BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation      Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 01 (Fall 1997)       Office: Biblical Studies, Room 230
Day/Time: MWF 8:00-8:50am     Telephone: 915/674-3759; Box: 29426
Room: 120, Biblical Studies   Office Hours: MTWTF  9:00-11:00am

Three classmates'   1.
  names and         2.
  phone numbers:    3.


A Study Bible (such as the Harper's Study Bible or the NIV Study Bible; please limit yourself to the Revised Standard, the New American Standard, the New International, or the New Revised Standard versions, but the instructor will be using the Revised Standard Version)

Robert H. Gundry's A Survey of the New Testament (page numbers are given below from the third edition)

Course Description

This course will focus on the history and writings of the early church as presented in Acts through Revelation. It will be divided into three parts. The first part will cover first century church history as seen in the book of Acts. The second part will look at the major books of Romans and 1 Corinthians in some detail. The third part will survey 2 Corinthians through Revelation, focusing on introduction and significant passages within those books.

Course Objectives

  1. To acquaint the student with the historical events and teachings of the early church as found primarily in the book of Acts and the letters of the New Testament.
  2. To develop an academic understanding of reading an ancient text such as the Bible.
  3. To survey Acts and the letters of the New Testament as related to introductory material and significant passages within them.
  4. To help the student come face to face in the scripture with the early Christians' experiences in following Jesus, thus providing a faith building experience for the student.

Attendance and Tardies

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes and daily homework. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Office Hours

I will be in my office ten hours during the week as outlined above. If you have class conflicts with my office hours, you can schedule another time with me. Appointments during office hours will be given precedence over drop-ins, but if you need to see me about something and don't have an appointment, come on up to my office and I will try to squeeze you in. If you need help, please use my office hours. You may also see me both before and after class as time permits. I will be available for extended conferences after class hours if it does not interfere with another class or chapel. No appointment will usually be necessary to see me at this time. If I am not in my office at office hours after a class, check my last classroom to see if a student has detained me there.

Food in the Classroom

This year the dean will allow drinks in the classroom, but not food. Please respect this, and try hard not to spill any drinks you bring to the class.


Your grade for the class will be based on four major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), four written one-page essays, one map, attendance, a visit to my office, the posting of question done by your group to the listserver, and sixty questions from pop quizzes over the reading, collected in-class work, and collected homework. If more than sixty questions are given (not counting bonus questions), only the highest scores toward the sixty points will be counted. If more than ninety-six questions are given (not counting bonus questions), the lowest scores toward thirty-six points will be dropped. Homework is due at the beginning of class. If you are absent, you may request a homework sheet for your own study, but I will not count homework turned in late. I do not accept late homework.

The written essays will be graded as completed or not completed, although essays that do not address the assigned topic can be turned back as not completed. Do at least four of the six assigned. One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name) with 1" margins, or one handwritten page on narrow rule paper, or one and a quarter handwritten pages on wide rule paper (handwritten pages should have no right margin, be complete to the bottom, and skip no lines). I have assigned topics below; the student is expected to develop his or her own thesis. The thesis can relate to either the scriptures or a modern application of the scriptures. In either case, I highly value a paper which includes a good use of scripture in the paper, but not one which is composed almost entirely of quotations and/or paraphrase of scripture. Papers turned in more than one week late will receive half of the credit they would have received if turned in on time.

Draw or trace a map or maps (two or four) of the four journeys of Paul (three missionary and trip to Rome) throughout the Roman world in the first century A.D. showing the routes and all cities visited along the way for each journey. If two or more journeys are included on one map, distinquish the routes by using different colors or types of lines (e.g., solid, broken, dashed, etc.). Extra credit may be given for neatness, detail, and good use of color. N.B.: In lieu of drawing or tracing, it is acceptable to photocopy an outline map of the region and fill it in with the above; however, it is not acceptable to photocopy a map which has any of the above marked on it. You must fill it in.

You will be expected to make an appointment with me to visit me in my office at least once before the end of September.

Group work in and out of class will be graded based on the successful posting of work done by the group to the listserver at Work posted within 36 hours of the end of the class at which it is assigned will be considered for full credit; work posted after that will receive no more than half credit. Only one person in each group should post the work done by the group, but the whole group will receive credit for the work. Everyone in class should obtain an e-mail address and submit it to the teacher for inclusion in the mailing list; no one who fails to do this will receive credit for group work.

Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbook or the New Testament. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

I will give excused absences for the World Mission Workshop at Pepperdine. Students who go will be expected to attend at least a one hour session for each hour missed and turn in a one- page report on the session attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class missed, including those missed for illness. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect. Two grace days will be given to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. This means that twelve absences will result in your final grade being lowered by one letter. In addition, should you have 13 absences, no grade higher than a C will be given. If you have 14 absences, no grade higher than a D will be given. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

If a student should miss as many as fifteen class periods, I will ask the dean's office to drop that student from the class. This may result in your being dropped from all classes and/or the lost of financial aid. Should the dean's office not drop you at 15 absences, a grade of F will be assigned if you have as many as 16 absences. Students who simply quit coming and are not dropped will receive an F. This class is mandatory; it cannot be dropped except for good reason, usually withdrawal from the university.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays/maps may be assigned.

The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

          Essays and Map                                    10%
          Attendance                                        10%
          Pop Quizzes & Homework                            10%
          Listserve Group Work                               4%
          Teacher Conference                                 1%
          Major Tests                                       45%
          Final Exam                                        20%
Only in the area of Essays and Maps will any extra credit be allowed to exceed these percentages. Your final grade will be A, B, C, D, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, a D for 69-60, and an F for any average below 60. Except for highly unusual circumstances (such as an extended stay in the hospital), no I's will be given.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the due date, please ask my permission to turn the work in late. Late homework is not accepted, since the answers will often be given in class. Realizing that other teachers may assign work due at the same time, I will not dock your grade on papers and maps if they are no more than one week late; however, if they are later than one week, expect to have your grade on that assignment lowered by half.

Students who are absent on exam days with good reason may schedule a make-up exam within the next week. You must ask to take a make-up exam.

Students who score less than a 70 on a major exam may petition to retake the exam within a week after grades are returned on it. The highest grade on any retake exam will be 70. Once again, you must ask to retake an exam. There will be no retakes on the final exam. Study hard for it.

MAJOR EXAM DATES:   Exam 1 -- Friday, September 19, 1997
                    Exam 2 -- Monday, October 13, 1997
                    Exam 3 -- Monday, November 10, 1997
                    Final Exam -- Friday, December 12, 1997
                                  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Course Plan

WEEK ONE: History of the Early Church
 8/25/97 -- Introduction to the Course
            homework: read Acts 1-2 and
                      read Gundry's Survey, pp. 295-99, 302-03
 8/27/97 -- The Day of Pentecost
            homework: read Acts 3-5 and Survey, pp. 303-05
 8/29/97 -- Early Church Life

WEEK TWO: History of the Early Church
            homework: read Acts 6-7 and Survey, pp. 305-06
 9/ 1/97 -- Stephen
            homework: read Acts 8 and Survey, p. 306
 9/ 3/97 -- The Samaritans and the Ethiopian Eunuch
            homework: read Acts 9 and Survey, p. 307
 9/ 5/97 -- The Conversion of Saul of Tarsus

WEEK THREE: History of the Early Church
            homework: read Acts 10-11:18 and Survey, pp. 308-09
 9/ 8/97 -- The Conversion of Cornelius
            homework: read Acts 11:19-12 and Survey, p. 310
                      write a one-page essay on the importance of
                            the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts
 9/10/97 -- Antioch Christianity and Peter in Jail
            homework: read Acts 13-14 and Survey, pp. 310, 314-18
 9/12/97 -- Paul's First Missionary Journey

WEEK FOUR: History of the Early Church
            homework: read Acts 15 and Survey, pp. 318-19
                      draw a map showing Paul's missionary
                      journeys and journey to Rome ( point each)
 9/15/97 -- The Circumcision Controversy
            homework: read Acts 16-18 and Survey, pp. 319-25
 9/17/97 -- Paul's Second Missionary Journey
            homework: study for test
 9/19/97 -- Major Exam

WEEK FIVE: History of the Early Church
            homework: read Acts 19-20 and Survey, pp. 325-28
                      write a one-page essay on conversions in
                            the first century
 9/22/97 -- Paul's Third Missionary Journey
            homework: read Acts 21-24 and Survey, pp. 328-32
 9/24/97 -- Paul's Arrest and Trial Before Felix
            homework: read Acts 25-28 and Survey, pp. 333-37
 9/26/97 -- Trial Before Festus and Journey to Rome

WEEK SIX: Studies in Romans
            homework: read Romans 1-3:20
                      read Survey, pp. 341-44, 375-81, 383
 9/29/97 -- The Problem of Sin
            homework: read Romans 3:21-5 and Survey, p. 384
10/ 1/97 -- Justification
            homework: read Romans 6-8 and Survey, pp. 385-86
10/ 3/97 -- Sanctification

WEEK SEVEN: Studies in Romans
            homework: read Romans 9-11 and Survey, p. 386
                      write a one-page essay on grace and
10/ 6/97 -- Election
            homework: read Romans 12-13 and Survey, pp. 386-87
10/ 8/97 -- Practical Christian Living
            homework: read Romans 14-16 and Survey, p. 387
10/10/97 -- Unity

WEEK EIGHT: Studies in 1 Corinthians
            homework: study for test
10/13/97 -- Major Exam
            homework: read 1 Corinthians 1-4
                      read Survey, pp. 359-61, 362-63
10/15/97 -- Unity
            homework: read 1 Corinthians 5-7
                      read Survey, pp. 363-64
                      write a one-page essay on unity in the
                            local church
10/17/97 -- Fornication and Marriage / (World Mission Workshop)

WEEK NINE: Studies in 1 Corinthians
            homework: read 1 Corinthians 8-10
                      read Survey, pp. 364-65
10/20/97 -- Meat Offered to Idols
            homework: read 1 Corinthians 11-12
                      read Survey, pp. 365-66
10/22/97 -- Headcovers, Lord's Supper, and Spiritual Gifts
            homework: read 1 Corinthians 13-14
                      read Survey, pp. 366-67
10/24/97 -- Love and Spiritual Gifts

WEEK TEN: Studies in 1 Corinthians & Paul's other letters
            homework: read 1 Corinthians 15-16
                      read Survey, pp. 367-68
10/27/97 -- The Resurrection from the Dead and Conclusion
            homework: read 2 Corinthians 1:3-14; 2:1-11, 17;
                           3:17-4:2; 4:13-5:15; 6:14-16; 7:5-10;
                           8:1-15; 9:6-15; 11:7-15; 11:21-12:10
                      read Survey, pp. 369-74
10/29/97 -- 2 Corinthians
            homework: read Galatians 1:1-12; 2:11-21; 3:10-14;
                                     3:23-4:7; 5:1-25; 6:11-15
                      read Survey, pp. 344-51
10/31/97 -- Galatians

WEEK ELEVEN: Paul's Letters
            homework: read Ephesians 1:15-2:22; 4:1-16; 4:25-5:6;
                                     5:18-6:4; 6:10-20
                      read Survey, pp. 397-402
11/ 3/97 -- Ephesians
            homework: read Philippians 1:19-26; 2:1-13; 3:1-21;
                      read Survey, pp. 402-08
11/ 5/97 -- Philippians
            homework: read Colossians 1:7, 13-24; 2:1, 8-23;
                                      3:5-21; 4:7-9, 16
                      read Survey, pp. 392-96
11/ 7/97 -- Colossians

WEEK TWELVE: Paul's Letters
            homework: study for test
11/10/97 -- Major Exam
            homework: read 1 Thess. 1:6-10; 2:18; 3:1-2, 6; 4:1-
                           5:22; 2 Thess. 1:5-10; 2:1-11; 3:6-15
                      read Survey, pp. 353-58
11/12/97 -- The Thessalonian Letters
            homework: read 1 Timothy 1:3-4; 2:1-3:13; 4:1-5; 6:6-
                                     13; 2 Timothy 1:5 2:14-4:8
                      read Survey, pp. 413-15, 416-17
                      write a one-page essay on the second coming
                            of Jesus
11/14/97 -- Paul's Letters to Timothy

WEEK THIRTEEN: Paul's and Other's Letters
            homework: read Titus and Philemon
                      read Survey, pp. 416, 390-92
11/17/97 -- Paul's Letters to Titus and Philemon
            homework: read Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 14-18; 3:1-6,
                      12-15; 4:8-16; 5:7-14; 6:1-6; 7:1-3, 11-14,
                      23-27; 8:6-8, 13; 9:15-17, 24-28; 10:1-4,
                      23-27; 11:1-3, 6; 12:1-11; 13:1-8, 15-17
                      read Survey, pp. 421-30
                      write a one-page essay on healthy teaching
                            for the church
11/19/97 -- Hebrews
            homework: read James 1:2-8, 13-17; 1:22-4:3; 4:13-17;
                      read Survey, pp. 431-36
11/21/97 -- James

WEEK FOURTEEN: Other's Letters
            homework: read 1 Peter 1:3, 18-23; 2:2-5, 9-10, 21-
                           25; 3:1-7, 15-22; 4:15-16; 5:1-4, 8-9;
                           2 Peter 1:3-11; 1:20-2:4; 3:3-16;
                           Jude 3-23
                      read Survey, pp. 437-48
11/24/97 -- The Letters of Peter and Jude

11/26/97 -- Thanksgiving Holidays

11/28/97 -- Thanksgiving Holidays

WEEK FIFTEEN: John's Letters
            homework: read 1 John 1:5-2:8; 2:15-23, 28; 3:2-20;
                          4:1-3, 7-8, 18-21; 5:1-3, 8, 13, 16-17;
                          2 John 4-10; & 3 John 5-10
                      read Survey, pp. 448-52
12/ 1/97 -- The Letters of John
            homework: read Revelation 1:9-19; 2:1-7; 3:14-22;
                                      6:1-8; 12:1-17; 20:1-6,
                                      11-15; 21:1-14; 22:17-20
                      read Survey, pp. 457-70
12/ 3/97 -- Revelation
            homework: catch up on reading
12/ 5/97 -- Catch Up and Teacher Evaluation

            homework: study for final exam
12/12/97 -- Final Exam (8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)
N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!


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