Exodus and the Shape of Biblical Narrative

This item will be released December 25, 2022.

Taught by Dr. Alastair Roberts
Runs 1/9 – 3/18/23
$225.00 – $399.00


The course will familiarize students both with the story of the Exodus from Egypt and with its gravitational pull upon the rest of the scriptural narrative. Students will study the literary means by which texts evoke deeper narrative patterns and the ways in which echoes of past events and themes, or anticipations of future ones, are used to communicate authorial vantage points, theological import, and ethical direction to readers.

Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 28th




Auditing ($225):

participate in readings and live class sessions, but no graded assignments and no course credit

Full course (Full-Time Discount) ($275):

for-credit courses (at least four per term) toward our Certificate or M.Litt in Classical Protestantism

Full course ($399):

individual classes on a for-credit basis; you can later apply them toward a Certificate or Degree




This Bible course will be taught by Dr. Alastair Roberts. This course will run from January 9 through March 18. The syllabus will be posted when available.

Scripture communicates rich theology through its stories, inviting its hearers to discover themselves figured within them. Focusing chiefly upon the story of the Exodus—one of the most prominent narrative templates in the Scripture—this course will acquaint students with salient features of biblical narrative and equip them for its interpretation. We will explore various techniques characteristic of the literary artistry of such narrative and consider how such techniques can be used in service of the authors’ theological ends. Relating Exodus-shaped narratives across the scope of the Scripture, we will consider the ways that they constitute and develop a coherent and unified account. Bringing all the pieces together, we will investigate what it means to read such narratives as Holy Scripture. This course aims to strengthen students’ grasp upon Scripture, whether in their handling of its finer details or in their apprehension of its wholeness and unity.

Dr. Alastair Roberts is a Teaching Fellow of the Theopolis Institute and the Davenant Institute, a leading evangelical blogger and writer, and one of the hosts of the Mere Fidelity podcast. His personal podcast is Alastair’s Adversaria, where he produces daily reflections upon Scripture. He is the author of Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture (Crossway, 2018).




Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2hr/wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion in the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register now to reserve your spot. The course will proceed contingent on sufficient enrollment; on rare occasions, a class has to be cancelled due to insufficient interest. Once the registration period closes, the class meeting time will be set on the basis of a poll of availability from registrants. In case of cancellation or scheduling conflicts, students will be eligible for a refund or a transfer to another course.

This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.