BIB 205H/M.01 Old Testament Survey (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: TTh 4:15-5:05pm
Location: East Bible Annex, Room #09
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: East Bible Annex, Room #201
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: bruce.terry@ovu.edu; Web site: http://bterry.com
Office hours:
M  2:15-3:15pm; 4:15-5:15pm
T  1:15-4:15pm
W 2:15-3:15pm; 4:15-5:15pm
Th 1:15-4:15pm
F  by appointment

I. Textbooks:

II. Course Description:

BIB 205 Survey of the Old Testament (2 credits) A survey of the books of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi, designed to acquaint students with OT historical chronology and events, OT wisdom and prophetic literature, as well as such themes as the acts and nature of God, His covenants with mankind, and the morality He expects of man.

This course will be divided into three parts. The first part will cover the stories and books of the Pentateuch. The second part will cover the books of History (Joshua through Esther). The final part will cover the Wisdom and Prophetic books of the Old Testament. There will be some emphasis on Old Testament themes such as creation, covenant, God's promise, the acts of God, and the coming Messiah.

III. Rationale:

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

Faith and Learning Objectives

Course Objectives For Every Student

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 of the Old Testament and the teachings found in it.
  2. To develop an academic understanding of reading an ancient text such as the Bible and its use in historical reconstruction of events.
  3. To place the events of the Old Testament within their geographical and cultural setting.
  4. To help the student come face to face with God in all His complexity in the scripture, thus providing a faith building experience.

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 and on the student's ability to do relevant research on his or her own in papers described below. 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. Class participation will be measured by such activities as active listening, taking notes, asking questions, engaging in class discussion, and participating in group projects in class. Non-participation will be indicated by failure to attend class, significant tardies to class, sleeping in class, doing homework for another class, using electronic devices for non-class purposes, and excessive and extensive trips to the restroom, among other things that take attention away from the class.

Your grade for the class will be based on three major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), class participation, maps and oral stories, questions from pop quizzes over the reading, and collected homework. Three maps and three oral story reports are assigned; five of the six are required; one map (and perhaps a fourth story) is extra credit. The maps (explained below) and the oral story reports are done for two points each. Students will be assigned three or four stories from the Old Testament to present orally to the class. The oral presentation count up to two points each. Stories should contain enough details that will help the class remember the stories and the details within them. Students may also earn extra credit by attending Tour of Israel powerpoint presentations (one point each). These will be at 7pm on the first Tuesday of Sept., Oct., and Nov. in room 05. Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either those assigned in class or the Old Testament. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class will be excused for students attending the World Missions Workshop. 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 class participation. One point will be deducted for each class hour missed (counting each class as 1 hour), 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; 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/otsurvey/". 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.

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.

Definition of a Credit Hour

The US Department of Education and OVU's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, have 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.

Bible Map instructions

Pentateuch Map

Draw or trace a map of either Abraham's journeys or the route of the exodus from Egypt into Canaan. Be sure to label countries, major cities, bodies of water and use arrows along the routes to show the direction of travel. If you choose the route of the exodus, give alternate sites for Mount Sinai.

History Map (mandatory)

Draw or trace a map of Palestine following the conquest of Canaan showing at least the following:

Bodies of Water: Mediterranean Sea, Dead Sea, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee

Regions: The twelve tribes and regions of Bashan and Gilead

Cities: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Ai, Hazor (Hatsor), Bethel, Dan, Shiloh, Gibeon, Gibeah, Beth Shan, Megiddo, Hebron, Gath, Ashdod, Ashkelon

Mountains: Nebo, Ebal, Gerizim, Gilboa, Carmel

Prophets Map

Draw or trace a map of the Ancient Near East showing the extent of the following empires: Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. Be sure to label the bodies of water, the countries within and around the empires, and the major cities of the countries, including the capitals.

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. Outline maps are found on the Internet at: <http://bterry.com/maps/>.

VIII. Grading System:

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

        Class Participation                                       10%
        Pop Quizzes/Homework                                      15%
        Maps and Oral Story Reports                               10%
        Major Tests                                               40%
        Final Exam                                                25%

Only in the area of Oral Stories, Israel Powerpoints, 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 introduction of yourself. Extra credit points may not exceed five (5). 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 and Scholastic Conduct 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 vice president for academic affairs 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 Vice President for Academic Affairs.


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, and 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 or ON AIRPLANE MODE 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, smartwatches, computers, and tablets for texting, calling, emailing, googling, checking the internet, tweeting, using facebook and snapchat, 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 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; since class participation is part of the basis for the grade given, failure to attend means that you cannot participate in class and earn these points.. 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 vice president for academic affairs 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 as soon as possible. After your disability has been verified, I will work with you and 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 -- Thursday, September 28, 2017
                        Exam 2 -- Tuesday, October 31, 2017
                        Final Exam -- Tuesday, December 12, 2017
                                        3:00 - 4:50 p.m. 
Final exams may not be taken early.

Course Plan

 8/22/17 -- Introduction to the Course and the Old Testament
                  homework: learn the books of the Old Testament
                            read the introductions to Genesis in your
                                         study Bible and handbook
                            read Gen. 1-11 (skim the genealogies)
                            write a one-page introduction of yourself and your OT knowledge (extra credit)
 8/24/17 -- Genesis 1-11

                  homework: read Gen. 11:27-23:20
 8/29/17 -- Abraham  
                  homework: read Gen. 24-35
 8/31/17 -- Isaac and Jacob

                  homework: read Gen. 37-50
 9/ 5/17 -- Joseph and Judah
 9/ 5/17 -- Extra Credit Powerpoint 7pm
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
                            read Ex. 1-25; skim to the end of the book
                            draw Pentateuch Map
 9/ 7/17 -- Exodus

                  homework: finish reading Exodus assignment
 9/12/17 -- Exodus (cont.)
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
 9/14/17 -- Leviticus

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
 9/19/17 -- Numbers
 9/21/17 -- TBD
World Mission Workshop

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
 9/26/17 -- Deuteronomy
                  homework: study for test
 9/28/17 -- Major Exam over Pentateuch

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
                            draw History Map
10/ 3/17 -- Joshua
10/ 3/17 -- Extra Credit Powerpoint 7pm
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
10/ 5/17 -- Judges and Ruth

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
10/10/17 -- 1 Samuel
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
10/12/17 -- 2 Samuel

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
10/17/17 -- 1 Kings
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
10/19/17 -- 2 Kings

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
10/24/17 -- 1 and 2 Chronicles
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
10/26/17 -- Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther 

                  homework: study for test
10/31/17 -- Major Exam over the books of History
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
11/ 2/17 -- Job

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
11/ 7/17 -- Psalms
11/ 7/17 -- Extra Credit Powerpoint 7pm
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
11/ 9/17 -- Proverbs to Song of Solomon

                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
                            draw Prophets Map
11/14/17 -- Isaiah
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
11/16/17 -- Jeremiah and Lamentations


                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
11/28/17 -- Ezekiel
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
11/30/17 -- Daniel
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
12/ 5/17 -- Hosea to Micah
                  homework: read the introductions in your study Bible and handbook
12/ 7/17 -- Nahum to Malachi

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
                  homework: study for final exam
12/12/17 -- 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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