Course: BIB 309, Selected Pauline Epistles
Credit hours: 3 hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Semester: Maymester, 1998
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)
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 are set forth in the OVC catalog. These paragraphs reflect and clarify matters addressed therein as they pertain to this class.]
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).
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.
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.
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
Evaluation 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.
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)
Conclude Thessalonian discussion.
Work on exegetical/sermonic effort
Conclude Ephesians and Colossians.
Homework: Read Bruce, pp. 113-222.
Continue exegetical/sermonic process.
Wednesday Morning— (3)
Exegetical/sermonic reports. Hand in.
Homework: Read Bruce, 223-338
Continue exegetical/sermonic process.
Thursday Morning— (3)
Pauline themes explored.
Finish discussions--Bruce, Tenney, Paul in Acts, Thess., Eph., Col., Phil.
Exegetical/sermonic reports and discuss.
Finish Exegetical/sermonic work.
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.
Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs 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 Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.