BIB 407 Daniel-Revelation                   Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 01  Room: IAC 141                  Day/Time: TTh 2:30-3:50pm
Office: Stotts (NC), Room 243               Telephone: 304/865-6120/295-6486
Office hours: MWF 9-10am; 1-2pm; MTWTh 4-5pm   Credit: 3 hrs.


Course Description

This course will focus on the books of Daniel and Revelation, both of apocalytic genré. Emphasis will be on knowing the narratives, visions, and other religious material contained in the text itself. The course will also cover questions of introduction and background, as well as an examination of the characteristics of apocalytic writings.

Course Objectives

  1. To acquaint the student with the prophetic material of Daniel and Revelation.
  2. To develop an academic understanding of reading an ancient text such as the Bible, especially apocalytic material within that book.
  3. To study introductory material to the books of Daniel and Revelation.
  4. To investigate the nature of apocalytic writing.
  5. To help the student see the religious experience of Old Testament characters, thus providing a faith building experience.

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. 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.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were ill, involved in an accident, on school business, or there was a death in the immediate family. More than three hours of unexcused absences will result in your being dropped from the course. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., more than 8 class periods).

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. Please feel free to interrupt me.

Assignments, Assessment, and Grades

Assessment of whether the objectives have been met will be based on the student's performance on homework and tests assigned by the teacher and on the student's ability to do relevant research on his or her own in papers described below.

Your grade for the class will be based on three major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), three typed papers, one two-bonus-point map on four empires of Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome, attendance, and grades from pop quizzes over the reading, collected in-class work, and collected homework. The papers are on the following: 1) a six-page research paper on a passage from Daniel or Revelation (ideally an exegesis), or on a doctrinal question based on Daniel and Revelation; 2) a four-page book report on Leon Morris' Apocalytic or on any other book on apocalytic of the student's choosing with at least 50 pages length; and 3) a five-page lesson from Daniel or Revelation with an application to Christians today. The pages are full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required). One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name or page numbers) with 1" margins. The typed papers should be written using the Turabian style guide. Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbooks or the Bible. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class may be dismissed or released early for Tuesday of Lectureship Week. Students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class for each hour missed and turn in a one-page report on the class attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class hour missed, including those missed for illness. Each class is defined as containing one and one-half class hours. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect. Two grace hours will be given to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

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

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

                6-page research paper                                10%
                4-page book report                                    7%
                5-page lesson on a character                          8%
                Attendance                                           10%
                Pop Quizzes/Homework                                 15%
                Major Exams                                          30%
                Final Exam                                           20%

Only in the area of 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.

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 accepted only for half credit, 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 the map if it is no more than one (1) week late; however, if it is later than one week, expect to have your grade on that assignment lowered by half. Any of the three typed papers turned in late will dock the paper grade by one-half letter (5%) per class period late.

No paper will be accepted that is more than two weeks late. A paper that is more than one week late may not be rewritten, except in unusual circumstances. A paper must be at least 75% of assigned length in order to be rewritten. The grade on a paper which is rewritten may be increased on content, length, and up to (but not exceeding) a letter grade on mechanical errors. No grade will be given to a paper which contains enough mechanical errors to dock the score by two letter grades. It will be turned back without a score and the rewrite counted as late. Be sure to proofread and spell check! The English proficiency test sets the minimum standard for college papers.

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.


Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVC is expulsion from the college.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.

Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Provost before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, inform your instructor and your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Provost to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

        MAJOR EXAM DATES:         Exam 1 -- Tuesday, February 19, 2002
                                  Exam 2 -- Thursday, March 28, 2002
                                  Final Exam -- Tuesday, April 30, 2002
                                                8:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Course Plan

1/ 8/02 -- Introduction to the Course
           homework: start reading Morris' Apocalyptic (on reserve in the 
                     library) or other book on apocalyptic
1/10/02 -- Apocalyptic Literature

           homework: start reading Morris' Apocalyptic (on reserve in the 
                     library) or other book on apocalyptic
1/15/02 -- Synoptic Apocalypse
1/17/02 -- Synoptic Apocalypse

           homework: read text and Young commentary
1/22/02 -- Introduction to Daniel and Daniel 1
           homework: read text and Young commentary
1/24/02 -- Daniel 2

           homework: read text and Young commentary
1/29/02 -- Daniel 3-4
           homework: read text and Young commentary
1/31/02 -- Daniel 5-6

           homework: read text and Young commentary
2/ 5/02 -- Daniel 7-8
           homework: read text and Young commentary
2/ 7/02 -- Daniel 9

           homework: read text and Young commentary
                     book report on Apocalytic due
2/12/02 -- Daniel 10-11
           homework: read text and Young commentary
2/14/02 -- Daniel 12

           homework: study for test
2/19/02 -- Major Exam
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
2/21/02 -- Introduction to Revelation and Revelation 1

           homework: read text and Morris commentary
2/26/02 -- Revelation 2-3
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
2/28/02 -- Revelation 4-5

           homework: read text and Morris commentary
3/ 5/02 -- Revelation 6
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
                     research paper due
3/ 7/02 -- Revelation 7


           homework: read text and Morris commentary
3/19/02 -- Revelation 8-9
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
3/21/02 -- Revelation 10

           homework: read text and Morris commentary
3/26/02 -- Revelation 11
           homework: study for test
3/28/02 -- Major Exam

           homework: read text and Morris commentary
4/ 2/02 -- Revelation 12-13
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
4/ 4/02 -- Revelation 14-16
Last Week to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!

           homework: read text and Morris commentary
4/ 9/02 -- OVC Lectureship and/or catch up
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
                     Bible lesson due
4/11/02 -- Revelation 17

           homework: read text and Morris commentary
4/16/02 -- Revelation 18-19
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
4/18/02 -- Revelation 20

           homework: read text and Morris commentary
4/23/02 -- Revelation 21
           homework: read text and Morris commentary
4/25/02 -- Revelation 22

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
           homework: study for final exam
4/30/02 -- Final Exam (3:00 - 4:50 p.m.)

N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!


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