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Historical Books - The Adventist Theological Academy

Course Summary

Join Dr. Félix H. Cortez and Efraín Velázquez as they explore the historical books of the Old Testament.

What do I need to know?

The Historical Books relate the story of ancient Israel from the conquest of Canaan to Israel’s return from the Babylonian exile. Its 12 books span around 10 centuries of history. Are they relevant for us today? How can we understand the stories included in them and discover their message? Some of the stories are very dramatic, while others are hard to read. Why were they included in these inspired accounts? And those long genealogies, what can I gain from reading them? Watch the videos in this section and find out. You will be required to watch a series of videos, and answer quiz questions derived from the content of the videos.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course you should have a basic understanding of the historical books of the Old Testament and their importance to modern Christianity. After completing the quizzes and watching the videos, you will earn .2 continuing education units. For more information please visit:

About the Instructor

Félix H. Cortez is Assistant Professor of New Testament Literature at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He completed a masters in Modern Literature (focusing in Literary Theory and Hermeneutics) at Universidad Iberoamericana (México, 2001) and a doctorate in New Testament Studies at Andrews University (2008). Before coming to Andrews University, Cortez taught in the School of Theology at Universidad de Montemorelos (2007-2013). He has also served as a pastor in Mexico City for 4 years and as a conference youth director for 7 years. He was ordained as a minister in 1996 at Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Cortez is president of the Adventist Theological Society 2012-2014. He chairs the Catholic and Pastoral Epistles Section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a member of the steering committee of the Hebrews section. He has been inducted into the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi, and is a member of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, is on the review boards of several journals, and is evaluator of research projects for Universidad Adventista del Plata. Cortez contributed study notes for the Andrews Study Bible, the commentary on First Timothy for the forthcoming Andrews One-volume Bible Commentary, and is working on a Commentary on Hebrews. He is also the author of Did you know …?—a devotional book for young people published in Spanish, English, and French. Felix Cortez is married to Alma Alvarez and they have two children, Hadid, and Alma. Cortez enjoys sports, walking, reading, working around the house, and music.


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