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 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:
- Identify major purposes of the Old and New Testaments.
- Summarize the major themes, backgrounds, genres, and content of the Old and New Testaments.
- Apply basic hermeneutical principles to the study of biblical literature.
- Explain the application of the Old and New Testaments to the Christian life.
General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes
- 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.
- Christianity and Contexts 2: Analyze and interpret the biblical text using exegetical methods, employing technology when relevant
- 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.
- Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose
- Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.
- Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
Textbook readings and 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 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. (MLOs: 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 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 students 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. (MLOs: 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.
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. (MLOs: 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).