Course Description: Backgrounds for Biblical Studies is a course on primary readings which sheds light on the culture, history, and theology of the Biblical text. Those enrolled in AP 404 will be expected to read 2,000 pages of primary material and produce a commentary on one chapter of the book of Acts using these sources. Each student will also highlight material pertaining to one particular theological issue that arises from their chapter of Mark. As a class, we will cover every chapter of Acts. Those enrolled in AP 405 will add an additional 2,000 pages of readings and can uses this course as an Apologetics elective. (The class is scheduled for Thursdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.).
Most readings can be found in one of the following sites:
9/2 Cicero (106–43 b.c.e.), Roman philosopher, politician, and lawyer.
Purchase Selected Works of Cicero (tr. Harry M. Hubbeli; Roslyn, NY: Walter Black, Inc., 1948). Read “Second Speech Against Verres,” “Letters on his Consulship and Exile” and “Selection from The Republic: Scipio’s Dream,” “Letters on the Civil War,” “Letter After Caesar’s Assassination,” and “First Philippic Against Mark Antony.”
9/9 Lucretius (99–55 b.c.e.)
9/16 Seneca the Elder (c. 54 b.c.e.
– c. 39 c.e.)
Philo (20 b.c.e.– 50
Josephus (37– c. 100 c.e.)
Chrysostom (c. 40–120 c.e.)
10/14 Reading Break. Lecture on Jewish Background Literature
Suetonius (c. 69/75–after 130 c.e.)
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Attendance: Absences over 6 will result in the failure of this course as outlined in the college catalogue (page 53-4). Four tardies will be counted as one absence. If a student arrives fifteen minutes after class or leaves fifteen minutes before class is over it will be counted as an absence.
Homework: Late work is unacceptable. Assignments and projects are due at the beginning of the class period on which they are assigned. If you are absent, you are still responsible for having your work brought to class and turned in for you. All work is to be typed unless otherwise noted.
Tests: Should you miss an exam you will take a different exam and you will have exactly one week to make it up from the class period on which it was given. You may take it at the testing center (L12) after paying a $5 late fee in the business office.
Cheating/Plagiarism: Cheating will result in a zero on the assignment in question and a mandatory meeting with the dean of students to determine further discipline which may include failure in the class or dismissal from the college. Cheating includes but is not limited to (1) using material from another student for tests, memory, or term papers, (2) not properly citing sources in papers and assignments so as to make it look original, (3) using cheat sheets – written or electronic – for tests or quizzes.