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Introduction to Biblical Studies

Course Objectives and Assessment

This web page was last updated on 14 June 2012

Course Objectives:

(1) Successfully complete an on-line course so that you'll know you can do it and taking other on-line courses will be a viable option in your TRiM program.

(2) Gain exposure to, engagement with, and respect for the academic discipline of Biblical Studies as it is practiced today. This includes:

(a) reading academic writing and understanding how it differs from popular writing
(b) recognizing and utilizing text critical and translational issues, as presented in the NRSV's textual and translational ("T&T") notes
(c) recognizing and using extra-biblical archaeological and textual resources relevant to the "world behind the text"
(d) analyzing biblical texts using tools of literary criticism
(e) demonstrating some understanding of how to appropriately use the fruits of biblical scholarship in ministry

(3) Observe and reflect with your classmates on ways that the Church of the Brethren approaches Scripture.

Assessment of Student Work in This Course:

In order to receive credit in this course
(1) you must accumulate at least 80 of the 100 possible points for weekly discussion, quizzes, group project, and language lab
AND
(2) you must demonstrate adequate mastery of the 3 "content" areas by satisfactorily completing the final individual project.

It's OK to work ahead but you must NOT get behind!

(1) accumulate at least 80 of the 100 possible points:

6 points for the online quiz at Orientation

16 points for the small group project in week 5

48 points for discussion in weeks 1,2,3,4, 6, and 7 (no small groups), 8 points per week

16 points, 2 points for each of the 8 weekly Language Labs. For full credit each week, read the week's Workbook unit and listen along with the CD tracks, three times or more. This should take a total of one hour per week, or less.

4 points for the Greek and Hebrew quiz in week 1
10 points for the Greek and Hebrew quiz in week 8
You can take the quizzes as many times as you want, and only your best score counts.

Summary of points:
6 Orientation Quiz
16 Small Group Project (week 5)
48 Discussion Participation
16 Language Lab
14 Language Quizzes
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100 TOTAL - of which you need at least 80 to pass the course

(2) demonstrate adequate mastery of the 3 "content" areas of the course, by satisfactorily completing the final individual project in week 8:
(1) text/translation issues
(2) use of extrabiblical evidence from the ancient world
(3) literary analysis