Syllabus: Old Testament Theology


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Course:  Old Testament Thought
Course #:  Bible 343
Credit hours:  3 hours
Instructor:  Robert J. Young
Semester:  Fall, 2001
Prerequisites:  Admission to the Bible Program or permission

Required Textbooks
Holy Bible. [The translation you are accustomed to working from, but no paraphrases. A class focused in the theology and teachings of the Old Testament requires serious hermeneutic, exegetical, and homiletic work.]
Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. Toward An Old Testament Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991 paper.

Course Specific Links
Glossary
Historical Overview
Genesis 1-11 Outline
Introduction to Theology
Miscellaneous Notes
Final Review

Course Description/Rationale
Old Testament Doctrine is a companion course to New Testament Doctrine (formerly New Testament Thought). The courses could as well be titled "theology." According to the college catalog, this course will introduce the student to theological studies coupled with a study of the majors themes developed in the Old Testament, including God, mankind, the nature of revelation, sin, salvation, prophecy, God's eternal purpose, worship, ethics, and morality. In addition, a focus of this course will be the search for a center in OT Studies.

Student Expectations
[These paragraphs supplement the OVC catalog as it pertains to this class.]
Attendance Policy
The school attendance policy will be followed. Students whose unexcused absences exceed one week of class will be dropped. Students dropped are required to meet with the professor and submit their plan for maintaining attendance in the class before reinstatement. Unexcused absences will lower the student's final grade up to a grade point for each absence. Excused absences are available only through contact with the instructor the day class is missed or in advance. Students are responsible for consulting with the instructor when absent. The student is responsible for obtaining and completing all assignments.
Classroom Conduct
Students must arrive at class on time. (See catalog.) A student who must arrive at class late is expected to enter class without being disruptive and wait until after class to explain the reason for his or her tardiness. Three tardies count as one absence for purposes of administering the attendance policy.
Late Assignments
Homework must be turned in on time or early. Daily in-class work and quizzes cannot be made up.
Make-up Test Policy
Make-up tests are generally discouraged and unavailable. You must consult with the instructor in advance to arrange an alternate grading plan.
Withdrawal Procedure
Class withdrawal procedures are set forth in the catalog and must be followed. The student must initiate an official process. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdraw. The student who neither attends nor drops the class will ultimately receive an "F" grade.

Goals and Objectives

Criteria for Evaluation
My goal in this class is that you will have some measure of success in all of the above objectives. Little is accomplished if students can pass a class but ignore some objectives entirely. Therefore, our goal is not to master some of the objectives while ignoring others, but to make progress in each objective. The successful student will collaborate with the professor in a mutually stimulating and exciting learning experience. Evaluation will be based upon mastery of these goals and objectives as reflected in class participation, quizzes, homework and other various assignments and examinations as agreed upon by the professor and the students.
The approach to this class is somewhat non-traditional. It is my intention to facilitate learning, and to evaluate that learning as grades are assigned. To this end, we will agree together throughout the course of the semester on structures and materials. We will develop learning objectives together, defined by the students' concepts of desires outcomes and the professor's awareness of the required knowledge base. These will be consistent with the goals and objectives above but may be both broader and narrower. This approach will focus both on acquired knowledge and the development of skills and abilities which encourage continued learning.
The student will be given the opportunity to help define what is to be learned and then to demonstrate what has actually been learned. The goal is to stimulate and support learning both individually and collectively. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning, including mistakes, and such efforts at learning and growth will be noticed and rewarded in the grade assigned.
This requires that each student develop an agenda with the help of the professor, and that the non-critical environment of the class will use mutual discovery, student learning, and agreed upon objectives. Such objectives will be clearly stated so students will know their progress without the professor's input. Essays in the class will encourage a focus on the students' progress and grasp of the material.
Exams will require thoughtful essay responses to topics agreed upon as objectives, with such questions and concepts clearly stated in advance of the tests. Students will be asked to help develop the learning base for the class and held accountable for that base.
What is to be tested then is the ability to write clearly in a way that applies concepts and reflects awareness of the knowledge base. Each student should seek understanding as well as rote knowledge.
This mutual collaboration is designed to create both teaching and assessments that will stimulate learning, with a student-centered result.

Evaluation
	25%	Personalized materials
	20%	Mid Term Test
	10%	Class Glossary
	25%	Class project:  The Theology of the Old Testament
	20%	Final Examination
	100%	Total

Grading Scale
	A	93-100%
	B	85-92%
	C	75-84%
	D	65-74%
	F	<65%
Class Schedule
The general approach to the class will cover one chapter in the text each week with supporting lectures, discussions, student materials and presentations, questions and answers, homework, journals, etc. Materials which students may submit to demonstrate learning include but are not limited to microsummaries of readings; journal, article, site, and book reviews; class notes, an essay entitled "What it means to succeed in this class and how I plan to achieve it," short definitional papers, progress reports, journaling, and other materials such as may be suggested and agreed to by the professor and students.

Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB343. The professor reserves the right to amend any or all of this syllabus as he deems necessary during the course of the semester, and will promptly notify all students involved of the changes.

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Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Provost (Senior Vice President for Student Learning and Development) before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Provost to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.


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