Syllabus: Selected Pauline Epistles

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Course: BIB 309, Selected Pauline Epistles
Credit hours: 3 hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Semester: Maymester, 1998
Prerequisites: None

Required Textbooks
Holy Bible. (Translation of your choice, no paraphrases.)
F. F. Bruce. Paul Apostle of the Heart Set Free. Eerdmans.
Merrill Tenney. New Testament Survey. Eerdmans. (Suggested, on reserve)

Course Description
This course is designed to acquaint the student with selected Pauline passages. Primary work will be done from the Thessalonian correspondence and the Prison Epistles. The student will become familiar with the Pauline chronology and will be introduced to Pauline themes and theology through the study of key words and phrases in the text.
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. The student will also be expected to spend significant time in primary research tools to develop an understanding of the text and a procedure whereby other texts may be examined.

Student Expectations
[Student expectations are set forth in the OVC catalog. These paragraphs reflect and clarify matters addressed therein as they pertain to this class.]
Attendance Policy
The school attendance policy will be followed. Students must attend class. Excused absences are available only through contact with the instructor the day class is missed or in advance. No absences are allowed during Maymester except in extreme cases. Students are responsible for consulting with the instructor when absent, and are responsible for obtaining and completing all assignments. The student may expect the final grade to be significantly reduced if absences are excessive (up to a grade point for each week of absences during a semester).
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.
Late Assignments
Homework must be turned in on time or early. Daily in-class work and quizzes cannot be made up. No makeup examinations are available in this class.
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 items 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 general content of the Pauline corpus
  • 2. Mastery of the chapter-content information of the selected Pauline texts
  • 3. Personal Research (includes exegetical work in the selected or assigned text and application of the selected or assigned text through a sermon [or class].)
  • 4. Personal reflection paper demonstrating the student's ability to personally interact with the Pauline text in ways consistent with the meaning of the author and applicable to contemporary culture and experience.
  • 5. Daily Bible reading is encouraged in the Pauline texts studied.
    	50	Research--Exegetical work (Sermon or class)
    	20	Personal Reflection paper
    	20	Book review
    	10	Final examination over content
    	100	Total points possible
    Grading Scale [% of possible points]
    	A	93-100%
    	B	85-92% 
    	C	75-84%
    	D	65-74%
    	F	<65%
    Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB309. The professor reserves the right to amend any or all of this syllabus as he deems necessary during the course of the class, and will promptly notify all students involved of the changes.

    Monday Morning (3)
    Introduce Bruce and Tenney texts. Explain syllabus.
    Introduce sermonic (class) development model.
    Assign specific books and texts for exegetical and sermonic work.
    The occasional nature of Pauline correspondence, the general outline of epistolary form, possible themes.
    Read Thessalonian correspondence for themes.
    Review Tenney, chap. 15.
    Become familiar with Acts 16-20.
    Afternoon (4)
    Acts 16-20.
    Thessalonian correspondence.
    Initial overview of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians.
    Homework: Read Bruce, pp. 1-112.
    Research and make list of Pauline themes (use Bruce, Tenney and library.) Hand in.
    Read Ephesians and Colossians.
    Review Tenney chap. 16.
    Begin exegetical/sermonic process.
    Tuesday Morning (3)
    Discuss Bruce.
    Conclude Thessalonian discussion.
    Ephesian correspondence.
    Afternoon (4)
    Colossian correspondence.
    Work on exegetical/sermonic effort
    Evening (3)
    Conclude Ephesians and Colossians.
    Homework: Read Bruce, pp. 113-222.
    Read Philippians.
    Continue exegetical/sermonic process.
    Wednesday Morning (3)
    Discuss Bruce.
    Philippian correspondence.
    Afternoon (4)
    Exegetical/Sermonic work.
    Exegetical/sermonic reports. Hand in.
    Homework: Read Bruce, 223-338
    Continue exegetical/sermonic process.
    Thursday Morning (3)
    Discuss Bruce.
    Pauline themes explored.
    Afternoon (4)
    Finish discussions--Bruce, Tenney, Paul in Acts, Thess., Eph., Col., Phil.
    Exegetical/sermonic reports and discuss.
    Finish Exegetical/sermonic work.
    Evening (3)
    Final examination.
    Homework: Be ready to present sermon. Exegetical and sermonic notes may be turned in later.
    Friday Morning-- (3)
    Sermon presentations. Hand in.
    Hand in book reviews by due date over all of Bruce.


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