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					                       MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

CLASS: Introduction to the Old Testament, BIOT 1103
Professor: Dr. Vincent A. Gappa; Office: 222-1782; Home 224-5252; email: gappaf@cox.net
Fall 2005

   I.     BIOT 1103 – Intro to the Old Testament
          Course Description: A general introduction to the background and history of the Hebrew
          people in the Old Testament period. This embraces the sacred writings, prophets, and culture
          of the Hebrew people against the historical, social, political, literary, economic, and religious
          background of mankind to the end of the Old Testament period.

   II.    Course Text(s):
          a. Required
                 i. Discovering the Old Testament: Alex Varughese, Editor
                ii. The Holy Bible: NAS, RSV, or NKJV

   III.   Course Outcomes:
          a. The student will be able to articulate the historical flow of the Old Testament.
          b. The student will be able to identify the cultural, political and economic elements found in
             the Jewish heritage.
          c. The student will be able to articulate the theological dimensions of the Old Testament.
          d. The student will be able to identify and articulate the flow of each of the books of the Old
             Testament.
          e. The student will be able to identify the major literary types of the material in the Old
             Testament and articulate their characteristics.
          f. The student will be introduced to the inductive method of Biblical studies.

   IV.    Course Requirements:
          a. The student is expected to complete all assignments on time. All work turned in late will
             be reduced by one letter grade. After this, the grade will be reduced one letter grade for
             each additional day the work is late.
          b. Attendance – Attendance will be kept for this class. A student’s seventh – tenth absence
             will result in a letter grade of (F) for the course. Each absence beyond the second will
             result in a 2.5% reduction in the student’s final grade.
                      A student who is absent for approved university related activities would be excused
             from these criteria. However all quizzes, test and assignments must be completed the first
             class after the absence.
                      Three tardies will equal one absence.
                      A student, who completes the semester without any absences, will be given a 5%
                      credit of their cumulative points toward their final grade.
          c. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and respectful manner. The
             student is expected to complete all assignments, readings and tests in an honest and ethical
             manner. All work is to be completed individually unless otherwise explicitly stated.

   V.     Class Procedure:
          a. This class will consist of discussion and lecture.
           b. Any cheating in or out of class will result in a failing (F) grade for the class. Cheating
              would be considered copying others work, taking one’s work from a commentary or
              allowing another student to do one’s work.

   VI.     Assignments and Grading:
           a. Five tests worth (100 pts) each will be given. Each test will consist of matching, multiple
              choice, true/false and essay.
           b. One inductive Bible study assignment worth (100 pts) will be required. The IBSM will
              need to be typed using Times New Roman font, 12 pt, double-spaced, 1 inch margins.
           c. The student will complete all readings assignments from Discovering the Old Testament
              worth 10 pts each for a total of (200 pts). The student will hand in a ½ page paragraph
              discussing one element that was unique to them. This should be done using Times New
              Roman font, 12 pt, and double spaced, 1-inch margins.
           d. The Student will take 20 quizzes worth 10 pts each (200 pts) over their assigned readings
              from the Old Testaments.

           e. Grading Scale
                  i. Five Tests – (100 pts each)                                            500 pts
                 ii. Inductive Bible studies – (One 100 pts)                                100 pts
                iii. Reading Assignments – (20 x 10 pts each)                               200 pts
                iv. Quizzes – (20 x 10 pts each)                                            200 pts
                     Total                                                                1,000 pts
                    Scale   930 – 1000                    3.6 – 4.0
                            830 – 929                     2.7 – 3.5
                            730 – 829                     1.6 – 2.6
                            650 – 729                     1.0 – 1.5 Below 650 F

   VII.  Course Overview:
         The following is a tentative outline that will be used to guide the course of study. This is
         subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.
Week 1, Aug. 18
      Review Syllabus, Discuss Inductive Bible Study Method,
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 1 – 2
      Read Genesis chapter 1 – 11 (Outcome A)
      Discuss Biblical Authority (Outcome A)

Week 2, Aug. 23 – 25
      Tuesday – Cap Testing (No Class)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 3 – 4
      Read Genesis chapter 12, 14 – 17 (Outcome A)
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 1 – 4                     10 pts
      Quiz # over Genesis chapters 1 – 12 & 14 – 17                                                     10 pts
      Discuss climate of OT (Outcome A)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 5
      Read Genesis chapter 21, 22, 24, 25, & 32 (Outcome A)
Week 3, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 5                          10 pts
      Quiz # 2 over Genesis chapter 21, 22, 24, 25, & 32                                                10 pts
      Discuss climate of OT & Jewish heritage (Outcome A & B)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 6
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 6                   10 pts
      Discuss – Genesis historically, culturally and theologically (Outcome C – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 7 – 8
      Read Genesis 37, 39 – 45 Exodus 1 – 4 (Outcome A)
Week 4, Sept. 6 – 8
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 7 – 8                10 pts
      Quiz # 3 Genesis 37, 39 – 45 Exodus 1 – 4                                                   10 pts
      Discuss Exodus historically, culturally and theologically (Outcome C – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 9
      Read Exodus 7 – 14, 20 (Outcome A)
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 9           10 pts
      Quiz # 4 Exodus 7 – 14, 20                                                                  10 pts
      Discuss Exodus, Leviticus & Numbers history, culture, & theology (Outcome C – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 10 & 11
      Read Leviticus 16, 18 & 23 Numbers 1:1 4, 3:1 – 15, 5:1 – 4, 6:1 – 4 & 22 – 27, Ch. 11 - 13
      (Outcome A)
Week 5, Sept. 13 – 15
      Tuesday - Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 10 & 11              10 pts
      Quiz # 5 Leviticus 16, 18 & 23 Numbers 1:1 4, 3:1 – 15, 5:1 – 4, 6:1 – 4 & 22 – 27          10 pts
      Discuss Numbers & Deuteronomy history, culture, and theology (Outcome C – E)
      Review for Exam # 1
      Thursday Exam 1                                                                            100 pts
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 12 & 13
      Read Deuteronomy 1 – 6; Joshua 1 – 5 (Outcome A)
Week 6, Sept. 20 – 22
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 12 & 13              10 pts
      Quiz # 6 Joshua 1 – 5                                                                       10 pts
      Review Exam 1
      Discuss Joshua (Outcome B – E)
      Read Joshua 6 – 7, 10, 23, Judges 1 – 2
      Thursday – Quiz # 7 Joshua 6 – 7, 10, 23, Judges 1 – 2                                      10 pts
      Discuss Judges & Ruth (Outcome B – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 14 & 15
      Read Samuel 1 – 5, 8 – 9, 13, 15 – 16 (Outcome A)
Week 7, Sept. 27 – 29
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 14 & 15              10 pts
      Quiz # 8 Samuel 1 – 5, 8 – 9, 13, 15 – 16                                                   10 pts
      Discuss I & II Samuel (Outcome B – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 16 & 17
      Read I Kings 1 – 3, 11, 16:29 – 19:21 (Outcome A)
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 16 & 17             10 pts
      Quiz # 9 I Kings 1 – 3, 11, 16:29 – 19:21                                                   10 pts
      Discuss I & II Kings (Outcome B – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 18 & 19
      Read I Chronicles 15 – 16, II Chronicles 6 – 7, 14 – 16, 18:28 – 21:1 (Outcome A)
Week 8, Oct. 4 – 6
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 18 & 19              10 pts
      Quiz # 10 I Chronicles 15 – 16, II Chronicles 6 – 7, 14 – 16, 18:28 – 21:1                  10 pts
      Discuss I & II Chronicles
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 20
      Read Ezra 1, 3, 6 – 7, Nehemiah 1 – 2, 8, Esther 1 – 4 (Outcome A)
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 20                10 pts
      Quiz # 11 Ezra 1, 3, 6 – 7, Nehemiah 1 – 2, 8, Esther 1 – 4                               10 pts
      Discuss Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther (Outcome B – E)
      Review for Exam 2
Week 9, Oct 11 – 13
      Tuesday Exam 2                                                                           100 pts
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 21 & 22
      Read Job 1 – 3, 38 – 42 (Outcome A)
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 21 & 22           10 pts
      Quiz # 12 over Job 1 – 3, 38 – 42                                                         10 pts
      Review Exam 2
      Discuss Israel’s Poetry & Wisdom (Outcome A & B)
      Discuss Job (Outcome B – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 23
      Read Psalms 1, 23, 32, 42, 51, 103, 150 (Outcome A)
Week 10, Oct. 18 – 20
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 23                 10 pts
      Discuss Psalms (Outcome B – E)
                                                Fall Break
      For Tuesday Oct. 25
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 24
      Read Proverbs 1 – 4, 22, 29, 31 Ecclesiastes 1 – 3:8, 12 Song of Songs 1 – 2 (Outcome A)
Week 11, Oct. 25 – 27
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 24                 10 pts
      Discuss Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (Outcome B – E)
      Review for Exam 3
      Thursday – Exam 3                                                                        100 pts
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 25 & 26
      Read Isaiah 1 – 6, 7, 9, 40:25 – 31, 43:14 – 28, 53, 55:1 – 10, 61:1 – 8 (Outcome A)
Week 12, Nov. 1 – 3
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 25 & 26            10 pts
      Quiz # 13 over Isaiah 1 – 6, 7, 9, 40:25 – 31, 43:14 – 28, 53, 55:1 – 10, 61:1 – 8        10 pts
      Review Exam 3
      Discuss Isaiah (Outcome B – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 27
      Read Jeremiah 1 – 2, 6, 12, 18, 25, 29 – 30 (Outcome A)
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 27                10 pts
      Quiz # 14 over Jeremiah 1 – 2, 6, 12, 18, 25, 29 – 30                                     10 pts
      Discuss – Jeremiah (Outcome B – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 28 & 29
      Read Ezekiel 1 – 3, 24, 34, 37, Daniel 1 – 2, 3 5 – 6 (Outcome A)
Week 13, Nov. 8 – 10
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 28 & 29 10 pts
      Quiz # 15 over Ezekiel 1 – 3, 24, 34, 37, Daniel 1 – 2, 3 5 – 6                           10 pts
      Discuss Ezekiel, Daniel (Outcome B – E)
      Review for Exam 4
      Thursday Exam 4                                                                          100 pts
      Inductive Bible Study Method Explained & Illustrated (Outcome F) Due Tuesday Dec. 8th
      Select a Passage form Jonah
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 30
      Read Hosea 1 – 4, Joel 2, Amos 1 – 2, (Outcome A)
Week 14, Nov. 15 – 17
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 30       10 pts
      Quiz # 16 over Hosea 1 – 4, Joel 2, Amos 1 – 2,                                         10 pts
      Discuss Hosea, Joel, Amos (Outcome B – E)
      Study ISBM handout for quiz # 17
      Thursday – Discuss Inductive Bible Study Method (Outcome F)
      Quiz # 17 ISBM handout                                                                  10 pts
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 30 (Obadiah) & 31 (Jonah, Micah)
      Read Obadiah, Jonah, Micah 1 – 5, (Outcome A)
Week 15, Nov. 22 - 24
                            Thanksgiving Break
Week 16, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 30 (Obadiah)
      & 31 (Jonah, Micah)                                                                     10 pts
      Quiz # 18 over Obadiah, Jonah, Micah 1 – 5                                              10 pts
      Discuss Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (Outcome B – E)
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 31 (Nahum, Habakkuk) & 32
      (Zephaniah)
      Read Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Outcome A)
      Thursday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT
      Chp. 31 (Nahum, Habakkuk) & 32 (Zephaniah)
      Quiz # 19 Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
      Discuss Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
      Read Varughese’s Text Discovering the Old Testament. Chp. 32 (Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi)
      Read Haggai, Zechariah, 1 – 2, 11, 13 – 14, Malachi (Outcome A)
Week 17, Dec. 6 – 8
      Tuesday – Due ½ page paper on Varughese’s Text Discovering the OT Chp. 32 (Haggai
      Zechariah & Malachi)                                                                    10 pts
      Quiz # 20 over Haggai, Zechariah, 1 – 2, 11, 13 – 14, Malachi                           10 pts
      Discuss Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Outcome B – E)
      Thursday – Inductive Bible Study from Jonah Due                                        100 pts
Week 18, Dec 13 – 17
      Final Exam – TBA                                                                       100 pts

				
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