Syllabus for BIBL 1013
Professor Mike Tapper, Ph.D.
Phone: office-8646445229; cell-8642070409
Office: Nicholson Mitchell 105A (student meetings by appt, M-F 8-9am/lunch)
-OT characters, places, & events
-historical/literary background & content
-basis for Western culture & spirituality
- The Bible (hardcopy or digital) -- Bring to each class
- Lennox, Stephen J. God’s Story Revealed: A Guide for Understanding the Old Testament. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2009
- (see chart below for reading assignments)
Write a 1000 word essay that identifies similarities and differences between the ancient OT culture and the contemporary culture of our world. You may choose ONE of the following three options:
- ancient theocracy of Israel (see Deut 17:8-20, 18:15-22) and a specific, contemporary democracy, monarchy, aristocracy, or dictatorship
- an OT narrative and a contemporary movie or fictional book
- the ancient idea of covenant (e.g. Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, or Davidic) and a contemporary notion of contract (e.g. legal, business, marital, etc.)
depth, demonstration of familiarity with the material, personal application, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Write a 1000 word essay that answers this question: “What are the THREE most important things I have learned about God from the OT and how have these THREE things impacted me personally?”
depth of insight into the OT teaching on God, demonstration of familiarity with the material, personal application, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
full engagement, effective listening, thoughtful question-asking, and integration of relevant ideas into our class discussion.
The final exam will consist of several short answer questions. More details will follow.