Survey of Old and New Testament – BIBL 104

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The course’s motivation is a combination of both edifying and equipping students. In other words, this course is designed to teach students to “fish,” as it were, so that in their future walk with God, they might be able to discern the key theme(s) of Scripture for themselves, therefore making their own Bible study more effective and increasing their utility in being able to convey the story and universal truths of Scripture to others.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify major purposes of the Old and New Testaments.
  2. Summarize the major themes, backgrounds, genres, and content of the Old and New Testaments.
  3. Apply basic hermeneutical principles to the study of biblical literature.
  4. Explain the application of the Old and New Testaments to the Christian life.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

  1. Christianity and Contexts 1: Relate the problem of sin in creation and the redemptive work of Christ, as described in the overarching narrative of Scripture, to various aspects of life and professional disciplines.
  2. Christianity and Contexts 2: Analyze and interpret the biblical text using exegetical methods, employing technology when relevant
  3. Christianity and Contexts 3: Apply the biblical text and its principles to life in a manner that bridges various contexts and considers the implications for personal growth.
  4. Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose
  5. Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.
  6. Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations (MLO: A, B, C, & D)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 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 200 words. The student must support their assertions in both the thread and two response posts with significant references from the appropriate textbook. (MLO: A, B, C, & D)

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

Bible Study Assignments (2)

The student will complete two Bible study assignment where they will demonstrate correct use of the hermeneutical method in order to properly study and understand a passage of Scripture. The students will seek to discover what can be learned from the selected passage when he or she is studying using the technique of observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. Rather than using the typical research paper format, this Bible study assignment will be completed by using a template developed from Everyday Bible Study. The first of these Bible study assignments will be over a selected Old Testament passage. The second of these Bible study assignments will be over a New Testament passage. (MLO: C & D)

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

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study 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. (MLO: 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 – General Education Assessment Test

Students will complete a 28-question General Education Assessment Test that will be used to measure the values, knowledge, and skills they currently possess. Students will answer 4 or 5 questions that are drawn from each of the six key foundation skill areas upon which our general education curriculum is built (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). No test preparation is required; no books or notes are necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to answer every question to the best of their ability. 1 extra credit point will be awarded for each correct response. Extra credit points earned will be automatically factored into students’ scores but will not alter total points possible for the course (1010).