OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY
BIB 407.01 Daniel and Revelation (3 credit hours)

At Ohio Valley University, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community
that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.

Class days/times: MWF 9:00-9:50am
Location: East Bible Annex, Room #07
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: East Bible Annex, Room #201
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: bruce.terry@ovu.edu; Web site: http://bterry.com
Office hours:
M 10:00-11:00am; 1:15-3:15pm
T  10:00-11:00am; 2:10-2:40pm
W 10:00-11:00am; 1:15-3:15pm
Th 10:00-11:00am; 2:10-2:40pm
F  10:00-11:00am

I. Textbooks: 

Required:

Recommended:

II. Course Description:

BIB 407 Daniel and Revelation (3 credits) An exegetical and comparative study of the books of Daniel and Revelation with special emphasis given to the nature of apocalyptic literature. A textual studies course. Offered spring, even-numbered years.

III. Rationale:

This course addresses the following objectives of the Bible program:

Objectives For Every Student

Provide students with a more in-depth study of the scriptures than what is gained in introductory studies and/or with training in Christian life and ministry

Objectives For Majors

Provide students with a more in-depth survey study of Old Testament books
Provide students with a more in-depth study of New Testament books
Provide students with training in how to study the Bible for themselves

IV. Integrating Faith and Learning:

Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (ESV).  Consequently, this class will use biblical texts and references to texts to help the student grow in faith.  But simply hearing is not enough.  Jesus told those who believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32 ESV).  So it is necessary to keep doing what we learn.  In light of this, this course will also contain references to application of principles learned.  One of the objectives is a faith objective.  It will not be assessed for a grade, but life is such that it will be assessed, one way or another.  My prayer is that you will pass that test of life.

V. Course Objectives and National Standards:

  1. To provide the student with an in-depth study of the text of Daniel and Revelation.
  2. To develop an academic understanding of reading an ancient text such as the Bible, especially apocalyptic material within that book.
  3. To study introductory material to the books of Daniel and Revelation.
  4. To investigate the nature of apocalyptic writing.
  5. To help the student see the religious experience of Old Testament characters and John, thus providing a faith building experience. 

There are no national standards for undergraduate study of the Bible.  At OVU, we emphasize the biblical text and its application in our lives.

VI. School of Biblical Studies Mission Statement:

At the School of Biblical Studies, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community by encouraging biblical faith to produce life-long truth-seekers who serve God in His kingdom throughout the world.

VII. Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Assessment of whether the objectives have been met will be based on the student's performance on homework and tests assigned by the teacher and on the student's ability to do relevant research on his or her own in papers described below. Academic abilities assessed include reading with understanding skills as evidenced by a book report, homework, and classroom discussion; writing skills as evidenced by three typed papers; literary research skills as evidence by an research paper; creativity as evidenced by a lesson; and memory organization and retention as evidenced by major exams.

Your grade for the class will be based on three major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), three typed papers, one two-bonus-point map on four empires of Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome, attendance, and grades from pop quizzes over the reading, collected in-class work, and collected homework. The papers are on the following: 1) a five-page research paper on a passage from Daniel or Revelation (ideally an exegesis), or on a doctrinal question based on Daniel and Revelation; 2) a three-page book report on Leon Morris' Apocalyptic or on any other book on apocalyptic of the student's choosing with at least 50 pages length; and 3) a four-page lesson from Daniel or Revelation with an application to Christians today. The pages are full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required). One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name or page numbers) with 1" margins. The typed papers should be written using the Turabian style guide. Bible majors should retain papers produced in this class for possible inclusion in the senior portfolio. Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbooks or the Bible. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class may be dismissed if there are classroom conflicts during Lectureship week April 6-9. In such a case, students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class or lecture for each hour missed and turn in a one-page report on the class or lecture attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class missed, including those missed for illness. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect; up to five such absences will not count against the student's grade if the student has no unexcused absences. Two grace days will be given to all students to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays/maps may be assigned.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the due date, please ask my permission to turn the work in late. Late reading reports will be accepted for only half credit, since the readings will be discussed in class. Reports which are both late and short will be accepted only for quarter credit. Reading reports that are more than three weeks late will only be accepted for quarter credit. Reading reports that are more than six weeks late will only be accepted for one-tenth credit. The typed introductions and lesson turned in late will dock the paper grade by one-third letter (3-1/3%) per class period late.

No paper will be accepted that is more than two weeks late. A paper that is more than one week late may not be rewritten, except in unusual circumstances. A paper must be at least 75% of assigned length in order to be rewritten. The grade on a paper which is rewritten may be increased on content, length, and mechanical errors. Any rewrite should be turned in within two or three weeks of receiving the original graded paper back. All rewrites should be turned in with the original graded paper. No grade will be given to a paper which contains enough mechanical errors to dock the score by a letter grade (i.e., 40 mechanical errors). It will be turned back without a score and the rewrite counted as late. Be sure to proofread and spell check!

Students who are absent on exam days with good reason may schedule a make-up exam within the next week. You must ask to take a make-up exam. If a student misses an exam without good reason and is allowed to take the make-up exam, the grade on that exam will be docked by one letter grade (10 points). There is no guarantee that such a student will be allowed to make up any exam.

Students who score less than a 70 on a major exam may petition to retake the exam within a week after grades are returned on it. The highest grade on any retake exam will be 70. Once again, you must ask to retake an exam. There will be no retakes on the final exam. Study hard for it.

Class handouts and homework on Daniel can be found on the Internet at: "http://bible.ovu.edu/terry/daniel/". A similar web site for Revelation can be found at "http://bible.ovu.edu/terry/revelation/". Homework may be printed out, done early, and turned in up to a week before the due date if the student knows of an absence that is coming up. Late homework is accepted for only half credit.

Definition of a Credit Hour

In 2011, the US Department of Education and OVU's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, established requirements regarding how much time is required to be spent on a course for each credit hour earned. As a result, all colleges and universities have been required to establish policies that adhere to this definition. In keeping with this requirement, OVU expects you to spend a minimum of two hours outside of class doing course work (reading, doing homework, writing papers, reviewing for tests, etc.) for each hour you spend in the classroom. Because this is a 3-credit hour course, you should expect to spend a minimum of 6 hours each week outside the classroom doing work for it.

VIII. Grading System:

The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

                5-page research paper                                10%
                3-page book report                                    7%
                4-page lesson from Daniel or Revelation               8%
                Attendance                                           10%
                Pop Quizzes/Homework                                 15%
                Major Exams                                          30%
                Final Exam                                           20%

Only in the area of Maps will any extra credit be allowed to exceed these percentages.  However, one point extra credit will be given for a one-page paper about yourself. Your final grade will be A, B, C, D, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, a D for 69-60, and an F for any average below 60.

IX. Academic Integrity Policy:

Because Ohio Valley University expects students to follow the highest standards of honorable conduct in all areas of life, it is essential that students maintain high standards of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarizing (whether intentionally misrepresenting another's work as one's own or failing to follow appropriate requirements of documentation), and helping others cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards, as is falsifying records such as those kept for field experiences, practica, internships, etc.. Students who engage in these behaviors in a course in which they are enrolled will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, being placed on restricted status (i.e., the student will not be allowed to participate in on-campus activities, including intramurals, and may not represent Ohio Valley University in public events, including athletic competitions, performances, and presentations), or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. Students who engage in these behaviors when they are unrelated to a course in which they are enrolled will also face appropriate consequences, which could include being placed on restricted status or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. If a student believes he or she has been falsely accused of academic dishonesty, or if the student believes the consequences of an incident of academic dishonesty are unjust, the student may ask that the situation be reviewed. To ask for a review, the student should give to the Vice President for Academic Affairs written notice of the appeal and the reasons for it within 48 hours of being informed of the consequences of the alleged incident; detailed instructions about the appeal procedure are available in the catalog or from the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVU is expulsion from the University.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.

Professional Dress

Students should dress modestly regardless of the type of clothes that they choose, and be aware that first impressions count and are often dictated by clothing choices. Specifically, members of the University community should avoid clothing that is revealing and/or features offensive slogans, language, or advertisements. Examples of revealing clothing include but are not limited to: midriffs or halters, mesh or netted shirts, tube tops, low cut blouses, short skirts and shorts exposing the upper thigh. Very tight clothing should be avoided. Examples of offensive slogans, language or advertisements include but are not limited to: curse words, sexually suggestive language or gestures, and references to alcohol or drugs.

Electronic Devices

Please turn cell phones OFF or ON SILENT before entering class. You may place your cell phone on your desk as a clock; otherwise, keep it put away. The use of cell phones, computers, and tablets for texting, calling, emailing, googling, checking the internet, tweeting, using facebook, and/or playing games is not permitted; such is distracting both to the students doing such and the students around them. Please put these electronic devices away. Do not use your device out of sight under the desk. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. Cell phone or tablet use for voice, text, or data during a test will result in failure of that test!

X. Policy for Attendance and Tardies:

OVU Catalog:

Regular class attendance is most important. Instructors are responsible for recording and reporting attendance in each of their classes. Attendance at 75% of the scheduled class meeting is required to receive credit for a given course; in other words, if a student misses 25% or more class sessions including both excused and unexcused absences, the student will fail the course.

Course Policy:

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence. Tardies that exceed 5 minutes are counted as factional absences.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were hospitalized, ill with a contagious disease, involved in an accident, on school business (up to five hours), or there was a death in the immediate family. More than five hours of absences which include three hours of unexcused absence will result in your being dropped from the course with either a W or an F at my discretion. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., as many as 12 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course (if possible). I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning once you have at least 5 total absences. If you are dropped for any reason, reinstatement is not guaranteed and will be granted only if a plan for success is presented. Note well: Absences may adversely affect your grade, as outlined above under the topic Course Requirements. A drop from your only Bible course may affect your ability to enroll in the next semester.

Please turn off cell phones before entering class. If you should have wireless service in the classroom, do not use your messaging service on your laptop or PDA. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. If you are caught texting during class, one-fourth absence will be counted. Cell phone use for voice or text during a test will result in failure of that test.

XI. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, inform your instructor and your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

XII. Bibliography:

Beasley-Murray, G.R., Herschel H. Hobbs, Ray Frank Robbins, and David George. 1977. Revelation: Three viewpoints. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.

Jerome. 1958. Jerome's commentary on Daniel. Trans. Gleason L. Archer, Jr. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Morris, Leon. 1969. The Book of Revelation: An introduction and commentary. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, ed. R.G. V. Tasker.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Morris, Leon. 1972. Apocalyptic. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Rushdoony, Rousas John. 1970. Thy kingdom come: Studies in Daniel and Revelation. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.

Summers, Ray. 1951. Worthy is the Lamb: An interpretation of Revelation. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.

Wilson, Robert Dick. 1917. Studies in the book of Daniel. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Young, Edward. 1949. Prophecy of Daniel: A commentary.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

XIII. Course Calendar:

MAJOR EXAM DATES:             Exam 1 -- Wednesday, February 26, 2014
                              Exam 2 -- Wednesday, April 2, 2014
                              Final Exam -- Wednesday, May 7, 2014
                                              8:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Course Plan

WEEK ONE: 
 1/15/14 -- Introduction to the Course
                homework: start reading Morris' Apocalyptic (on reserve in the library) or other book on apocalyptic
 1/17/14 -- Apocalyptic Literature

WEEK TWO: 
                homework: continue reading on apocalyptic
 1/20/14 -- Synoptic Apocalypse
 1/22/14 -- Synoptic Apocalypse
                homework: read Introduction in Young commentary
 1/24/14 -- Introduction to Daniel

WEEK THREE: 
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 1/27/14 -- Daniel 1
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 1/29/14 -- Daniel 2
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 1/31/14 -- Daniel 3

WEEK FOUR: 
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/ 3/14 -- Daniel 4
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/ 5/14 -- Daniel 5
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/ 7/14 -- Daniel 6

WEEK FIVE: 
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/10/14 -- Daniel 7
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/12/14 -- Daniel 8
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/14/14 -- Daniel 9

WEEK SIX: 
                homework: read text and Young commentary
                          book report on apocalyptic due
 2/17/14 -- Daniel 10
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/19/14 -- Daniel 11
                homework: read text and Young commentary
 2/21/14 -- Daniel 12

WEEK SEVEN: 
                homework: read Introduction in Morris commentary
 2/24/14 -- Introduction to Revelation
                homework: study for test
 2/26/14 -- Major Exam
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 2/28/14 -- Revelation 1

WEEK EIGHT: 
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/ 3/14 -- Revelation 2
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/ 5/14 -- Revelation 3
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/ 7/14 -- Revelation 4

SPRING BREAK

WEEK NINE: 
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/17/14 -- Revelation 5
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/19/14 -- Revelation 6
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
                          research paper due
 3/21/14 -- Revelation 7

WEEK TEN: 
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/24/14 -- Revelation 8
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/26/14 -- Revelation 9
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/28/14 -- Revelation 10

WEEK ELEVEN: 
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 3/31/14 -- Revelation 11
                homework: study for test
 4/ 2/14 -- Major Exam
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/ 4/14 -- Revelation 12

WEEK TWELVE:
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/ 7/14 -- Revelation 13
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/ 9/14 -- Revelation 14
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/11/14 -- Revelation 15
Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!

WEEK THIRTEEN: Lectureship
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/14/14 -- OVU Lectureship and/or Revelation 16
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/16/14 -- OVU Lectureship and/or Revelation 16
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
                          Bible lesson due
 4/18/14 -- Revelation 17 and/or Revelation 16-17

WEEK FOURTEEN: 
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/21/14 -- Revelation 18
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/23/14 -- Revelation 19
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/25/14 -- Revelation 20

WEEK FIFTEEN: 
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/28/14 -- Revelation 21
                homework: read text and Morris commentary
 4/30/14 -- Revelation 22
                homework: finish all rewrites
 5/ 2/14 -- Catch Up Day (Dead Paper Day—last day to turn in any rewrites or late papers)

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
                homework: study for final exam
 5/ 7/14 -- Final Exam (8:00 - 9:50 a.m.)

N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!

THIS SYLLABUS MAY BE MODIFIED AS THE TEACHER FEELS NECESSARY!


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