. This is a thorough world geography course.

Memoria Press – Geography III Set


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