RLGN 1302óNEW TESTAMENT HISTORY
WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO
WINTER TERM (12 NOVEMBER 2007-16 FEBRUARY 2008)
Mondays, 6:00 pm-10:10 pm; Room 102, Wayland Baptist University
THOMAS W. FISHER, Ph.D., INSTRUCTOR
Office Hours: MondayĖFriday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Telephone: (210) 826-7595
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of New Testament backgrounds, theological content, and application.
II. TEXTBOOKS: THE NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDY BIBLE (Fully Revised); Gundry, Robert H.,† A Survey of the New Testament, 4th ed.
III. COURSE OUTLINE:†††††† Part One: New Testament Backgrounds
††††††††† Part Two: The Life and Teachings of Jesus, the Christ, as presented in the Gospels
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Part Three: Acts
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Part Four: The Pauline Corpus
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Part Five: The General Epistles
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Part Six: Revelation
IV. COURSE REQUIREMENTS:†
1. Attendance according to current Wayland Baptist University Catalogue
2. Reading of ALL assigned passages in the New Testament and Gundry
3. Participation in classroom discussion
4. Three major exams
5. Pop quizzes over reading material
V. GRADING:† Students will be graded on their knowledge of the contents of the New Testament and the Gundry text as demonstrated by performance on exams, quizzes,† and class participation.
1. MAJOR TESTS: †Three major exams will be given, each final over the covered material. †The average of these exams will comprise 60% of the final grade.† Those who miss an exam without informing the instructor PRIOR to the class meeting will be docked one letter grade on their score for that exam.
2. POP QUIZZES: †Unannounced pop quizzes over the reading assignment for the class period will be given from time to time at the discretion of the professor.† These will comprise 30% of the final grade.† These quizzes will be given PROMPTLY at 8:00 a.m.† Those who are late miss the quiz.† THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UPS FOR THESE QUIZZES!
3. ASSIGNED READING: Each student is expected to read through BOTH the New Testament (with its notes) and the Gundry text during the term.† Students should read the New Testament in coordination with the Gundry text.† Students will be required on the final exam to attest, on their honor, that they did so.† The requirement is to read ALL the assignment; no credit will be given for partial work.† Reading will comprise 10% of the final grade.
VI. COURSE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to help the student develop an overall understanding of the New Testament, appreciate its value for daily life, develop the ability to think critically and theologically about its content, and interpret its teachings accurately and personally by:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, social, philosophical, and religious background of the New Testament.† The student should be able to:
A.††† Outline the history of the Hebrew people and the Roman Empire during the Intertestamental and New Testament periods;
B. †† Describe the social and moral climate of the Roman Empire;
C.††† Describe the major religious and philosophical systems current in the first Christian century;
D.††† Describe the features and sects of Judaism and Jewish life.
2.†††††† Demonstrate knowledge of the nature, purpose, and manner of the writing of the documents that comprise the New Testament.† The student should be able to:
††††††††††††††††††† A.††† Outline the structure and divisions of the New Testament;
††††††††††††††††††† B. †† Describe the way the New Testament documents came to be written and included in the canon;
††††††††† ††††††††† C. †† Discuss the authorship, purpose, theme, and main characteristics of the New Testament documents.
††††††††† 3.†††††† Demonstrate knowledge of some of the critical methods used in New Testament studies.
4.†††††† Demonstrate knowledge of the life and teachings of Jesus.† The student will be able to:
††††††††††††††††††† A.††† Relate the major events in the life of Jesus;
††††††††††††††††††† B.††† Discuss the ministry and teachings of Jesus.
5. ††††† Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of the early Christian church.† The student will be able to outline the major events in its establishment and development.
6.†††††† Demonstrate knowledge of the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul.† The student will be able to:
††††††††††††††††††† A.††† Relate the major events in Paulís life and ministry;
††††††††††††††††††† B. †† Discuss the nature, purpose, and major doctrines of Paulís letters.
7.†††††† Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of the General Epistles and Revelation.† The student will be able to describe their authorship, purpose, and general themes.
VII. ATTENDANCE: In accordance with WBU policy as elucidated in the 2001-2002 WBU catalogue, no student who is absent from 25% or more class meetings will receive a passing grade.† For every week of class missed without an excuse deemed adequate BY THE INSTRUCTOR, a studentís grade will be lowered by on letter grade.
VIII. CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: Students are expected to have read the text materials PRIOR to the dates assigned for discussion and to be prepared to answer questions on the assigned material.
††††††††† DATES††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GUNDRY†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NEW TESTAMENT††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††† 12 NOV†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† INTRODUCTION TO COURSE
††††††††† 19 NOV†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thanksgiving Break
††††††††† 26 NOV†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. xvii-89††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp.1819-46
††††††††† 03 DEC †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 91-157††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 1847-1963
††††††††† 10 DEC††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 159-252††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 1964-2099
††††††††† 17 DEC††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 255-344††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 2010-2170
††††††††† 24 Dec†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Christmas Break
††††††††† 31 DEC††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Christmas Break
††††††††† 07 JAN †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 347-51; 373-411††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 2171-2247
††††††††† 14 JAN††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 351-60; 413-14; 416-437†††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 2248-2289
††††††††† 21 JAN††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 360-71; 439-54; 414-15†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp.† 2290-2328
††††††††† 28 JAN††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 457-501††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 2329-2402
††††††††† 04 FEB†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 505-29††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 2329-2442
††††††††† †11 FEB††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FINAL EXAM
† IX.†† EXAMINATION DATES: 17 DEC 07, 21 JAN 08, 11 FEB 08
†† X.†† EXTRA CREDIT: This course will have three opportunities for extra credit.† Extra credit will be warded through points added to the final averaged grade.† The requirements for these extra credit opportunities and their respective point values are:
††††††††††††††††††† 1. Perfect attendance: 2 pts.
2. Recitation from memory of the books of the New Testament in canonical order: 3 pts.
3. Memorization and recitation of all of the following passages: Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8; Romans†††††††††††† 6:23, and Romans 10:9-10: 4 pts.
1. Completion of the end of course critique validated by the legibly signed confirmation sheet submitted at the time of the final examination: 1 pt.
XI.†† A FINAL WORD: This syllabus is a plan for the course.† The instructor reserves the right to modify this plan as circumstances warrant.