As an introduction to the Christian Bible, this course studies the Christian canon within the rubric of salvation history with particular attention to two themes: kingdom and covenant. The fist half of the course focuses on the Old Testament and includes considerations of its historical and cultural contexts, and the formation of the canon in order to establish the reliability of the Old Testament witnesses. Topically, this portion of the course focuses on the purpose of God for creating humanity, the fall of Adam that resulted to sin and suffering, the plan of salvation the LORD promised and accomplished in the history of Israel, and the way in which the OT looks to the fulfillment of God’s promises in the New Testament.
The second half of this course attends to the New Testament, and particularly the fulfillment of the OT themes and promises in the person of Jesus Christ. Attention is given to the historical context and reliability of the NT, as well as questions about why there are four gospels, the different portraits of Jesus and his ministry culminating on the cross, the origin of the church and the theological and ethical issues it faced as presented in the book of Acts and the epistles. Implications of these topics are drawn for spiritual and professional life.
After the course, the students will be able to:
Appreciate the reliability and authority of the Old and New Testaments upon understanding their origins, how the canon came about, and the basis of its historical integrity.
Be able to study the Old and New Testaments properly for spiritual growth.
Understand the historical framework of Israel in the Old Testament especially God’s faithful dealing with them and how his promise has been fulfilled in the New Testament, particularly under the themes of kingdom and covenant.
Understand the theological and ethical issues that the early church faced and be able to deal with similar issues of the present time.
For non-Christians taking the course, a signed Statement of Intention
1. Students must come on time. No more admission into class is allowed fifteen (15) minutes after the class session begins. Students arriving later will be marked absent.
2. Students must come in proper clothing and are not allowed to wear sandals.
3. Students must switch off ALL personal electronic devices during class (computers, tablets, phones, etc.). Students found using electronics in class will be dismissed, marked absent, and receive a 50% reduction in their KAT1 grade.
4. Students must attend 85% of classes or they CANNOT sit for the Final Exam.
5. Lecturers must give make-up assignments to students who leave classes by official appointment from the University to partake in national or international competitions on behalf of the University.
6. Students who engage in any form of cheating and plagiarism during exams or in performing their assignments will fail the course and cannot take the remedial exam. To be clear, plagiarism is absolutely unacceptable and will result in failing the course. (See plagiarism.org for information about what counts as plagiarism)
7. Remedial exams may be given to students with a final F mark on the condition that he/she meets the required 85% of minimum attendance. The highest mark that a student can obtain after remedial exams is C-.
8. Make-up exams may be held for students who fall ill or mourn the death of a member of his/her core family on the examination day, provided that the student can authenticate it with a piece of administrative evidence, such the original copy of medical (laboratory) examination reports, hospitalization, or death attestation from the authorities with an original stamp mark, together with an attestation letter from the student’s parents.
9. Students are expected to bring a paper (soft-copy) Bible to EVERY CLASS SESSION. Electronic Bibles are not permitted. Students must also bring appropriate materials for note-taking and class assignments. "Preparedness" is part of the KAT 1 score.
10. Late assignments will receive a reduction of 5% for each day that it is late. No assignments are accepted after final exam week.
11. Students returning late from the course break will be marked absent.
12. Students who cannot attend classes because they become the victims of natural disaster and other force majeure will still be considered present and able to attend make-up exam after presenting administrative evidences in the form of official statement from authorities with an original stamp mark, photo, and attestation letter from the students’ parents.
(KAT 1) Participation and Notebook 10%
(KAT 2) Chapel Reflection paper (5x) 10%
(KAT 3) Community Service 15%
Textbooks (students may read the Indonesian translation)
Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, The Drama of Scripture, 3rd Ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.*** (TDOS)
W.S. Lasor, D.A. Hubbard, F.W. Bush, Tr. Werner Tan, dkk. Pengantar Perjanjian Lama, Vol. 1-2 Jakarta: BPK Gunung Mulia
Richard Pratt, He Gave us Stories,
Merril C. Tenney. Survei Perjanjian Baru. Malang; Gandum Mas.