RE223 Ancient Christianity

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RE 223 Ancient Christianity


S1SS 2013 RA


Compton, Elizabeth


Adjunct Faculty


Masters in Christian Ministry

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By appointment before or after class

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Semester Dates

January 14 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM



Credit Hours



Title:  The New Testament In Antiquity, Copyright 2009
Authors:  Gary M Burge, University of Aberdeen
 Lynn H. Cohick, University of Pennsylvania
Gene L. Green, University of Aberdeen
ISBN-10:  0-310-24495-1
ISBN-13:  978-0-310-24495-0
Publisher:  Zondervan

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Course Description:
RE 223 Ancient Christianity: 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 facillitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, and writings.  Each student is expected to engage in classroom discussions in order to fully explore the orgins and development of Christianity.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Explore the basics of Christianity from the historical, geographical and societal context within the New Testament.
  2. Identification and articulation of the foundational Scriptures  contained in the New Testament
  3. Possess a basic level of competence in dientifying and analyzing the various themes and purposes of the New Testament books.
  4. Be able to engage in theological reflection in relatioship to the New Testament writings
Class Assessment:
 Learning objectives will be assessed by two tests, written assignment. class presentation, and in class participation.


Particiaption 5 points X 32 classes                            160 points (16% of grade)
Mid Term Examination                                             350 points (35% of grade)
Final Examination                                                     350 points (35% of grade)
New Testament Book Outline                                  70 points (7% of grade)
NewTestament Book Presentation                            70 Points (7% of grade)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will only be accepted if the student has contacted the instructor prior to the due date of an assignment with a valid reason he/she cannot meet the deadline. All approvals for extensions are at the instructor's discretion. Any assignments turned in late without prior approval from the instructor will have ten points deducted for each day it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Respect, goodwill, and cooperation are to be extended to each student in the classroom.  Active particiapation in class discussion and dialogue will be done in a professional, cordial manner.   Side-bar discussions will not be tolerted.  Use of electronic devices in support of classroom activities are acceptable.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting Dates and Assigned readadins (Be prepared to engage in discussion of the questions listed at the end of each chapter)
January 14         Class Introduction and Chapter 1
January 15         Chapter 2
January 16         Chapter 3
January 17         Chapter 4
January 21         Chapter 5
January 22         Chapter 6
January 23         Chapter 7
January 24         Chapter 8
January 28         Chapter 9
January 29         Chapter 10
January 30         Chapter 11         
January 31         Chapter 12
February 4         Chapter 13
February 5         Chapter 14
February 6         Review
February 7         Mid-Term Examination
February 11         Chapter 15
February 12         Chapter 16
February 13         Chapter 17
February 14         Chapter 18
February 18         Chapter 19
February 19         Chapter 20
February 20         Chapter 21
February 21         Chapter 22
February 25         Chapter 23; New Testament Book Outline Due
February 26         Chapter 24
February 27         Chapter 25
February 28         Chapter 26
March 4               Chapter 27
March 5               New Testament Book Class Presentation
March 6               Review
March 7               Final Examination

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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 98

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