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: MWF 1:15-2:05pm|
Location: East Bible Annex, Room #07
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: Bible Annex 201
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://bterry.com
M 2:15-3:15pm; 4:15-5:15pm
T 9:30-11:00am; 2:40-4:10pm
W 2:15-3:15pm; 4:15-5:15pm
Th 9:30-11:00am; 2:40-4:10pm
F by appointment
BIB 403 Major Prophets (3 credits) A study of the historical, social, political, and religious backgrounds of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Selected passages will be used in understanding the importance of the message of the prophets for their own day and in the present. A textual studies course. Offered fall, even-numbered years.
This course will focus on the five books of the Old Testament known as the Major Prophets. Emphasis will be on knowing the prophecies contained in the text and the immediate situations to which they refer. Notation will also be made of Messianic prophecies and application of prophecies to situations of today. The course will also focus on questions of introduction and background, including the question of single or multiple authorship of the books.
This course addresses the following objectives of the Bible program:
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.
There are no national standards for undergraduate study of the Bible. At OVU, we emphasize the biblical text and its application in our lives.
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.
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 analysis on his or her own in papers described below. Academic abilities assessed include reading with understanding skills as evidenced by a reading reports and classroom discussion; writing skills as evidenced by reading reports; and memory organization and retention as evidenced by major exams.
Your grade for the class will be based on four major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), four typed papers, one bonus point map as explained below, attendance, and grades from pop quizzes over the reading, collected in-class work, and collected homework. The papers are on the following: 1) three three-page introductions to the books of the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel with four sources on each (the two textbooks plus two library sources; internet sources are not acceptable!); and 2) a four-page lesson from the Major Prophets with an application to Christians today. These 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 Major Prophets. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.
Ten points will be given for class participation. Beginning with the second class period, one-third point will be deducted for each non-test class period in which the student fails to bring his or her Bible to class. Beginning with week one, 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 can be found on the Internet at: "http://bible.ovu.edu/terry/prophets/". 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 accepted for only half credit.
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 accepted for only half credit, 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 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 four typed papers turned in late will be docked by one-third letter (3-1/3%) 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 mechanical errors. Any rewrite should be turned in within two or three weeks of receiving the original graded paper back. All rewrites should be turned in with the original graded paper. No grade will be given to a paper which contains enough mechanical errors to dock the score by a letter grade (i.e., 40 mechanical errors). It will be turned back without a score and the rewrite counted as late. Be sure to proofread and spell check!
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.
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 3-credit hour course, you should expect to spend a minimum of 6 hours each week outside the classroom doing work for it.
Draw or trace a map of the following for 2 bonus points:
The Ancient Near East, showing extent of the greatest expansion of the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Medo-Persian empires.
Be sure to label major bodies of water, regions, and important cities (especially capitals and those mentioned in the Prophets).
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 is available at: http://bible.ovc.edu/terry/maps/ane.htm
The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:
3-page introductions to Isa., Jer., & Ezk. 18% 4-page lesson from the Major Prophets 7% Attendance 10% Pop Quizzes/Homework 15% Major Exams 33% Final Exam 17%
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 14 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 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.
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.
Chisholm, Robert B., Jr. 2009. Handbook on the prophets. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
VanGemeren, Willem A. 1996. Interpreting the prophetic word. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
MAJOR EXAM DATES: Exam 1 -- Friday, September 21, 2018 Exam 2 -- Friday, October 19, 2018 Exam 3 -- Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Final Exam -- Monday, December 10, 2018 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.
WEEK ONE: 8/22/18 -- Introduction to the Course homework: read OTI on Isaiah 8/24/18 -- Introduction to Isaiah WEEK TWO: homework: for each of the following lessons in Isaiah, read the assigned chapters write 3-page introduction to Isaiah 8/27/18 -- Isaiah 1-6 8/29/18 -- Isaiah 7-12 8/31/18 -- Isaiah 13-21 WEEK THREE: 9/ 3/18 -- Isaiah 22-29 9/ 5/18 -- Isaiah 30-37 homework: draw map for 2 bonus points 9/ 7/18 -- Isaiah 36-39 WEEK FOUR: 9/10/18 -- Isaiah 40-45 9/12/18 -- Isaiah 46-51 9/14/18 -- Isaiah 52-59 WEEK FIVE: 9/17/18 -- Isaiah 60-61 homework: read OTI on Jeremiah 9/19/18 -- Introduction to Jeremiah homework: study for exam 9/21/18 -- Major Exam WEEK SIX: homework: for each of the following lessons in Jeremiah, read the assigned chapters write 3-page introduction to Jeremiah 9/24/18 -- Jeremiah 1-6 9/26/18 -- Jeremiah 7-10 9/28/18 -- Jeremiah 11-16 WEEK SEVEN: 10/ 1/18 -- Jeremiah 17-22 10/ 3/18 -- Jeremiah 23-28 10/ 5/18 -- Jeremiah 29-34 WEEK EIGHT: 10/ 8/18 -- Jeremiah 35-40 10/10/18 -- Jeremiah 41-45 10/12/18 -- Jeremiah 46-52 WEEK NINE: homework: read Lamentations and OTI on Lamentations 10/15/18 -- Lamentations homework: read OTI on Ezekiel 10/17/18 -- Introduction to Ezekiel homework: study for exam 10/19/18 -- Major Exam WEEK TEN: homework: for each of the following lessons in Ezekiel, read the assigned chapters write 3-page introduction to Ezekiel 10/22/18 -- Ezekiel 1-5 10/24/18 -- Ezekiel 6-11 10/26/18 -- Ezekiel 12-15 WEEK ELEVEN: 10/29/18 -- Ezekiel 16-19 10/31/18 -- Ezekiel 20-24 11/ 2/18 -- Ezekiel 25-32 WEEK TWELVE: 11/ 5/18 -- Ezekiel 33-36 11/ 7/18 -- Ezekiel 37-39 11/ 9/18 -- Ezekiel 40-43 Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end! WEEK THIRTEEN: 11/12/18 -- Ezekiel 44-48 homework: study for exam 11/14/18 -- Major Exam homework: read OTI on Daniel 11/16/18 -- Introduction to Daniel THANKSGIVING BREAK WEEK FOURTEEN: homework: for each of the following lessons in Daniel, read the assigned chapters 11/26/18 -- Daniel 1-3 11/28/18 -- Daniel 4-6 homework: write a 4-page lesson from the prophets 11/30/18 -- Daniel 7-8 WEEK FIFTEEN: 12/ 3/18 -- Daniel 9-10 12/ 5/18 -- Daniel 11-12 12/ 7/18 -- Catch up/Review WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week homework: study for final exam 12/10/18 -- Final Exam (1:00-2:50 p.m.)
N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!
THIS SYLLABUS MAY BE MODIFIED AS THE TEACHER FEELS NECESSARY!