RE223 Ancient Christianity

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RE 223 Ancient Christianity


F2V 2011 GO


Dixon, Michael D.


Adjunct Faculty


Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science
Master of Arts in Religion

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Semester Dates

October 17 - December 12, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours



Howard Clark Kee. (1993, 5th Edition) UNDERSTANDING THE NEW TESTAMENT. Pearson Publishers, New York. (This edition was published in January, 1993 and is in textbook paperback format) ISBN-13: 978-0-13-948266-3
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Course Description:
RE 223 Ancient Christianity (MGE): A critical exploration of the origination and development of Christianity with the larger historical, cultural and religious setting of the ancient Graeco-Roman world. Particular attention is paid to how early Christians understood Jesus of Nazareth, organized and regulated their churches, and dealt with important religious and social concerns. Significant parts of the New Testament are studied with regard to these matters. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosophy is based upon the belief that the educator must work to engage students on as many levels as necessary to facilitate a deeper learning experience for the students.  The responsibility for the success of the educational engagement lies with both the instructor and the student.  The instructor is charged with being prepared, interesting and educationally provocative and challenging.  The student is responsible to attend class, actively participate in classroom discussions and tasks, to complete assigned reading and work, and to enjoy the educational process.  

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will explain the historical, geographical and societal context in which the New Testament grew.
  2. Students will identify and articulate the foundational Scriptures respectively contained in the various books of the New Testament.
  3. Students will possess a basic level of competence in identifying and analyzing the various themes and purposes of the New Testament books.
  4. Students will understand and be able to discuss some of the basic theological issues addressed in the New Testament.
Class Assessment:
1. Participation in class discussions and activities: 20%
2. Two tests (mid-term and final): 50%
3. Writing assignments: students will write two four-page papers that are written according to APA standards (guidelines will be provided): 20%
4. New Testament Books Outline: 10%


1. All assigned work is on a 100% scale
2. Letter grades are valued as follows:
      A   90 to 100%
      B    80 to 89%
      C    70 to 79%
      D    60 to 69%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assigned work that is turned in one day late is deducted 21 points from the start.  Work later than one day is not accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Respect, goodwill and cooperation are to be extended to each other in the classroom.  Active participation in class discussions and activities will be done in an enjoyable, dynamic, engaging class setting.  Use of electronic devices in support of the educational process are welcome! 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following schedule is provided as a general guideline for material to be covered in Ancient Christianity:
   18 October      Class Introduction & Chapter 1
   20 October      Chapters 2 & 3
   25 October      Chapter 4
   27 October      Chapter 5
   1 November      Chapters 6                  First Four-page Paper Due
   3 November      Chapter 7 & Review
   8 November      Mid-term Test
   10 November   Chapters 8 & 9
   15 November    Chapter 10
   17 November    Chapter 11                  Second Four-page Paper Due
   29 November   Chapters 12
   1 December      Chapters 13                New Testament Books Outline Due 
   6 December      Chapter 14 & Review
   8 December      Final Test  

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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