RLGN1301-Meyer-Spring2011 by ashrafp


									                                 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY
                                        RLGN 1301
                                   COURSE SYLLABUS
                             WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
                                     [Fort Wainwright]
                                       [Spring 2011]

Instructor Bryan Myers
         Phone Numbers: Mobile 907-322-3302;
                           Office 907-479-5063
         Email address: bryan.myers@wayland.wbu.edu
         Conference Hours: 10AM-9PM

Course Number and Title:          RLGN 1301, Old Testament History, 12-1 PM

Class Time and Location: Fort Wainwright, BI 2107 / RM 105

Catalog Description: An introductory survey of the historical literature with special attention to the
       institutions, religion, and national life of the Hebrew people.

Prerequisite: None

        Required Texts
           The Learning Bible (TLB), NIV. New York: American Bible Society, 2003.
                o You will need The Learning Bible please do not try to substitute this Bible for
                    another; your quiz scores will greatly suffer.
                o Read ALL of the yellow background pages included in the text
        Required Articles
           “The Whole Bible: What Does God Want Of Us?” Mark Dever found in The Message of
            the Old Testament (pp 19-44) – Will be available in Blackboard

Course Outline, Calendar, & Requirements

     Date                     Class Topic                                         Assignment
    Week 1                    Introduction to the Hebrew                TLB pp 1-32; 919-923; Genesis 1-
  21 February                 Bible (Part 1)                            34
  23 February                 Introduction to the Hebrew
                              Bible (Part 2)
  25 February                 The Story of Four Trees
    Week 2                    Hebrew Literature (Part 1)                Genesis 35- 50; Exodus 1-24;
  28 February                                                           32-33
   2 March                    Hebrew Literature (Part 2)
   4 March                    Genesis (Part 1)                          Essay Due at the beginning of class

Week 3      Genesis (Part 2)
7 March
                                           Lev 17-27; Numb 1-27
9 March     Exodus and the Law (Part
11 March    Exodus and the Law (Part
 Week       Spring Break
14 March

16 March    Spring Break

18 March    Spring Break

 Week 4     Leviticus & Numbers            Numb 28-36; Deuteronomy 1-34
21 March                                   Quiz
23 March    Deuteronomy

25 March    Joshua                         Essay due at the beginning of class
 Week 5     Judges and Ruth                1 & 2 Samuel
28 March                                   Quiz
30 March    Mid-Term Review
  1 April                                  Mid-Term
 Week 6     I & II Samuel                  1 & 2 Kings
  4 April                                  Quiz
  6 April   I & II Kings
  8 April   Ezra & Nehemiah                Essay due at the beginning of class
 Week 7     Ester & Job                    Introductions to 1 & 2 Chronicles;
 11 April                                  Ezra; Nehemiah; Job 1-3, 38-42
                                           Psalms 1,23,51,119 [skim], 150;
13 April    Psalms Part 1                  Essay Due at Midnight
15 April    Psalms Part 2
Week 8      Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,        Proverbs 1-31; Ecclesiastes, Song of
18 April    Song of Songs                  Solomon;
20 April    Isaiah, Jeremiah, &            Essay Due at the beginning of class
22 April    Good Friday – No Classs
Week 9      Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea,        Is 1-11, 40-53; Jer. 1-10, 30-33;
25 April    Joel, Amos                     Ezekiel 1-14
27 April    Obadiah, Jonah, Micah
29 April    Nahum, Habakkuk, &

   Week 10                    Haggai, Zechariah,                        Ezekiel 25; 33-48; Introduction to
    2 May                     Malachi                                   Daniel; Amos, Hosea, Malachi
    4 May                     Wrap-up
    6 May                     Review for Final                          Essay due at the beginning of class
   Week 11                                                              Final Exam
    9 May

    11 May
    13 May

Course Outcome Competencies: Students will:
        Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, religious, and social context of the Old Testament
        Demonstrate knowledge of some of the critical methods used in Old Testament studies.
        Demonstrate an understanding of the basic content of the Old Testament and its main
          teachings (theological content).
        Demonstrate knowledge of the canonical process producing a more complete understanding
          of the Old Testament.

        Roll will be checked each class meeting. If you are late for class, it is your responsibility to
           have your absence removed form the grade book.
        The Division's "no cut" policy allows no unexcused absences.
        No student missing more than 25% of the class meetings (including both excused and
           unexcused absences) can pass the course. Students who need to leave class early must get
           approval from the professor in advance.
Attendance - External Campuses
        Students enrolled at one of the university's external campuses should make every effort to
           attend all class meetings. All absences must be explained to the instructor, who will then
           determine whether the omitted work may be made up. When a student reaches that number of
           absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student
           and file an unsatisfactory progress report with the campus dean. Any student who misses 25
           percent or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings may receive a grade of F in the
           course. Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the instructor in the course
           syllabus, are considered a part of the university's attendance policy. A student may petition the
           Academic Council for exceptions to the above stated policies by filing a written request for an
           appeal to the provost/academic vice president.

Course Evaluation (Method of Determining Grade)
        University Grading System
              A      90-100                               I        INCOMPLETE**
              B      80-89                                Cr       FOR CREDIT
              C      70-79                                NCr      NO CREDIT
              D      60-69                                WP       WITHDRAWAL PASSING
              F      BELOW 60                             WF       WITHDRAWAL FAILING

                                                          W       WITHDRAWAL
                **A grade of incomplete is changed if the deficiency is made up by midterm of the next
                regular semester; otherwise, it becomes "F". This grade is given only if circumstances
                beyond the student's control prevented completion of work during the semester enrolled
                and attendance requirements have been met. A grade of "CR" indicates that credit in
                semester hours was granted but no grade or grade points were recorded.
            Elements of Final Grade
                               Quiz Average – 200 points (20 points per quiz)
                               Mid-Term Exam– 250 points
                               Final Exam – 250 points
                               Essays – 250 points (50 points per essay)
                               Participation – 50 points

          Quiz, Exam, & Essay Information
         1. QUIZZES: Quizzes will be given weekly over the reading assignment. The quizzes will cover
the material read in The Learning Bible. Regardless of where we are in the class lecture, the materials
covered on the quizzes will not change. Follow the syllabus and you will do fine. I’ll post the quiz on
Blackboard on Monday at 6AM and remove it Saturday at midnight. The quizzes will be open book, but
once you take it, there are no retakes. Makeup quizzes will be sparingly administered with prior consent of
the instructor. If a student either fails to submit a quiz or obtain prior consent for missing a quiz, the student
will be given a score of zero for that quiz.

        2. MID-TERM and FINAL EXAMS: The mid-term and final exams will cover lecture material. If
you miss the exam and have my prior consent you will be given a different make-up exam. Make up exams
will generally be taken within a week of the scheduled exam. Please contact me to make arrangement for
make-up exams. The final exam will not be comprehensive.

         3. ESSAYS (Five Total): Students will be responsible for an on time submission of a 600-800 word
(about two pages) essay on the given topic or question(s). Each essay will be worth 50 points. Regarding
the content of these essays, please understand the writing assignment before you start writing. If you do not
understand, ask. I want to help you. I want the content of the paper to be upon your thoughts and
interactions, so quotations should be minimal. Finally, please do not try to take a position that you feel I will
find agreeable, in hopes of a better grade or thinking “this is what he [Bryan] wants me to say.” You
should give an honest response that indicates that you are familiar and interacting with the material. If
something in the reading uplifts, encourages, challenges, or upsets you, I want you to tell me in your paper.
         As far as the grading criteria, I am looking for fulfillment of the essay objectives. You will be
graded based upon their success in answering the question and carrying on a logical and coherent argument.
 Also, grammar and spelling matter! There will be a one-point deduction for each grammatical spelling
error with the maximum loss of 20 points for grammar and spelling. Additionally, each student will have
the opportunity to earn ½ (rounded up) of their grammatical/ spelling points loss for the satisfactory
correction of the errors. All corrections must be turned in one week after the return of the papers.
         Some other grading criteria include prompt turn-in time. (Essays should be turned in on the day
marked in the syllabus by the beginning of class. The instructor on a limited basis will approve late
submissions). Essays will lose 3 points for every day they are late. Essays turned in later than one week
after due date will not be received and student will receive the score of zero for that assignment. All essays
will be submitted via safe assignment on Blackboard. Essays will not be received any other way. Finally,
format should be a12-point font and double-spaced reaching a minimum of 600 words. If you are

struggling to meet the required number of words, focus on more content rather than filler words and
         All of this is designed to help you to know how your papers will be graded. My effort is to be fair
to you on the front end. If you focus on solid content presented in a logical format with few, if any,
grammar or spelling errors you will do well. Finally, I want you to do well because I am interested in your
thoughts on the assigned topics.

Academic Honesty (Plagiarism): University students are expected to conduct themselves according to
      the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic misconduct for which a student is subject
      to penalty includes all forms of cheating, such as illicit possession of examinations or
      examination materials, forgery, or plagiarism. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of
      another as one’s own work. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with penalties
      associates with plagiarism stated in the catalog.

        Academic dishonesty, in any of its forms, will not be tolerated.

Services for the Disabled
        It is university policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in,
        be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity
        in the University. The Dean of Students serves the University as coordinator or activities for the
        handicapped and should be contacted concerning initial contact with the Dean of Student’s office as
        soon as possible before registration to ensure adequate time for assistance.

         The syllabus is a guide concerning what we will cover. I reserve the right to change the syllabus,
if needed, to better serve the learning objectives and the class.

          I know that this is a required class and that your familiarity with the Old Testament may be
minimal. The printed prerequisite for the class is listed as “none.” I assume little or no knowledge of the
Old Testament. If you are not a “biblical scholar,” you can do well in the class. At the same time, I expect
that even those who are quite familiar with the Old Testament will be challenged. The bottom line is that I
want you to do well. I want you to love the Old Testament, as I do (or more). This may be your first
interaction with the Old Testament; I want it to be a good one!


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