Course: BIB308, 1 Corinthians
Credit hours: 2 hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Semester: Spring, 1999
This course meets a requirement both for general education students and for Bible majors. As such, the class may at times seem too simple to some students, and at times the class may seem too difficult for some students. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians. The student will become familiar with the unique setting of 1 Corinthians, the biblical and historical context, as well as themes and theology which can be identified through the study of key words and phrases in the book. The Pauline corpus will serve as a secondary source in the study of Pauline theology and doctrine. Special emphases will be placed upon the contribution 1 Corinthians makes to understanding church problems and dynamics, and to the study of contemporary issues such as women's role and assembly and worship issues.
The major thrust of the course will be the study of the biblical 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 are set forth in the OVC catalog. These paragraphs simply reflect and clarify the matters addressed therein as they pertain to this class.]
The school attendance policy will be followed. Students should note that the evaluation is weighted in favor of regular class attendance. Students are expected to attend class regularly. 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.
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. Materials handed in late will be penalized 10% for each 24 hour period they are late.
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.
Grading Scale [% of possible points]
Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB308. 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.
Each student will be assigned a research project. Papers will be 15 pages, typed, double-spaced. Research projects are due on the date assigned. Following are some suggested general topics. These will likely need to be narrowed. Students may suggest additional topics growing out of their study of 1 Corinthians. Research papers will be graded according to the research paper guide. First Corinthians in the Chronology of Acts
The Theology of 1 Corinthians
Salvation in 1 Corinthians
Church Problems and Dynamics
Marriage and Divorce
The Nature of Worship
The Homiletic Value of 1 Corinthians