BIBL104: Survey of Old and New Testament

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This survey course is designed to lay a foundational understanding of Scripture via a historical survey of the Old and New Testaments. The student will engage a range of learning activities related to the issues interacting with biblical literature, basic hermeneutical principles, key themes and persons of the canon, and the redemptive theme of scripture.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The course’s motivation is a combination of both edifying and equipping the student. In other words, this course is designed to teach the student to “fish,” as it were, so that in the student’s future walk with God, the student might be able to discern the key theme(s) of Scripture for him- or herself. This will make the student’s own Bible study more effective and increase the student’s utility in being able to convey the story and universal truths of Scripture to others.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. The student must support their assertions in both the thread and two response posts with significant references from the appropriate textbook. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2, and 5, Communication and Information Literacy 1.

Bible Study Project Assignments (4)

The student will complete 4 Bible Study Project assignments where they will demonstrate correct use of the hermeneutical method in order to properly study and understand a passage of Scripture. The student will seek to discover what can be learned from the selected passage when he or she is studying Scripture using the techniques of observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. Rather than using the typical research paper format, these Bible Study Project assignments will be completed by using a template developed from Everyday Bible Study. (CLO: C, D)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2, 3, and 5; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1; Critical Thinking 1.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25–50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1 hour and 30 minute time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1, 2, and 3; Communication and Information Literacy 1; Critical Thinking 1.

Extra Credit GENED Assessment Test

The student may complete a comprehensive General Education Assessment for extra credit. Questions are drawn from the six foundation skills (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). Extra credit point(s) will be awarded for each correct response and will be factored into overall student grades. 

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