ENGL 3600 - Bible as Lit - Spring 2018

Class Schedule: 

Week 1 –  W 1.17 Welcome to the Bible as Literature; What is the Bible?

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                  F  1.19 What is the Bible? – part two 

Week 2 – M 1.22 Language & The Bible; Guest speaker: Dr. Steven Frye

                W 1.24 Introduction to Interpretation: Genesis – Creation

                F  1.26  Genesis – The Fall

Week 3 –   M 1.29 Genesis: Noah

     W 1.31 Genesis: Abraham & Isaac

     F   2.2  Content Quiz # 1

Week 4 –  M  2.5  Exodus & Popular Culture

    W 2.7 Exodus & Liberation

                 F 2.9 Women & the Old Testament; “Texts of Terror”; Reflection Paper #1 is due

Week 5–   M 2.12  Poetry: Song of Songs;

    W 2.14  Psalms as Songs, Poems, & Liturgy

    F   2.16 Wisdom Literature: Job

  Final Essay planning meetings with professor scheduled

Week 6–  M 2.19   Wisdom Literature: Ecclesiastes

               W 2.21   Introduction to the Prophets;

                 F  2.23   No class; attend a panel/session at the TPA conference for citizenship credit

               Final Essay planning meetings with professor scheduled

Week 7–  M 2.26  Jonah; Content Quiz #2

                W 2.28  Isaiah; Reflection Paper # 2 is Due                                                            

                 F 3.2    No class; your attendance at the final paper planning meeting takes place                                               of this class

Week 8   NO CLASS SPRING BREAK

Week 9   M 3.12  Introduction to the Gospels

              W 3.14  Gospels: birth narratives;

                             Final paper abstract is due.

                F  3.16  The poetry of Jesus              

Week 10 M 3.19 The parables of Jesus: group leaders

               W 3.21  The parables of Jesus: group leaders

                F  3.23  The parables of Jesus: group leaders

Week 11 M 3.26  Passion & Resurrection narratives;  

  W 3.28  Content Quiz #3

               F   3.30 No class

Week 12 M 4.2  Short Reflection Paper #3 is Due; Final Essay Pep Talk                 

               W 4.4 No class: work day on final academic essay        

               R 4.6  Acts, Paul, & Mysticism

Week 13 M 4.9 Romans

               W 4.11 Galatians               

                F  4.13  Major Academic Essay is Due 

Week 14 M 4.16 Paul Problems: Slavery, Sexism, & Homosexuality

              W 4.18  James

                F  4.20  Revelation: The apocalyptic, the eschatological, & the ecotheological  

Week 15 M 4.23  Content Quiz #4

              W 4.25  Advanced opportunities in academic theology & religious studies;

                F  4.27  The Bible In Literature; grades available

Major Required Assignments with corresponding points; all daily work is required to pass the class; the instructor will provide detailed assignment guidelines for each of the following                                                                     .   

20 – Content Quizzes (5 points possible each x 4 quizzes = 20 points)

30 – Three Short (750-1000 words) Reflection Blogs/Papers (10 points each x 3 = 30 points)

10 – Group Presentation & Leadership over chapters in AJ Levine’s book called Short Stories by Jesus

30 – Final Academic Essay (1500-2000 words, supporting your thesis/perspective concerning a specific interpretation of the text; points will be awarded for quality and effort in revising to achieve a goal)

10 – Participation and citizenship: points earned by comment posts in the class discussion forum on the Ning website or from possible service opportunities outside class & in the spirit of the class

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Andrew Smith,
Jan 21, 2018, 7:02 PM
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