Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Online Course Instructions

We're delighted to offer selected Lay School courses online. These instructions will help you get set up and get connected to your course.

Lay School webcasts

Lay School Courses

Winter:   February 6 - March 6, 2017

Empire and the Old Testament Webcast available

Winter: February 6 - March 6, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Individual Registration  (webcast or classroom)
Group Registration  (webcast only)

Nearly all the books of the Bible came into being when the land of Judah was under some form of imperial domination. The political, social and economic realities of imperialism affected all aspects of life in ancient Israel, including religious observance and the production of texts. In this course we will use “empire” as a guiding concept for reading and interpreting the Old Testament. We will review the ancient political powers that held sway over Israel and Judah, and explore how those imperial pressures are reflected in both the style and content of biblical texts. Finally, we will compare and contrast ancient and modern empires, reflecting on how the Bible has been used both to justify and to resist modern imperial projects.




Cameron Howard, Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Course handouts online

View course handouts for current Lay School courses.

How do I connect to my online course?

You will need a broadband (cable or DSL) connection to receive the audio and video broadcast for your webcast. A minimum speed of 2.5 Mbps is required. To verify the speed of your connection select "Begin Test" at:

The video and chat connection web address will be emailed to you 5-7 days before the webcast begins. You can test your setup with a sample video stream.

2016 - 2017 Lay School course offerings