As an introductory course 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.
General Instructional Objectives (GIO):
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 its historical integrity.
- Be able to study the Old and New Testaments properly for their 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 thus be able to deal with similar issues of the present time.
For non-Christians taking the course, a signed Statement of Intention must be completed (see the lecturer)
- Students must come on time. No more admission into class is allowed after fifteen (15) minutes of late arrival and the student will be marked absent.
- Students must come in proper clothing and are not allowed to wear sandals.
- Students must switch off their personal electronic devices during class.
- 85 % of minimum attendance is strictly required before a student can sit for the Final Exam (this means you have a maximum of four absences).
- Students who leave classes by official appointment from the University to partake in national or international competitions on behalf of the University must perform assignments to be given by the lecturer to make up for the missed classes.
- Students who engage in cheating and plagiarism during exams or in performing their assignments will be declared “fail” with an F mark and may not sit for remedial exams.
- 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-.
- 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.
- Make-up exams may be held for students who are hindered by flooding on the examination day, provided that the student can authenticate it with a photo of themselves with the flood, as well as an official document by local authorities.
- Students must bring a Bible to class.
The lecturer is Dr Matthew Malcolm. I can be contacted as follows:
- in person in the Faculty of Liberal Arts on floor 5 of Building B
- by phone at UPH on extension 1553
- by email at drmalcolmicr [at] yahoo.com
- Quiz 10%
- Chapel Attendance + Reflection paper (5x) 10%
- Community Service + individual reflection 15%
- Mid Semester Exam 20%
- Final Exam 45%
Textbooks (students may read the Indonesian translation)
- Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, The Drama of Scripture, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.*** (TDOS)
- W.S. Lasor, D.A. Hubbard, F.W. Bush, Tr. Werner Tan, dkk. Pengantar Perjanjian Lama, Vol. 1. Jakarta: BPK Gunung Mulia
- Richard Pratt, He Gave us Stories,
- Merril C. Tenney. Survei Perjanjian Baru. Malang; Gandum Mas.