BIBL1301 Biblical Literature: The Torah


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    BIBL1301 is an exegetical examination of the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. 


    John Oglesby, MA
    Bryant Poythress
    Dan Starcevich, PhD
    Jonathan Ward, M.Div 



    Module 1 – Introductory Matters: Hermeneutic and Exegetical Principles  

    Dr. Dan Starcevich explores the foundational aspects of understanding Biblical communication such as presuppositions, hermeneutics, and proper interpretation of the Scriptures.  


    Module 2 – Introduction to the Pentateuch 

    Dr. Dan Starcevich provides an introduction to the first five books of the Bible – namely, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. He explores subjects such as authorship, date of writing, its relationship to the rest of Scripture, and more.  


    Module 3 – Introduction to Genesis; Genesis 1–11 

    Dr. Dan Starcevich provides an introduction to the first book of book of the Bible and provides an exegetical analysis of the beginnings of that book.  


    Module 4 – Genesis 12–50 

    Dr. Dan Starcevich explores the remainder of Genesis, providing an exegetical analysis of its contents. The stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph are covered.  


    Module 5 – Introduction to Exodus; Exodus 1–14 

    Mr. Bryant Poythress provides an introduction to Exodus, the second book of the Bible, and an exegetical analysis of the first fourteen chapters of the book. Issues of higher criticism are examined. 


    Module 6 – Exodus 15–40 

    Mr. Bryant Poythress continues his exegetical analysis of Exodus concluding the study of Exodus and covering topics such as the Law, Israel’s problem, and others.  


    Module 7 – Introduction to Leviticus; The book of Leviticus  

    Dr. Jonathan Ward examines introductory matters to the book of Leviticus while also providing an exegetical analysis of its contents. 


    Module 8 – Introduction to Numbers; The book of Numbers 

    Dr. Jonathan Ward examines introductory matters to the book of Numbers while also providing an exegetical analysis of its contents. 


    Module 9 – Introduction to Deuteronomy; The book of Deuteronomy 

    Dr. Jonathan Ward examines introductory matters to the book of Deuteronomy while also providing an exegetical analysis of its contents. 


    Module 10 – Implications from the Pentateuch 

    Dr. Jonathan Ward, Mr. Bryant Poythress, Dr. Dan Starcevich, and Mr. John Oglesby discuss matters of the Pentateuch and focus on implications for the contemporary reader.  




    Required Texts:

     All CBU courses use the Bible as a primary textbook. Translations used for coursework include any of the following: NASB, ESV, KJV, and NKJV. Other translations/versions may be used for complementary study and research. 

    Herbert Wolf, An Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch (Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL: 2007) ISBN: 978-0802441560. $21.49. 

    Christopher cone, A Concise Bible Survey: Tracing the Promises of God (Exegetica Publishing, Fort Worth, TX: 2014) ISBN: 978-0976593034. $14.12. 



      Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

      1. To understand the foundational nature of the Pentateuch to the rest of Scripture
      2. To understand and apply the truths of the Pentateuch using a literal grammatical-historical hermeneutic method
      3. To understand the background and historical context for each of the first five books of the Bible 


      Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

      PLOs for A. Ed: 
      1. To prepare Learners for specialized undergrad study in transformative education theory and in leadership strategies.
      2. To provide Learners key worldview foundations for critical thinking and study.  
      3. To provide Learners with practical experience germane to their transformative learning and leadership.  

      PLOs for B. Ed:
      1. To prepare Learners for roles in transformative education teaching and service.
      2. To provide Learners a foundation for effective individual and organizational leadership in diverse environments.  
      3. To ensure Learners demonstrate worldview foundation for empowering people and building communities.  
      4. To develop Learners who formulate the Biblical approach to transformative learning and leadership


      CBU Learning Outcomes (CBULOs)

      1. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Research – Learners will demonstrate ability to think critically, solve problems, and conduct interdisciplinary research at a level appropriate to their program.
      2. Personal Growth – Learners will understand how learning is related to personal growth, and will be challenged to grow in their thinking, communication, conduct, and engagement with others.
      3. Skills Development – Learners will advance in skills related to their area of learning, demonstrating a level of competency appropriate to their program.
      4. Social Responsibility – Learners will appreciate the diversity in and value of others as designed by our Creator, and will grow in willingness and capability to serve others.
      5. Worldview Applications – Learners will become capable at thinking from a worldview perspective and will understand the relationship of description and prescription, so that they can ground their actions in sound principles.


      Assignments and Grading (1000 Points)

        1. Module Assessments (25 points each x 10) 250 Points (Multiple Choice) 
                  a. CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / CBULO 1,2

          2. Course Content Assessment 250 Points (Multiple Choice) 
                 a.  CLO 2 / PLO 3,4 / CBULO 3,5  

                        3. Reading Content Assessment 250 Points (Multiple Choice)

            1.                  a.  CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / CBULO 1,2

            2.           4.  Competency Assessment –  

            3.                 a. Writing: Write a 1500 word essay on a topic of choice within studies of the Pentateuch. 

            4.                 b. Project: Create a visual timeline of the events found within the Pentateuch. All major events should be represented by a date, graphic, and brief                               explanation of the event. 

            5.                 c. Recorded Presentation: Give a 30-45 minute presentation surveying one book of the Pentateuch.  

            6.                             i. CLO 3 / PLO 1,2 / CBULO 4,5  


            Grading Scale

            91-100%          A

            81-90%            B

            71-80%            C

            61-70%            D

            0-60%              F


            Carnegie Unit Credit Hour Equivalent

            Total Hours of Module Content:                    20 hours

            Total Hours of Reading Content:                    40 hours

            Total Hours of Minor Assessments:               30 hours

            Total Hours of Major Assessment:                 30 hours

            Total Hours of Competency Assessment:       15 hours

            Equivalent of 3 Credit Hour (135 hours of total course time)

            Course Duration Policy

            Learners may complete the course in as few as four weeks and in as many as sixteen weeks from the date of enrollment. 

            Writing Style Policy

            All written assessments must follow the style guide appropriate for each course subject as listed below:

            • PHIL/HUMA/HIST/LANG/BIBL – Chicago Style (The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, Seventeenth Edition)
            • EDUC/SCIE/MATH/PSYC – APA Style (The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition)
            • ENGL – MLA Style (MLA Handbook, Ninth Edition)
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            By enrolling in a CBU degree program, Learners commit that they will not give or receive aid in any work that is to be used by the professor as the basis of grading, and that, and will do their part to ensure that other Learners uphold CBU's Standards of Intellectual Honesty.

            The CBU faculty manifests its confidence in the honor of its Learners by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent intellectual dishonesty.

            While the CBU faculty alone has the right and obligation to determine academic requirements, Learners and faculty collaborate to establish the conditions for learning that is worthy of the worldview that CBU represents.

            Intellectual dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

            1. Copying from another’s work or allowing another to copy from one’s own work
            2. Representing as one’s own work the work of another
            3. Other forms of plagiarism.
            4. Unpermitted collaboration or provision of aid on an academic assignment
            5. Using the same paper or other coursework too satisfy the requirements of more than one course or degree

            The standard penalty for a first offense may include a failing grade for the course in which the violation occurred. Repeated offenses may include academic suspension or dismissal.