Syllabus: Luke-Acts

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Course: Luke-Acts
Course #: Bible 402
Credit hours: 3 hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Semester: Maymester, 1997
Prerequisites: None

Required Textbooks
Holy Bible.

Course Description
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the general content of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. In addition, the student will become familiar with the common themes of Lucan theology through the study of key words and phrases. Lucan theology will be understood for its contribution to New Testament and biblical theologies.
The major thrust of the course will be the study of the text itself. The primary resource will be the English text, but the student may expect to be encouraged and challenged to examine the Greek text as skills and interests allow.

Student Expectations
[Student expectations are set forth in the catalog. This section clarifies attendance policy for this class.]
General Attendance Policy
The school attendance policy will be followed with the additional guidelines set forth here. The professor weights evaluation in favor of regular class attendance and much learning takes place during class time. Daily participation and quiz grades will not be recorded or made up for absent students. Further, students with excessive absences may not perform successfully on exams.
Class attendance is mandatory. Students with one week of absences will automatically lose a letter grade from their final class grade. Students exceeding one week of absences will be dropped from the class. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the instructor (in advance if possible) when an absence must occur. No distinction is made for excused or unexcused absences. When absent, the student is responsible for obtaining all assignments and completing any work missed.
Specific Attendance Policy
No absences are allowed in Maymester.
Classroom Conduct
Students are expected to arrive at class on time. (See the catalog for details.) If a student must arrive at class late for an unforeseen circumstance, he or she is expected to enter class without being disruptive and wait until after class to explain the reason for his or her tardiness.
Late Assignments
Homework must be turned in on time or early. Late homework will not be accepted. Daily in-class work and quizzes cannot be made up.
Make-up Test Policy
Make-up tests are generally not given. In emergencies only, arrangements for make-up exams must be made with the instructor prior to the exam.
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 receive an "F" grade.

Goals and Objectives

Criteria for Evaluation
The successful student will master each of the course objectives to some degree--no item will be completely omitted. The successful student will cooperate 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.
Class Requirements
1. Mastery of the content of Luke-Acts.
2. Personal Research, topical research, and vocabulary research with annotated bibliographies.
3. Daily Bible reading is expected in Luke and Acts. The student will read all of the Lucan corpus during this class.
4. Two sermons.
5. Understanding of Luke's theology with the contemporary applications.
6. Successful scoring on the final examinations.

	20	Participation  and daily homework, research or quizzes
	40	Sermons and research work
	40	Book tests
	100	Total

Grading Scale [% of possible points]
	A	93-100%
	B	85-92% 
	C	77-84%
	D	70-76%
	F	<70%
Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB402. 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.

Research Expectations
Each student will do research in lieu of a single text. Papers will be typed, double-spaced.
Lucan "reversal stories"
Themes: journey motif, women, households, children, universalism, repentance, salvation, Gentiles, joy, prayer, Holy Spirit, Poor-rich, sinners. What other themes might be identified?
How would you outline Luke? Reflect plan and purpose.
Briefly treat Luke's sources.
Is Luke 16 a parable? Support your answer.
Briefly treat the identity of Theophilus.
How would you outline Acts? Discuss the plan and purpose of Acts.
Themes: addition and multiplication of disciples, witness, resurrection, OT prophecy fulfilled, universality, conversions, Holy Spirit, apostolic authenticity, community/fellowship, [also check themes from Luke].
What is the significance of the summary passages in Acts?
What is the significance of "package words" in Acts?
List the possible purposes of Acts.
What reasons can be given to support Lucan authorship of Acts?
Explain Acts 2:36-39 phrase by phrase.
Why did Christ appear to Paul (26:16)?
What is the significance of Acts 15 in the book overall?
What is the significance of the concluding statement in Acts 28:31?
How does Luke treat conversion stories in Acts?
How does Luke treat sermons in Acts?
Briefly define: Pentecost, Hellenists (Acts 6), purpose of the Ananias and Sapphira story, purpose of Peter's vision (Acts 10), Cornelius, Areopagus, what is the content of the sermon in Acts 17, Apollos, Artemis, Asiarchs, break bread in Acts 20:7, Claudius Lysias, Tertullus, Felix, Festus, Bernice, Agrippa

Course Outline
Day 1:
Activities: overview synoptics and Luke, assign theme research homework, bibliography, intro to Lucan theology
Homework: Read all of Luke, do theme research (written), use supplied outline to generate sermon structure
Day 2:
Activities: oral theme reports, discuss Luke 1-9:17 (text and theology)
Due: written theme research, written summary of initial sermon work
Homework: Reread Luke, begin theology reading, continue theme research (broaden), begin research (answers and bibliography), work on sermons
Day 3:
Activities: discuss Luke 9:18-18:34
Due: oral sermon presentations (3-5 minute summaries of the skeleton)
Homework: continue to read in Lucan theology and text, continue work on sermons
Day 4:
Activities: discuss Luke 18:35-24:53
Due: sermon outlines
Homework: finish reading in Lucan text and theology, finish sermon
Day 5:
Activities: finish discussion of Luke, test over Luke, introduce and overview Acts with Lucan theology, assign theme research homework, bibliography
Due: Luke sermons, annotated bibliography, research results
Homework: read all of Acts, do theme research (written), use supplied outline to generation sermon structure, survey library materials on Acts to begin bibliography
Day 6:
Activities: oral theme research reports, Discuss Acts 1:1-9:31 (text and theology)
Due: written theme research, written summary of initial sermon work
Homework: Reread Acts, do theology reading, continue theme research (broaden), begin research (bibliography and answers), work on sermons
Day 7:
Activities: discuss Acts 9:32-16:5 (text and theology)
Due: oral sermon presentations (3-5 minute summaries of the skeleton)
Homework: continue to read in Lucan theology and text, continue work on sermons and research/bibliography
Day 8:
Activities: discuss Acts 16:6-21:16 (text and theology)
Due: sermon outlines
Homework: finish reading in Acts text and theology, finish sermon, work on research/bibliography
Day 9:
Activities: discuss Acts 21:17-28:31 (text and theology)
Due: Acts sermon
Homework: finish bibliography and research, final Acts readings in text and theology, review for Acts test
Day 10:
Activities: finish discussion of Acts, test over Acts
Due: annotated bibliography, research results


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