1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Intro To New Testament

REL 112-001Fall 2021 | 3 Credit Hours


Theodore Trost

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Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Introduction to the Hellenistic world of early Christianity, examining the early traditions about Jesus that were organized into the Gospels and the letters of Paul.

This course is an introduction to the Hellenistic world as the matrix in which Christianity appeared. The course examines the traditions about Jesus that were variously framed and organized in the Gospels and the Book of Acts, the writings of Paul among other letter writers, and the Book of Revelation. The stories, letters, and sermons that constitute this collection will be examined in light of their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Particular emphasis will be placed on narratives and especially the literary qualities of the texts (for example: the uses of symbol, metaphor, repetition; typology and myth; dialogue, narrative technique, and type-scenes), though other approaches to the study of these texts will be considered throughout the semester.

Required Texts

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Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

+ identify the principle methods advanced by the critical approach to Biblical studies

+ recognize the various writing genres presented in New Testament

+ identify the rhetorical strategies of the different epistle and gospel writers

+ describe how the New Testament is structured and how this is related to the structure of the Hebrew Bible

+ recognize the way various authors use Hebrew Bible material in the New Testament

+ explain the historical spread of Christianity beyond the confines of Palestine during the first century

+ account for some of the diversity apparent in the various New Testament writings

Other Course Materials

Additional scholarly and popular publications will appear on BlackBoard.

Outline of Topics

I. The Four Gospels and Acts

II. The Pauline Letters

III. The Letters to the Hebrews and the Letter form James

IV. Revelation

Exams and Assignments

1. FIVE multiple-choice tests of 125 points each. Of these, the FOUR highest results will count toward the final grade = 500 points or 50%

2. FIVE Discussion board questions of 50 points each. Of these, the FOUR highest results will count toward the final grade = 200 points or 20%

3. ONE Final Exam Review Assignment containing at least five well-formulated questions in advance of the final exam = 50 points or 5%

4. Final Exam = 250 points or 25%

5.  EXTRA CREDIT OPTION:  You may earn up to 140 extra credit points by writing brief responses to various questions related primarily to optional readings from the recommended texts.  A total of eight assignments will be made available over the course of the semester.  Your seven highest grades will count toward your final grade.

Grading Policy

Grading Scale

A+ 990 – 1140

A 930 – 989

A- 900 – 929

B+ 875 – 899

B 830 – 874

B- 800 – 829

C+ 775 – 799

C 730 – 774

C- 700 – 729

D+ 675 – 699

D 630 – 674

D- 600 – 629

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

1. All Extra Credit assignments are optional. They are due on designated Fridays as noted in the Course Schedule above. Submissions should be made as an entry on the appropriate Journals page accessible through the Tools Panel on Blackboard.

2. Test 5 (November 15) and Discussion Question 5 (November 10 and November 17) are technically optional, as only four Tests and four Discussion Questions are counted toward the Final Grade. If five tests are taken or if five Discussion Forums are contributed to, the four highest grades in each case will be applied toward the Final Grade.

3. All Discussion Questions are available on the Groups page accessible through the Tools Panel on Blackboard.

4. The "Final Exam Review Assignment" (due Monday, November 22—a day when there is no class meeting scheduled) is required. Submissions should be made as an entry on the appropriate Journals page accessible through the Tools Panel on Blackboard.

Attendance Policy

All students are expected to attend the lectures during the scheduled class period. On occasion, particularly if the coronavirus renders a segment of the class incapable of attending class, recorded lectures will be made available on BlackBoard. Tests will include material presented in the lectures and lectures will present material not available in the optional textbook.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

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