BIB 266 Greek Readings II Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 01 Room: Stotts 313 Day/Time: MWF 10:45-11:35am
Office: Stotts (NC), Room 311 Telephone: 304/865-6120/295-6486
Office hours: MW 1:40-3:10pm; TTh 10:45-11:45am; 12:40-1:40pm;
4-5pm; F 2:45-3:45pm
This course will focus on improving reading skills in Koiné Greek. To accomplish this, four methodologies will be employed. First, students will read the Gospel of John and selections from Paul's letters 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 textual criticism. Fourth, students will research the range of meaning of Greek words as found in Danker.
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. I do count half 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 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. A drop from your only Bible course may affect your ability to enroll in the next semester.
I will be in my office ten 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 there.
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 reading reports and classroom discussion; vocabulary memory skills as vocabulary quizzes and major exams; lexical research skills as evidence by an vocabulary reports; and memory organization and retention as evidenced by major exams.
Your grade for the class will be based on four major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), weekly vocabulary quizzes, attendance, preparation to read in class, reports on lexical studies, and pop quizzes, homework, and reports over the reading in textual criticism. Pop quizzes may also be given over assigned reading from the grammar review in Kubo or class handouts. 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 text critical 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. Lexical studies will be a brief report on the range of meaning of words assigned in class. The meanings should be taken from the lexicon edited by Danker. 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 may be dismissed for Lectureship. If so, students will be expected to attend at least a one hour textual 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. Two grace days will be given 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.
Reading preparation grades will be given for each time the student reads as follows:
Read well and quickly 8 points Each mistake -1 from the 8
Come to class prepared to read well.
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 Pop Quizzes and Reports 15% Major Tests 45% Final Exam 20% Bonus Points 3%
The course includes readings in textual criticism from almost 100 pages of Metzger's Text of the New Testament. The entire work is worth reading, so bonus points will be added on to the final score of those industrious students who read extra pages and report on them. To gain bonus points, for each of the first, second, and third hundred pages, the student should read the hundred pages and then write a 50 line double-spaced typewritten report reviewing and reacting to the material which was read but not assigned below. Up to three papers can be done this way, and up to three extra points will be given for the extra work done.
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 will be accepted for only half credit, 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 are absent without good reason will receive a zero on the 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.
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 on a scale of 0 to 8 points as outlined above. 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!
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 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.
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, inform your instructor and your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Provost to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.
MAJOR EXAM DATES: Exam 1 -- Friday, February 3, 2006 Exam 2 -- Friday, February 24, 2006 Exam 3 -- Friday, March 31, 2006 Final Exam -- Wednesday, May 3, 2006 8:00a.m.. - 9:50 a.m.
WEEK ONE: Introduction to the Course 1/11/06 -- Introduction of the Course/Reading in John homework: study John's special vocabulary from Kubo (first column) 1/13/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John WEEK TWO: homework: lexical study from Danker 1/16/06 -- Reading in John homework: study John's special vocabulary from Kubo (second column) 1/18/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 223-225 1/20/06 -- Reading in John WEEK THREE: homework: lexical study from Danker 1/23/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 32-33 times 1/25/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 36-40 1/27/06 -- Reading in John WEEK FOUR: homework: lexical study from Danker 1/30/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 30-31 times 2/ 1/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: study for test 2/ 3/06 -- Major Exam WEEK FIVE: homework: lexical study from Danker 2/ 6/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 28-29 times 2/ 8/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 41-58 2/10/06 -- Reading in John WEEK SIX: homework: lexical study from Danker 2/13/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 26-27 times 2/15/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 61-63, 67-81 2/17/06 -- Reading in John; First Bonus Report Due WEEK SEVEN: homework: lexical study from Danker 2/20/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 25 & 24 times 2/22/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: study for test 2/24/06 -- Major Exam WEEK EIGHT: homework: lexical study from Danker 2/27/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 23 & 22 times 3/ 1/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 129-135 3/ 3/06 -- Reading in John SPRING BREAK WEEK NINE: homework: lexical study from Danker 3/13/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 21 & 20 times 3/15/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 169-173 3/17/06 -- Reading in John WEEK TEN: homework: lexical study from Danker 3/20/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 19 times 3/22/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 186-200 3/24/06 -- Reading in John; Second Bonus Report Due WEEK ELEVEN: homework: lexical study from Danker 3/27/06 -- Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 18 times 3/29/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John homework: study for test 3/31/06 -- Major Exam WEEK TWELVE: Lectureship homework: lexical study from Danker 4/ 3/06 -- Lectureship or Reading in John homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 201-221 4/ 5/06 -- Lectureship or Reading in John homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 17 times 4/ 7/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in John WEEK THIRTEEN: homework: lexical study from Danker 4/10/06 -- Reading in Philemon homework: study Kubo's special vocabulary for Gal. 4/12/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in Philemon homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 226-229 4/14/06 -- Reading in Galatians WEEK FOURTEEN: homework: lexical study from Danker 4/17/06 -- Reading in Galatians homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 16 times 4/19/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in Galatians homework: read Metzger TNT, pages 234-236, 238-239 4/21/06 -- Reading in Galatians WEEK FIFTEEN: homework: lexical study from Danker 4/24/06 -- Reading in Galatians homework: study Metzger vocabulary for 15 times 4/26/06 -- Vocabulary Quiz and Reading in Galatians homework: read in Metzger TNT for bonus 4/28/06 -- Reading in Galatians; Third Bonus Report Due WEEK SIXTEEN: homework: study for final exam 5/ 3/06 -- Final Exam (8:00 a.m.-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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