BI303: Harmony of the Gospels

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Syllabus


Class Description


This class is an overview of the life and times of Jesus including his journeys and ministry, harmonizing the synoptic gospels as well as a brief analysis of geographical backgrounds.


Course Description


The purpose of this course is to survey the earthly life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the four canonical gospels. This will be accomplished by focusing the student’s attention primarily on the narrative flow of the events so as to ascertain the basic pattern of development in Jesus’ actions and teachings. Particular emphasis will be placed on incidents rather than the long discourses.

At the option of the professor, there may be Included in some of the lessons some Youtube or Vimeo clips for the students benefit as well as supplemental teaching. Texas Theological University and Seminary in no way endorses or promotes any teacher or teaching but uses it for clarity, inspiration, perspective and encouragement as the student goes through these lessons. Some will help with the quizzes, and assignments. Some will be simply for encouragement but all are beneficial if the student will choose to learn.


PROFESSOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION


Jeffry Evans

Jeffry Evans

Jeffry Evans has worked in information technology, web development and business intelligence for 14 years. He has helped companies make and save significant money, as well as running his own successful business. His has a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, with a major in computer information systems. He has a wife and one child, and is currently employed full-time, as well as ministering part time for Metropolitan Baptist Church and Texas Theological University & Seminary in developing software systems, online courses, etc.

817-237-2201
817-312-3836

Please allow 24 hours to respond by email. You may also text if you need a quicker response.


Textbooks


1) Bible (KJV)

2) Class Notes

Online @ Texastheological.org. Student must sign up for the online class to get to these notes unless taking it in class.

3) Studies in the Life of Christ by R.C. Foster

I found a PDF version on line at this URL, if the students wishes to download it. http://icotb.org/resources/LifeofChrist.PDF. The student may also take the opportunity to buy the bound book as well. Since there is a PDF version available, I will not compel the student to purchase it but it will be up to the student to acquire either the book or PDF and read the required readings. The student may open this PDF book in a separate page by hitting the Ctrl button and the Icon below at the same time.

4) My Church by Raleigh Campbell

PDF Version can be found below attached to the My Church Icon.  There is only a PDF version of this book available, The student cannot at this time purchase it but it is up to the student to acquire the PDF book and read the required readings.The student may open the PDF book in a separate page by hitting the Ctrl button and the Icon below at the same time.


Suggested Books


The Words and Works of Jesus Christ by J. Dwight Pentecost,
(Zondervan, 1981)

 
Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels by Darrell L. Bock,
(Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990).

 
Jesus: A Gospel Portrait; revised and expanded edition by Donald Senior,
(New York: Paulist Press, 1992).

 
Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels by Mark Strauss,
(Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).

 
 The God of the Gospel of John by Marianne Meye Thompson,
(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).

Course Requirements


  1. Read the entire books of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John at least once.
  2.  13 Quizzes
  3. One research paper,

Quizzes

The student will be required to take a 10 question multiple choice/true_false/Gap fill/Short answer  quiz at the end of every lesson. These quizzes will be timed and if the quiz is not completed in the allotted time frame then the quiz will auto submit and the quiz will be graded automatically. Once a student begins a quiz it will be up to the student to complete the quiz in the allotted time.

RESEARCH/ANALYSIS’ PAPERS

All Research/Analysis’ papers must be submitted using the TTUS Paper Format Requirements and are taken from the  APA guidelines.

Analysis’ Papers:

The student of the Harmony of the Gospel will be required as a final exam to research and write a 13 to 15 page  report (Approximately 3000 to 3500 words) on one of the following questions listed below. The questions will also be listed in the final exam portion of the course work as well. The paper will be, double spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font and the student will be required to follow the TTUS Paper Format Requirements.

The paper will be an opinion paper and 6 to 10 references will be required,  The student when referring to the Bible in these reports will only cite the Bible reference (Matthew 1:1) and will not include the scripture in the report only the citation.

  1. The Date/Day of Christ’ Birth – It will be up to the student to study for themselves the date and the day of Christ’s birth and give a reasonable answer to when Jesus Christ was born. I will not looking for conclusiveness on this question but the determination to find the answer and to give a reasonable answer according to the student’s study into the in depth question of when Jesus Christ was born.
  2. The Virgin Birth – There are critics who reject the virgin birth of Jesus Christ because of the word that is used in Isaiah 7:14 for virgin. The student will study out and defend why we can determine biblically that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. In the defense of the virgin birth the student will answer the following: a. The basis of the radical position by the critics of the virgin birth. b. The primary basis of the critics rejection of a virgin birth. c. The meaning of the word ‘almah’ as used in Isaiah.  d. The summary of evidence in defense of the miracle of the virgin birth.
  3. The Lord’s Supper – There is much controversy in the Lord’s supper. Should it be Open, Close, or Closed Communion as well as the elements (Wine or grape juice) and even how often we are to do the supper. The student will study for themselves and give an exposition view of this topic and determine by study of the scripture as well as out side sources the proper way the Lord’s Supper should be administered.
  4. The Crucifixion Day – There is much controversy over the day Jesus Christ was crucified, (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday). The student will choose a day and outline why this was the day Jesus was crucified and defend the day the student chooses. It is not about picking the right day as the professor believes but choosing a day and defending the day you choose Biblically from the Bible. In Seminary I chose a certain day and defended it and made an A+ because Biblically it can be proven even though I do not believe this was the particular day Christ was crucified (Friday). The paper will not be graded according to the day you choose but the defense you give. As students of the Bible we must give an Apoligia and the best way to do this is by knowing what others believe and what we believe.

ASSIGNMENTS / GRADING


Course Grading
Lesson / Assignment / Quiz / Exam Percent of Total Grade
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 1 4.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 2 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 3 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 4 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 5 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 6 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 7 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 8 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 9 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 10 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 11 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 12 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 13 3.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Assignment 1 – Book Reading & Report 10.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Assignment 2 – Reading of the Gospels 10.00%
Harmony of the Gospels Assignment 3 – Research Paper 40.00%
Total100%

GRADING

90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C

60-69 D

0-59 F

Grading Summary:

Reading of Notes and Quizzes 40%
Research Paper 40%
Reading of Matthew – John 10%
Reading of Textbook Assignments 10%
Total 100%


 Grading of Late Papers

Late papers, this includes homework and reading assignments, will be graded and then given a 5% per class period reduction.


PDF Format of Notes

Know that all your notes, directions and material can be found in each lesson as you progress through this course.  To download the PDF for each lesson please click on the down arrow link at the bottom of each lesson.

The R.C. Foster  book “Studies in the Life of Christ” can be downloaded here by clicking on the icon below this sentence. The student may open this PDF book in a separate page by hitting the Ctrl button and the Icon below at the same time.

Studies

R.C. Foster PDF Download

My_Church

Lessons

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 2

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 2 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 3

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 3 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 4

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 4 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 5

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 5 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 6

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 6 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 7

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 7 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 8

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 8 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 9

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 9 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 10

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 10 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 11

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 11 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 12

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 12 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 13

Harmony of the Gospels Lesson 13 Student Instructions: Please Read Carefully The student will want to read the class notes and/or follow along with the MP3/4 audio below. After listening…