BIB 107.01, Acts-Revelation (2 credit hours)

At Ohio Valley University, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community
that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.

Class days/times/location:
M.01/H.02—MW 2:30-3:20pm; Isom, Room 141
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: Stotts, 123
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: bruce.terry@ovu.edu; Web site: http://bterry.com
Office hours:
M  3:30-4:00pm
T  1:00-5:00pm
W 3:30-4:00pm
Th by appointment only
F  by appointment only

I. Textbooks:

II. Course Description:

BIB 107 Acts through Revelation (2 credits) A survey of the books of the New Testament from Acts through Revelation.

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.

III. Rationale:

This course addresses the following objectives of the School of Biblical Studies:

Faith and Learning Objectives

Course Objectives For Every Student including Majors

Career Objectives

IV. Integrating Faith and Learning:

Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (ESV).  Consequently, this class will use biblical texts and references to texts to help the student grow in faith.  But simply hearing is not enough.  Jesus told those who believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32 ESV).  So it is necessary to keep doing what we learn.  In light of this, this course will also contain references to application of principles learned.  One of the objectives is a faith objective.  It will not be assessed for a grade, but life is such that it will be assessed, one way or another.  My prayer is that you will pass that test of life.

V. Course Objectives and National Standards:

  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.

There are no national standards for undergraduate study of the Bible.  At OVU, we emphasize the biblical text and its application in our lives.

VI. School of Biblical Studies Mission Statement:

At the School of Biblical Studies, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community by encouraging biblical faith to produce life-long truth-seekers who serve God in His kingdom throughout the world.

VII. Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Assessment of whether the objectives have been met will be based on the student's performance on homework and tests assigned by the teacher. Primary academic abilities assessed include the students' ability to read and understand the texts assigned as evidenced by homework and pop quiz grades, and the mastery of the material learned as evidenced by the major exams.

Your grade for the class will be based on three major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), class participation, 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. In addition, a map (explained below) and a two-page typed essay can be done for two points extra credit each. The typed essay will be graded as full (50 or more lines = 1 point) or partial (less than 50 lines = .5 points) and mere summary (.5 points) or thoughtful interaction (1 point), although essays that do not address an assigned topic can be turned back as not completed. Write on one of the following six topics: 1) the importance of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts; 2) conversions in the first century; 3) grace and discipleship; 4) unity in the local church; 5) the second coming of Jesus; 6) healthy teaching for the church. One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name) with 1" margins. Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either those assigned in class or the New Testament. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class may be dismissed if there are classroom conflicts during Lectureship week April 8-11. In such a case, students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class or lecture for each hour missed and turn in signed notes on the class or lecture attended. The signed notes will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for class participation. One-third point will be deducted for each class in which the student fails to bring his or her Bible to class. Failure to actively work with one's group will result in the same lost. One point will be deducted for each class hour missed (counting each class as 1 hour). Absences due to illness will be counted as excused, but only if I am notified of the illness in a timely manner. Do not come to class sick. Another excused absence will be those missed on official school business with an official notice to this effect; up to five such absences will not count against the student's grade if the student has no unexcused absences. Two grace hours will be given to all students to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace hours will be applied first to excused absences.

Class handouts and homework are found on the Internet at: <http://bterry.com/actstorev/>. Homework may be printed out, done early, and turned in up to a week before the due date if the student knows of an absence that is coming up. Late homework is not accepted.

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

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. If you will miss due to a school excused absence, please pick up and turn in the homework early. 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 (1) week late; however, if it is later than one week, expect to have your grade on that assignment lowered by half. No assignment will be accepted that is more than two weeks late.

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. If a student misses an exam without good reason and is allowed to take the make-up exam, the grade on that exam will be docked by one letter grade (10 points). There is no guarantee that such a student will be allowed to make up any 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.

Bible Map instructions

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, distinguish 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. An outline map of the Roman empire is found on the Internet at: http://bterry.com/maps/romaneml.gif.

Definition of a Credit Hour

In 2011, the US Department of Education and OVU's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, established requirements regarding how much time is required to be spent on a course for each credit hour earned. As a result, all colleges and universities have been required to establish policies that adhere to this definition. In keeping with this requirement, OVU expects you to spend a minimum of two hours outside of class doing course work (reading, doing homework, writing papers, reviewing for tests, etc.) for each hour you spend in the classroom. Because this is a 2-credit hour course, you should expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours each week outside the classroom doing work for it.

VIII. Grading System:

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

            Class Participation            10%
            Pop Quizzes/Homework           15%
            Major Tests                    50%
            Final Exam                     25%

Only in the area of Essays and Maps will any extra credit be allowed to exceed these percentages. Also, extra credit in the course will be given for a one-page paper about yourself. 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.

IX. Academic Integrity Policy:

Because Ohio Valley University expects students to follow the highest standards of honorable conduct in all areas of life, it is essential that students maintain high standards of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarizing (whether intentionally misrepresenting another's work as one's own or failing to follow appropriate requirements of documentation), and helping others cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards, as is falsifying records such as those kept for field experiences, practica, internships, etc. Students who engage in these behaviors in a course in which they are enrolled will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, being placed on restricted status (i.e., the student will not be allowed to participate in on-campus activities, including intramurals, and may not represent Ohio Valley University in public events, including athletic competitions, performances, and presentations), or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University.

Students who engage in these behaviors when they are unrelated to a course in which they are enrolled will also face appropriate consequences, which could include being placed on restricted status or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. If a student believes he or she has been falsely accused of academic dishonesty, or if the student believes the consequences of an incident of academic dishonesty are unjust, the student may ask that the situation be reviewed. To ask for a review, the student should give to the Provost written notice of the appeal and the reasons for it within three business days of being informed of the consequences of the alleged incident; detailed instructions about the appeal procedure are available in the catalog or from the Provost.


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 OVU is expulsion from the University.

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.

Professional Dress

Students should dress modestly regardless of the type of clothes that they choose, and be aware that first impressions count and are often dictated by clothing choices. Specifically, members of the University community should avoid clothing that is revealing and/or features offensive slogans, language, or advertisements. Examples of revealing clothing include but are not limited to: midriffs or halters, mesh or netted shirts, tube tops, low cut blouses, short skirts and shorts exposing the upper thigh. Very tight clothing should be avoided. Examples of offensive slogans, language or advertisements include but are not limited to: curse words, sexually suggestive language or gestures, and references to alcohol or drugs.

Electronic Devices

Please turn cell phones OFF or ON SILENT before entering class. You may place your cell phone on your desk as a clock; otherwise, keep it put away. The use of cell phones, computers, and tablets for texting, calling, emailing, googling, checking the internet, tweeting, using facebook, and/or playing games is not permitted; such is distracting both to the students doing such and the students around them. Please put these electronic devices away. Do not use your device out of sight under the desk. If you should use your device in class without the teacher's permission, you will be asked to put it in the teacher's basket for the duration of the class period. I reserve the right to count you absent wholly or partially should you disregard this. Cell phone, smartwatch, or tablet use for voice, text, or data during a test will result in failure of that test!

X. Policy for Attendance and Tardies:

OVU Catalog:

Regular class attendance is most important. There is the potential for learning during each class session, and these opportunities are irreplaceable. By attending class, students have a deeper and richer learning experience, and they are often exposed to others' viewpoints. Instructors are responsible for recording attendance in each of their classes.

Students are responsible for knowing the attendance policy for each course and clearing excused absences with the instructor. Although students involved in Ohio Valley University activities may need to be excused from a class session, it is the student's responsibility to request the absence from the instructor and to discuss with the instructor how the absence may affect the student's ability to meet course requirements. While instructors should make reasonable accommodations for students who miss class because of Ohio Valley University-sponsored activities (e.g., academic competitions, performances, and athletic competitions) or other sound reasons (e.g., illness or family emergencies), students should recognize that not every course can accommodate absences and that neither the absence nor the notification of the absence will relieve the student from meeting course requirements.

A student who stops attending class sessions (or participating in an online course) for three consecutive weeks without a justifiable reason will be dropped from the course and given a grade of W (Withdrawal) if dropped before the 12th week of the semester; if the student is dropped after the 12th week of the semester, the grade will be F-IW (Failure-Improper Withdrawal). If the course in question is a course from which a student may not withdraw, the grade will be F-IW regardless of when in the semester the student is dropped.

Bible Class attendance policy

A student who is dropped from a required Bible course for violating the university's Class Attendance Policy will receive a grade of F-IW. If this is the first time a student has received a final grade of F-IW in a required Bible course, the student will be placed on Bible Course Probation for the next full semester. While on Bible Course Probation, a student will not be allowed to participate in university-sponsored activities, including student organizations and intramurals, and may not hold an elective campus office. In addition, a student on Bible Course Probation will not be allowed to represent Ohio Valley University at various events, including performances (except those required as part of a course), intercollegiate athletics, and other competitions. If this is the second time a student has received a grade of F-IW in a required Bible course, the student will be suspended from the university for one semester. See the catalog section "Bible Class Attendance Policy" for additional details.

Course Policy:

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. I do count half and other fractional absences.

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 hospitalized, ill with a contagious disease, involved in an accident, on school business (up to five hours), or there was a death in the immediate family. More than five hours of absences which include three hours of unexcused absence will result in your being dropped from the course with either a W or an F at my discretion. 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 30% of the hours of the course (i.e., as many as 10 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course (if possible). I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning at any time once you have at least 5 total absences or 3 unexcused absences. If you are dropped for any reason, reinstatement is not guaranteed and will be granted only if a plan for success is presented. Note well: Absences may adversely affect your grade, as outlined above under the topic Course Requirements. A drop from your only Bible course may affect your ability to enroll in the next semester.


If (and only if) you are unable to complete assigned work for the class because of an extraordinary life-event, you may request a grade of Incomplete. The request must be made through the registrar's office seven calendar days prior to the last day of class, and the Provost reviews these requests. The procedure is defined in the OVU catalog.

XI. 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.

XII. Bibliography:

No bibliography listed for a survey course.

XIII. Course Calendar:

      MAJOR EXAM DATES: Exam 1 -- Wednesday, February 17, 2021
                        Exam 2 -- Wednesday, March 24, 2021
                        Final Exam -- Monday, May 3, 2021
                                      3:00 - 4:50pm

Course Plan

WEEK ONE: Introduction and Acts
 1/11/21 -- Introduction to the Course and Acts
            homework: read the introduction to Acts in Guthrie or Gundry
                      read Acts 1-2
                      learn the books of the New Testament
 1/13/21 -- The Day of Pentecost 

           homework: read Acts 6:1-8:25
 1/21/21 -- Stephen and the Samaritans

            homework: read Acts 8:26-9:31
 1/25/21 -- The Ethiopian Eunuch and Saul of Tarsus
            homework: read Acts 10-11
 1/27/21 -- Cornelius and Antioch

            homework: read Acts 13-14
 2/ 1/21 -- Paul's First Missionary Journey
            homework: read Acts 15
 2/ 3/21 -- Jerusalem Conference

            homework: read Acts 16:1-18:22
                      draw a map of Paul's four journeys
 2/ 8/21 -- Paul's Second Missionary Journey
           homework: read Acts 18:23-21:16
 2/10/21 -- Paul's Third Missionary Journey
            homework: read Acts 21:17-28:31
 2/15/21 -- Paul's Trials and Journey to Rome
            homework: study for test
 2/17/21 -- Major Exam

            homework: read the introduction to Romans in Guthrie or Gundry
                      read Romans 1-5
 2/22/21 -- Sin and Justification
            homework: read Romans 6-11
 2/24/21 -- Sanctification and Election

            homework: read Romans 12-16
 3/ 1/21 -- Christian Living and Unity

WEEK EIGHT: I Corinthians
            homework: read the introduction to I Corinthians in 
                           Guthrie or Gundry
                      read I Corinthians 1-4:17
 3/ 8/21 -- Overview of I Corinthians and Unity
            homework: read I Corinthians 4:18-7:40
 3/10/21 -- Fornication and Marriage

WEEK NINE: I Corinthians
            homework: read I Corinthians 8-11
 3/15/21 -- Meat Offered to Idols, Headcoverings, Lord's Supper
            homework: read I Corinthians 12-14
 3/17/21 -- Spiritual Gifts

WEEK TEN: I Corinthians and Exam
            homework: read I Corinthians 15-16
 3/22/21 -- Resurrection
            homework: study for test
 3/24/21 -- Major Exam

For each of the following New Testament books, read the introduction in Guthrie or Gundry.

WEEK ELEVEN: II Corinthians and Galatians
            homework: read in II Corinthians as assigned
 3/29/21 -- II Corinthians
            homework: read in Galatians as assigned
 3/31/21 -- Galatians

WEEK TWELVE: Paul's shorter letters
            homework: read in Paul's letters as assigned
 4/ 5/21 -- Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
            homework: read in Paul's letters as assigned
 4/ 7/21 -- Letters to Thessalonians, Timothy, and Titus
Last Week to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!

WEEK THIRTEEN: Hebrews and James
            homework: read in Hebrews as assigned
                      extra credit essay due
 4/12/21 -- Hebrews
            homework: read in James as assigned
 4/14/21 -- James

WEEK FOURTEEN: Peter, and Jude
            homework: read in Peter and Jude as assigned
 4/19/21 -- I and II Peter and Jude
            homework: read in John's letters as assigned
 4/21/21 -- John's Letters

WEEK FIFTEEN: John's letters and Revelation
            homework: read in Revelation as assigned
 4/26/21 -- Revelation
 4/28/21 -- Catch Up

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
            homework: study for final exam
 5/ 3/21 -- Final Exam (3:00-4:50pm)

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


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