BIBL4371 Book of Acts

I. Course Description:

To examine the importance and scope of the Book of Acts. To study carefully the origin of the Church, its beginnings, its structure and its purpose today.

II. Course Objectives

  1. To see the book through the eyes of a Jewish Christian Scholar.
  2. To understand better the Jewish beginnings of the church.
  3. To understand the role and parts played by the disciples and Jewish leadership.

III. Course Textbooks

1. Mal Couch, A Bible Handbook to the Acts of the Apostles, Kregel, 1999, 0825423910
2. Horatio Hackett, Commentary on Acts, Kregel, 1992, 0825427487

IV. Evaluation of Student Performance

1. Class Attendance – for Campus students, due to the concentrated nature of the lectures, one unexcused class absence will reduce final grade by a letter grade. A 2nd unexcused absence will result in an additional research assignment required for a passing grade. A 3rd unexcused absence will result in a failing grade. Extension and Online students must listen to the recorded lectures in their entirety and must fulfill all other format-specific requirements in order to receive a passing grade.

2. Reading Assignments and Accountability – Students will read the required reading as outlined in Section V-Course Outline & Assignments. Each week students will write a 1⁄2 to 1 page summary over the assigned reading.

3. Research Assignments – All Students will complete the following assignments according to the class schedule.

  1. Assigned Questions – A brief paragraph is required, answering each assigned question. The professor is seeking maturity in the answers not simply length. The questions are in section VII, of this syllabus.
  2. Campus and Extension students will write a 8-10 page double-spaced paper with an additional Bibliography page using a minimum of six sources on some event, series of events, personality, etc. from the Book of Acts. Online students will write a 5-7 page paper.

4. Course Exams – There are no course exams.

5. Online Interaction – Online students will have three weekly online assignments: (1) post weekly reading accountability in their online classroom; (2) post a brief (50-75 words) observation of a key point from that week’s lecture; and (3) post at least two responses either to Professor observations or other students’ postings.

6. Campus students will submit assignments as directed by the Professor.
Extension students will submit assignments to on or before the course due date.
Online Students will submit assignments as directed by the Online Professor.

7. Scoring Rubric
Attendance or Online Participation: 25
Reading Component (Reading & Accountability): 25
Research Component (Papers & Projects): 50
Total Points: 100

V. Course Materials