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RELS311 - Introduction to the Bible

Course Details

Course Code: RELS311 Course ID: 3638 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course explores the languages, canonization, organization and translation of the Bible. The genres of narrative, poetry, wisdom, law, prophecy, gospels, parables, letters, and apocalypse are analyzed in order to thoughtfully read the Bible without the aid of other reference works. This course is foundational to further Biblical study.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Interpret each of the various sections of the Bible independently, without the aid of commentaries, dictionaries, etc,
2. Articulate and critique various contemporary methods of exegeting (understanding) a Biblical text,
3. Describe the history and transmission of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts of the Bible, and
4. Evaluate and assess the numerous English translations available today.

NameGrade %
Essay Assignments 35.00 %
Week 2 - Initial Reflection Paper 11.67 %
Week 4 - Discussion Paper -Translation 11.67 %
Week 6 - Discussion Paper - Life and Law 11.67 %
Forum Participation 35.00 %
Week 1 Introduction Forum 3.89 %
Week 1 - Exploring the Old Testament 3.89 %
Week 2 - Canon and Organization 3.89 %
Week 3 - Translation and Poetry 3.89 %
Week 4 -- Discussion Paper Topic 3.89 %
Week 5 - The Gospel World 3.89 %
Week 6 - Law and Prophecy 3.89 %
Week 7 - Letters and Apocalyptic 3.89 %
Week 8 - Website Evaluation Discussion 3.89 %
Web Site Evaluation 15.00 %
Week 7 - Website Evaluation 15.00 %
Reading Report and Final Reflection 15.00 %
Week 8 -Reading Report & Final Reflection 15.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Week 7 - Letters and Apocalyptic 0.00 %

Recommended Text
Lawrence, Paul, and A. R. Millard. The IVP Atlas of Bible History. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2006.
Important: To access any e-books that are required for this course, please search the Resources section in the classroom, the Online Library and also read this FAQ - http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=http://ebooks.apus.edu/E-book FAQs.docx

Book Title:The IVP Introduction to the Bible - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780830839407
Author:Johnston, Philip
Unit Cost:$18.57
Book Title:The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781426751073
Author:Kaminsky, et. al.
Unit Cost:$31.16
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Students need two English translations of the Bible (available online at http://bible.com) One translation should be either the New International Version, the New Living Translation or the New American Standard
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.