REL 212 (2011 Fall)

REL 212 (2011 Fall) - REL 212 NEW TESTAMENT(ACTS –...

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Unformatted text preview: REL 212: NEW TESTAMENT (ACTS – REVELATION) FALL 2011 INSTRUCTOR: OFFICE: PHONE: E-MAIL: OFFICE HOURS: CLASS TIME & ROOM: Dr. Lincoln Blumell JSB 275F 422-2497 [email protected] MW 1:00-1:50 (or by appointment) REL A 212 sec. 005 TTh 12:00-12:50 REL A 212 sec. 007 TTh 1:00-1:50 323 MARB 323 MARB COURSE OBJECTIVES: In this class, we will “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118; 109:7). We will strive to uphold the standard set by President Howard W. Hunter: “We ought to have a church full of women and men who know the scriptures thoroughly, who cross reference and mark them…and who have mastered the maps, the Bible Dictionary, and the other helps” (Teaching of Howard W. Hunter, 51). Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “In the world today there is an appalling ignorance of the true teachings of the scriptures… Even in the true Church there are few sound scriptorians and theologians who have a comprehensive knowledge of revealed truth… Few have paid the price of intense study, of determined self-discipline, and of righteous living necessary to gain a broad knowledge of the truths of salvation. Nearly all members of the Church need to study the revealed word far more than they now do” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:58). Accordingly, the overall objective of this course is to pay “the price of intense study” to “know the scriptures thoroughly.” Studying the New Testament (hereafter “NT”) “by study and also by faith” will help us accomplish this by: 1) Strengthening our faith in Jesus Christ and our testimony of his gospel. 2) Learning the history, stories, and teachings in the NT. 3) Applying the general principles we learn to daily living. SUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: A BYU education should be spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, leading to lifelong learning and service. As part of obtaining a BYU education, students who successfully complete this course will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired an understanding of the history, stories, and teachings of the NT through the process of rigorous study and personal faith (D&C 88:118). Inherent in the process of learning by study and by faith is the responsibility each student assumes for their part in the learning process. Therefore, students who apply themselves will be able to demonstrate a competent ability to do the following: 1) Understand the foundational or factual information essential for a basic understanding of the history, stories, and teachings in the NT. 2) Comprehend, analyze, and interpret the history, stories, and teachings in the NT. 3) Use foundational knowledge and conceptual understanding of the history, stories, and teachings in the NT. 4) Seek the Holy Ghost as an aid in studying and pondering the history, stories, and teachings in the NT. REQUIRED TEXTS: Standard Works (KJV Bible; B of M; D & C; P of GP). Please bring them to every class! OPTIONAL TEXTS: The Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament: A Side-by-Side Comparison with the King James Translation (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2005). We will discuss the Joseph Smith Translation frequently in class and therefore you may find this book to be a useful resource. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Midterm Exam #1 25% Midterm Exam#2 25% Final Exam 25% Response Paper #1 or #2 10% Quizzes 15%__ Total: 100 Exams All Exams will be written at the BYU Testing Center. Failure to write an exam during the scheduled block will result in a 0 grade. For exam scheduling see Class Schedule below. Additional study information for the exams will be given in class. Response Paper Students will submit one response during the duration of the class. They can either choose to submit Response Paper #1 or Response Paper #2. You only submit one paper! Papers are due at the start of class on date assigned. Late papers will not be accepted. Response Paper #1 (due Sept. 22) (6–8 pp., double spaced, 12pt font) Compare the account of Paul’s Road to Damascus experience (Acts 9; cf. Acts 22:6-16; 16:12-21) with the experience of the sons of Mosiah in Mosiah 27. Then, after reading Alma 36 explain how Paul might have become truly “converted” to the Gospel after his experience. To conclude your analysis, describe what insights you have learned from these passages about being born again and how you will apply these in your life? Response Paper #2 (due Oct. 25) (6–8 pp., double spaced, 12pt font) After reading Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians read Acts 15. What do Galatians and Acts 15 have in common? What specific issues do they address? What decisions does the early church make? What do we learn about church leadership at this time and what important lessons can we learn from these scriptures that we can apply to our lives to make us better disciples of Christ? Quizzes There will be six quizzes during the semester. Each quiz will test students on the assigned reading material for the lecture. The lowest quiz score will be dropped (5 quizzes at 3% each). Four of these quizzes will be pop quizzes taken at the start of class and two quizzes will be take-home quizzes due the next class after they are assigned. Attendance Attendance is taken most every class period by passing around a class-list for students to sign. It is your responsibility to make sure that you sign your name before you leave each class period. Failure to sign the list on any particular day will count as an absence, even if you were present. DO NOT SIGN IN FOR ANOTHER STUDENT! If you come to class, sign the attendance roll, and then leave before class is finished your attendance will not be counted for the day. You are permitted 2 unexcused absences during the semester. For each subsequent unexcused absence your grade will be lowered 2% per absence. Extra Credit There is no extra credit (please don’t ask!). If you desire to improve your grade, spend the time that you would have devoted to the extra credit to prepare for exams and quizzes or spend the extra energy to take more detailed notes in class. GRADING SCALE: The following scale is based on total percentages required to obtain the listed grades. It is possible that based on overall class performance, schedule changes, or other factors the scale may vary from what is shown below, but any variation would always be in the student’s advantage. In no way should the grading of a religion class be considered an evaluation of one’s testimony or sincerity. While testimonies should be strengthened by a serious study and discussion of the scriptures, students are evaluated on their mastery of the material covered in class. A AB+ B BC+ 93 – 100% 90 – 92% 87 – 89% 83 – 86% 80 – 82% 77 – 79% C CD+ D DF 73 – 76% 70 – 72% 67 – 69 % 63 – 66% 60 – 62% 0 – 59% CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE: Both scriptural knowledge and spiritual experience are important. This class is as much about becoming scriptorians as it is about strengthening your testimony and applying principles to your life. The philosophy of this class is that we will invite the Holy Spirit through prayer and then feel its influence by diligent, faithful, and prayerful study and discussion. After prayer and a possible quiz, the remainder of class time will be used for reading key Gospel passages and for lectures on and discussions of the history, stories, and teachings in the Gospels. As your teacher, I will share insights from the historical background, cross-references from other scriptures, teachings from modern prophets/apostles, personal experiences/testimony, and application for daily living. As a class member, you should feel free and confident to raise your hand to ask questions and/or share your own brief testimony, insights, or applications. CLASS ETIQUETTE & POLICIES It is expected that students will come to class on time and will have completed the assigned readings so that they might be prepared to actively participate in class. Students anticipating a class absence should find a classmate willing to loan his/her notes; no lecture notes will be available from the instructor. Disruptive behavior including multiple tardies, cell phone interruption or use (including text messaging), sleeping, and/or other disruptions (talking during class discussion and lectures, reading newspapers) will not be tolerated and may result in a lower grade. If you bring a lap-top computer to class, disruptive behavior also includes playing video games, writing or reading email, and surfing the internet. You will get far more out of this course if you resist the urge to multi-task during class. ADDITIONAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION POLICIES: Religious Education fully supports all University Policies including those that relate to the honor code, sexual harassment, and assistance to students with disabilities. For these policies, see http://reled.byu.edu/policies.php. Answers to frequently asked questions about Religious Education can also be viewed on that same link. REL 212 CLASS SCHEDULE FALL 2011 Week 1 Aug. 30 Sept. 1 Week 2 Sept. 6 Sept. 8 Week 3 Week 4 Sept. 13 Sept. 15 Sept. 20 Sept. 22 Week 5 Week 6 Sept. 27 Sept. 29 Oct. 4 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Oct. 6 Oct. 11 Oct. 13 Oct. 18 Oct. 20 Oct. 25 Oct. 27 Week 10 Nov. 1 Nov. 3 Week 11 Week 12 Nov. 8 Nov. 10 Nov. 15 Nov. 17 Week 13 Nov. 22 Nov. 24 Week 14 Week 15 Nov. 29 Dec. 1 Dec. 6 Background Lecture #1 Introduction; Syllabus; Course Objectives; Mission of BYU BD (= Bible Dictionary): Roman Empire; Caesar; Caesarea; Samaria; Galilee; Judaea; Pilate; Diaspora; Dispersion; Gentile; Hebrew; Temple of Herod ; Claudius; Felix; Festus; Jamnia Background Lecture #2 BD: Athens; Rome; Chronology (pp. 644–45); Greece; Proselytes; Epicureans; Stoics; Castor and Pollux Blumell article posted on Blackboard from New Interpreters Bible Dictionary Background BD: Bible; Bible (English); Codex; Italics; Roll; Scroll; Septuagint; Talmud; Vulgate; Lecture #3 Writing; Canon; Lost Books; Pseudepigrapha; Talmud; Joseph Smith Translation (JST) Blumell Article Posted on Blackboard about Text of the KJV BD: Acts of the Apostles, Luke; Gamaliel Acts 1–5 BD: Paul, Hellenists; Libertines Acts 6–9 BD: Gentile; Circumcision; Cornelius Acts 10–15 BD: Aquila; Areopagus Acts 16–20 Response Paper #1 due Acts 21–28 NO CLASS – MIDTERM EXAM #1* Intro. to Pauline Epistles; BD: Paul, Pauline Epistles—Epistle to the Romans; Blumell article (on Romans Blackboard) “Scribes and Ancient Letters; Huntsman article (on Blackboard) “The Occasional Nature, Composition, and Structure of Paul’s Letters” BD: Election BD: Pauline Epistles—Epistles to the Corinthians; Corinth 1 Corinthians 1–7 1 Corinthians 8–12 1 Corinthians 13–16 2 Corinthians Galatians BD: Pauline Epistles—Epistle to the Galatians; Galatia Response Paper #2 due BD: Pauline Epistles—Epistles to the Colossians; Ephesians; Grace; Ephesians & Colossians Ephesus; Colosse BD: Pauline Epistles—Epistles to the Thessalonians; Thessalonica 1 & 2 Thessalonians BD: Pauline Epistles—Epistles to Titus; Timothy; Pastoral Epistles; Titus; 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus Timothy BD: Pauline Epistles—Epistles to the Philippians; Philemon; Philippi Philippians, Philemon NO CLASS – MIDTERM EXAM #2** BD: Pauline Epistles—Epistle to the Hebrews Hebrews BD: James, and James, Epistle of, Jude, and Jude, Epistle of James, Jude Take-Home quiz due NO CLASS – AWAY AT CONFERENCE NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BD: Peter and Peter, Epistles of BD: John and John, Epistles of; Antichrist BD: Revelation of John; Patmos Take-Home quiz due 1 & 2 Peter 1, 2, 3 John, Revelation 1–11 Revelation 12–22 Dec. 8 FINAL EXAM*** * MIDTERM EXAM #1 Testing Center: Thurs. Sept. 29 – Mon. Oct. 3 (Late Day with Fee [$5.00] Mon. Oct. 3) **MIDTERM EXAM #2 Testing Center: Thurs. Nov 10 – Mon. Nov. 14 (Late Day with Fee [$5.00] Mon. Nov. 14) ***FINAL EXAM WSC 3220 Mon. Dec. 12 – Fri. Dec. 16 (See exam schedule for Final Exam Week) ...
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