SYLLABUS BIB 265.01


                            SYLLABUS

BIB 265 Greek Readings I       Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 01  Room: NC 326      Office: Stotts (NC), Room 311
Day/Time: MWF 10:40-11:30pm    Telephone: (304) 865-6120/295-6486
Office Hours: MTWTh 3:30-5:00pm; TTh 1:00-2:30pm; F 1:00-2:00pm

Texts:

Required:

A Greek New Testament (either 3rd or 4th edition of the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament or the 26th or 27th editions of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece)
Wallace's The Basics of New Testament Syntax
Kubo's A Reader's Greek-English Lexicon
Metzger's Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek

Suggested:

Danker's A Greek-English Lexicon of the N.T. and Other Early Christian Literature (4th Revised ed.)
Holman & Broadman Verb Chart
Friberg and Friberg's Analytical Greek New Testament
Rienecker and Rogers' Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament
Han's A Parsing Guide to the Greek New Testament
Gingrich's Shorter Lexicon to the Greek New Testament

Course Description

This course will focus on improving reading skills in Koiné Greek. To accomplish this, three methodologies will be employed. First, students will read the Gospel of John in Greek aloud in class, preparing each lesson throughly. Second, students will memorize vocabulary words that are frequently used in the Greek New Testament. Third, students will review the major points of Greek grammar. In line with this, students will be introduced to the concept of discourse grammar and how it affects the traditional approach to Greek grammar.

Course Objectives

  1. To improve the student's ability to read and understand Koiné Greek.
  2. To impart a better understanding of the Gospel of John.
  3. To teach Greek vocabulary for frequently used words.
  4. To review the fundimentals of Greek grammar.
  5. To help the student understand the significance of Greek grammar as it affects understanding and exegesis.
  6. To introduce a discourse perspective to Greek grammar and semantics.

Attendance and Tardies

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 and daily homework. 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 in class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence.

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 six hours of unexcused absences 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 11 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course. I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning once you have at least 9 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 below under the topic Grades.

Office Hours

I will be in my office fifteen hours during the week as outlined above. If you have class conflicts with my office hours, you can schedule another time with me. Appointments during office hours will be given precedence over drop-ins, but if you need to see me about something and don't have an appointment, come on up to my office and I will try to squeeze you in. If you need help, please use my office hours. You may also see me both before and after class as time permits. I will be available for extended conferences after class hours if it does not interfere with another class or chapel. No appointment will usually be necessary to see me at this time. If I am not in my office at office hours after a class, check my last classroom to see if a student has detained me.

Assignments, Assessment, and Grades

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 read Greek in class.

Your grade for the class will be based on four major exams (including the final exam), weekly vocabulary quizzes, attendance, preparation to read in class, and pop quizzes and reports over the reading in Greek grammar. On occasion, half quizzes or double quizzes may be given, with two half quizzes counting as one pop quiz, and a double quiz counting as two quizzes. If more than ten pop quizzes are given, only the highest ten scores will be counted. Reports on the grammar reading should include a paragraph about what the student learned new or relearned, together with one to three questions about things that the student did not understand from the reading. Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbooks or the New Testament. A significant portion of each exam will involve a literal translation of a Greek text. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class will be excused for students attending the World Missions Workshop. Students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class for each hour missed and turn in a one- page report on the class 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.

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

          Reading Preparation                               10%
          Attendance                                        10%
          Vocabulary and Grammar Quizzes and Reports        15%
          Major Tests                                       45%
          Final Exam                                        20%

Bonus points may be assigned in the future for extra reading in grammars. 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.

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 homework is not accepted, since the answers will often be given in class. Missed vocabulary quizzes should be taken within one week in order to receive full credit; otherwise, expect to have your grade on them docked by one-half the total value of the quiz.

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.

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 Reading:

Students will be expected to prepare to read aloud the Greek text and their own literal English translation of it in class. The order of reading will be random, chosen by computer, so students should prepare the whole selection every day. Reading will be graded as prepared, ill-prepared, unprepared, or on an 8 point scale. Students may use any helps they choose outside of class to prepare the reading, but in the class the only books permitted are the Greek text and Kubo's lexicon. Specifically, I do NOT want to see open English Bibles, translations on loose paper, or interlinears of any type, including any hand-written interlinears in the student's Greek text!

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 to cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards. Students who engage in these behaviors will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, or being dismissed from the University. A student who believes that he or she is being treated unjustly may file an appeal with the Provost; the student must initiate the appeal within 48 hours after receiving notification of the consequence. Appeal procedures are available in the office of the Provost.

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.

Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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

Mission Statement of Ohio Valley University:

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.

MAJOR EXAM DATES:   Exam 1 -- Monday, September 19, 2005
                        Exam 2 -- Monday, October 17, 2005
                        Exam 3 -- Friday, November 11, 2005
                        Final Exam -- Wednesday, December 14, 2005
                                        10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Tentative Course Plan

WEEK ONE: 
 8/24/05 -- Introduction to the Course
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 500+ times
 8/26/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in I John

WEEK TWO: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 17-37 and write report
 8/29/05 -- Reading in I John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 201-500 times
 8/31/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in I John
              homework: prepare readings
 9/ 2/05 -- Reading in I John and Grammar Review

WEEK THREE: 
 9/ 5/05 -- Labor Day (no class)
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 151-200 times
 9/ 9/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in I John
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 38-64, and write report
 9/ 7/05 -- Reading in II John and Grammar Review

WEEK FOUR: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 65-80, and write report
 9/12/05 -- Reading in III John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 121-150 times
 9/14/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: attend Inman Forum for extra credit
 9/16/05 -- Attend INMAN FORUM

WEEK FIVE: 
              homework: study for test
 9/19/05 -- Major Exam
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 101-120 times
 9/21/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 81-113, and write report
 9/23/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK SIX: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 114-128, and write report
 9/26/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 91-100 times
 9/28/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
 9/30/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK SEVEN: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 129-159, and write report
10/ 3/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 81-90 times
10/ 5/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
10/ 7/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK EIGHT: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 160-178, and write report
10/10/05 -- Grammar Review and Reading in John
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 71-80 times
10/12/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
10/14/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
World Mission Workshop

WEEK NINE: 
              homework: study for test
10/17/05 -- Major Exam
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 61-70 times
10/19/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 179-191, and write report
10/21/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK TEN: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 192-212, and write report
10/24/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 56-60 times
10/26/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
10/28/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK ELEVEN: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 213-238, and write report
10/31/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 50-55 times
11/ 2/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
11/ 4/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK TWELVE: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 239-265, and write report
11/ 7/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 46-49 times
11/ 9/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: study for test
11/11/05 -- Major Exam
Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!

WEEK THIRTEEN: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 266-285, and write report
11/14/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 42-45 times
11/16/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
11/18/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

THANKSGIVING BREAK

WEEK FOURTEEN: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 286-302, and write report
11/28/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 38-41 times
11/30/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
12/ 2/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK FIFTEEN: 
              homework: read Wallace, pp. 303-321, and write report
12/ 5/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review
              homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 34-37 times
12/ 7/05 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John
              homework: prepare readings
12/ 9/05 -- Reading in John and Grammar Review

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
              homework: study for final exam
12/14/05 -- Final Exam (10:00-11:50am)

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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