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RELS311 - Introduction to the Bible

Course Details

Course Code: RELS311 Course ID: 3638 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course explores the languages, canonization, organization and translation of the Bible. The genres of narrative, poetry, wisdom, law, prophecy, gospels, parables, letters, and apocalypse are analyzed in order to thoughtfully read the Bible without the aid of other reference works. This course is foundational to further Biblical study.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  • CO1: Interpret each of the various sections of the Bible independently, without the aid of commentaries, dictionaries, etc,
  • CO2: Articulate and critique various contemporary methods of exegeting (understanding) a Biblical text,
  • CO3: Identify the literary genres present in the biblical canon
  • CO4: Describe the history and transmission of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts of the Bible
  • CO5: Describe the canonization of the Jewish and Christian biblical texts, including key historic events that influenced the shape of the three key approaches to canon.
  • CO6: Evaluate and assess the numerous English translations available today.
NameGrade %
Forum Participation 35.00 %
Week 1 Introduction Forum 5.83 %
Week 2 - Canon and Organization 5.83 %
Week 3 - Translation and Poetry 5.83 %
Week 5 - The Gospel World 5.83 %
Week 6 - Law and Prophecy 5.83 %
Week 7 - Letters and Apocalyptic 5.83 %
Essay Assignments 35.00 %
Week 2 - Initial Reflection Paper 17.50 %
Week 4 - Discussion Paper -Translation 17.50 %
Web Site Evaluation 15.00 %
Week 7 - Website Evaluation 15.00 %
Reading Report and Final Reflection 15.00 %
Week 8 -Reading Report & Final Reflection 15.00 %

Recommended Text
Lawrence, Paul, and A. R. Millard. The IVP Atlas of Bible History. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2006.
Important: To access any e-books that are required for this course, please search the Resources section in the classroom, the Online Library and also read this FAQ - http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=http://ebooks.apus.edu/E-book FAQs.docx

Book Title:The IVP Introduction to the Bible - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780830839407
Author:Johnston, Philip
Unit Cost:$18.57
Book Title:The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781426751073
Author:Kaminsky, et. al.
Unit Cost:$31.16
Book Title:Students need two English translations of the Bible (available online at http://bible.com) One translation should be either the New International Version, the New Living Translation or the New American Standard
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.