HISTORY & LITERATURE
Dr. Ted Hildebrandt email@example.com
BCM 103 Office: MacD 111
Tel: Ext. 4412 Spring, 2020
hours: Usually in 8:00-10:00 MWF
Usually in 8:00-12:00 TR
1. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce the student to the New Testament by examining each book as to its content, major questions and themes. An introduction will be given summarizing the historical and cultural developments that took place between the testaments. This will provide a necessary background for understanding the cultural milieu of the various audiences reflected in the New Testament. The life of Christ as portrayed by the various gospel writers will be developed in detail. The spread of the gospel via the ministries of the apostles will be examined, with emphasis on the work of Peter and Paul in the book of Acts and selected epistles. The course will conclude by developing the themes and structure of the book of Revelation.
1) You will know what happened between the testaments and understand
how those cultural developments impacted the New Testament.
2) You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the chapter content of a
large portion of the NT (Matthew, and perhaps Acts and Revelation).
3) You will understand the nexus between the book of Acts and the epistles
4) You will gain a factual knowledge of the major events of Christ's life and
the core elements of his teachings.
5) You will be able to communicate an appreciation for the NT and its
relevance to spiritual formation, development of a personal values system
and worldview. Did Jesus come to promote a worldview?
6) You will delight in exploring the life of Christ and the relevance of His
teachings to the existential issues which are faced by all humankind.
7) You will be able to describe the flow of thought and major
themes of most of the NT.
8) You will be able to rehearse a detailed knowledge of the life
and message of Jesus Christ.
9) You will be able to quote many key passages of the NT by memory.
10) You will understand the development and
struggles of the early church.
3. TENTATIVE CALENDAR:
Week 1: Background: Babylonian, Persian, Greek, the synagogue,
Week 2: Background: Hasmoneans, Romans, sects
Week 3: Matthew
Week 4: Matthew
Week 5: Mark, Luke
Week 6 Synoptics; Background and Synoptic
Week 7: John
Week 8: Acts
Week 9: Acts
Week 10: Romans
Week 11: Corinthians;
Exam: Acts, Romans, Cor
Week 12: Pauline Epistles
Week 13: Non-Pauline Epistles
Week 14: Hebrews
Week 15: Revelation; Exam: Epistles,
4. Tentative Evaluation
Percentages: generally I begin my curve with the
following and then curve from there.
Quizzes 30% [Generally quizzes every Friday]
3 Exams 70%
5. Extra Credit may be received (up to 5 points) by:
Extra credit projects
may be earned: (up to 5%) email or talk with me to
set this up. [Due by May 1]. The filling of all requests for such extra
credit will cease on Monday April 27. If you want to do EC please
contact me either by email or at the end of a class so we can set this
1) This semester we will be working on finishing the time stamping the
biblicalelearning.org lectures on NT books. What this amounts to is
transcribing those lectures (3 lectures = 5% [usually takes 5-7
hours]. There are also full lectures on Apocrypha and Cultural
Background to the NT by David de Silva. (5%). I’m also trying
to add closed captioning to the video lectures which is another
EC option if you are familiar with Adobe Premiere Pro.
Talk to me as I’ll need to set it up online for you. These will need to be
word perfect and sign at the end affirming that
Once the transcription process is completed we can work on
putting section titles and timings (10-18 per lecture) for the various
lectures online (talk to the prof. about which ones need doing).
If you are into graphic design and would like to do something along
the lines of crafting a parable visually,
etc. (reformatting our website to
make it look more visually and useable) please talk to me early in the
If you’re a Computer Sci. person moving DASV over from Gordon’s
faculty web site to biblicalelearning.org. There is also VR projects for
graphic design and videographers on sites in Israel to work on..
Another path would be to develop your own
questions for Matthew and/or Mark. Or if you are a programmer
Talk to me if you’d like to pursue this option.
If you speak a foreign language fluently (Chinese, Portuguese,
Spanish, Korean, Japanese) you could work on translation projects
translating the class PowerPoints or some of the transcriptions.
If you get in trouble grade-wise in this course use extra to
bail yourself out. If you’re willing to work you can get the grade.
credit is due by mid-night Friday May 1—plan ahead –
late work on this will not be accepted. Hard deadline. No
EC requests will be accepted after
Monday April 27. No honors requests will be accepted
after April 14.
6. Honors option: If a student receives over a 94 on the first exam and has
maintained a 90 or better quiz average, s/he may request the honors option.
The student will work on a project with the prof. related to the OT Web site,
to their interests, skills and possible options. Often 6 lectures are
outlined and time stamped. This project will
replace the final exam hereby easing your finals week preparations. You final
exam score will be an average of your first and second exam. Talk to me if
you’d like to do this option after you’ve taken the first exam. We also may
be developing a series of fill-in the blank question sets for Matt. – Acts. As
another option. This option must be requested no later than one week
following the second exam.
your reading materials will be available on Blackboard and/or my web
site. The fee for the use of these materials is $20 which saves you at least $50
from having to purchase a textbooks etc. These articles are available in print and
audio formats and a DASV translation/audio of the entire NT is also available.
Get Lost in Jerusalem online will be used at various times in the course and will
be available in various computer labs on campus as well as online.
All students taking the course are required to purchase these online course materials for $20 cash. Please pay for them during the first week or so. If payment is received after Friday January 31 the price goes up to $40 and no quizzes or exams will be accepted or make-ups allowed after Friday Jan. 31 is passed if payment has not been received. In short, get your $20 in before Jan. 31 as I don’t want to have to chase you down especially when I’m trying to save each of you well over $50 per student [compare how much it is for textbooks in your other classes].
I do not make anything personally from this as the funds are used to develop the more supplemental materials for the NT course.
Basically everything you need is on the web site. Blackboard will only be used for the gradebook.
The web site is: http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/index.cfm then go to BCM 103 NT Lit and everything will be developing there over the semester. It probably would be good to bookmark it. The other way to get there is to simply Google “Ted Hildebrandt” and look for Gordon College usually at the top of the search list of links. The weekly assignments are listed there. The online “syllabus” takes precedence over this printed syllabus as we make our way the course this semester. In short, the printed syllabus which is found both on Blackboard and on the web site may become obsolete so keep
your eyes on the web site version of it on a weekly basis.
Gordon workload statement: For each semester hour of credit, students should expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours per week outside of class in engaged academic time. This time includes reading, writing, studying, completing assignments, lab work, or group projects, among other activities.
Cheating Policy: Cheating in any form will result in an automatic failure
of that quiz or
exam or possibly the entire course. This is a Bible class, cheating is taken
very seriously as a violation of the whole course and the integrity this
course is trying to teach.
Gordon’s Academic Dishonesty Statement (Plagiarism Policy):
“Academic dishonesty is regarded as a major violation of both the
academic and spiritual principles of this community and may result
in a failing grade or suspension. Academic dishonesty includes
plagiarism, (see Plagiarism in Student Handbook), cheating
(whether in or out of the classroom), and abuse or misuse of library
materials when such abuse or misuse can be related to course
with Disabilities: Course Accommodation
Gordon College is committed to assisting students with documented
disabilities (See Academic Catalog Appendix C for documentation
guidelines). A student with a disability who may need academic
should follow this procedure:
1. Meet with a staff person from the Academic Support Center
412, X4746) to:
a) make sure documentation of your disability is on file in the
b) discuss the accommodations for which you are eligible,
c) discuss the procedures for obtaining the accommodations, and
d) obtain a Faculty Notification Form.
2. Deliver a Faculty Notification Form to each course professor
the first full week of the semester; at that time make an appointment
to discuss your needs with each professor.
Failure to register in time with your professor may compromise our
ability to provide the accommodations. Questions or disputes about
accommodations should be immediately referred to the Academic
Support Center. See Grievance Procedures available from the
The quizzes focus on the actual content of the Bible
reading, memory verses and supplemental reading (exams will be
over the lectures—Use the NT Lit Bible Quizzer as much of the
quiz will be pulled from the questions found in that quizzer). All
quizzes should be taken on time. The same questions can also be
found on quizlet.com. Many students like that format better.
Missed quizzes will be assessed as to whether they are excused or
unexcused. Unexcused absences will result in an automatic
deduction of 20% for that quiz. Both excused and unexcused
absences must be made up within one week from when the quiz was
originally given. If a student gets to class late after the quiz has
begun, the quiz must be made up within the next week as either
excused or unexcused. You are not allowed to use electronic
devices of any sort for the quizzes. Open head closed phone, pod,
pad, tablet, or laptop etc.
C. EXAMS: All exams must be taken on
time. They will be over the lecture material. Exams are not like quizzes.
The exams will be built
off the questions in the interactive video/quiz combos. I am also trying to load these questions on “Quizlet.com” which will offer
an alternative way of learning them.
For exams no electronic devices will be permitted in the room
so leave your cell phones, ipads, iphones whatever at home for
the time of the exam.
5. Integrity and Classroom Etiquette
This is a large
class and because of abuses in the past I am declaring this a
digitally free zone (no computers, pads, or phones). If you must have
use of these devices for academic purposes the front two rows will be
reserved for those special exceptions.
This is a class in biblical studies. Integrity is at the heart of what is being
learned. Thus any cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic failure of the whole course. If you are unclear what falls into the category of plagiarism check in the Student Handbook pp 8f. Gaming, surfing, texting, email reading/sending, tweeting, IM, YouTube, Facebook, etc. in the classroom are rude and unacceptable. Be wise. Here are a few comments on classroom etiquette. Class times are learning times for discussion, taking notes and interacting. The following activities are inappropriate inside the classroom context: talking to others outside of the class discussion flow, whispering, sleeping, hand-holding, touching and massaging another, un-civil comments or behaviors not conducive to the learning environment. Basically anything that is disruptive to the classroom instructional environment is not kosher. Students engaged in these activities will be asked to leave the classroom and must talk to the professor in person before being readmitted.
6. RESOURCES BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Achtemeier, Paul, Joel Green, and Marianne Thompson. Introducing
the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology. Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
Blaiklock. E. M. Cities of the New Testament. London: Pickering and
Brown, Raymond. An Introduction to the New Testament. New
York: Doubleday, 1997.
David. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods &
Ministry Formation (InterVarsity Press, 2004).
Ferguson, Everett. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. Grand Rapids:
Guthrie, D. New Testament Introduction. Downers Grove, IL:
InterVarsity Press, 1971.
Pfeiffer, C.F. Between the Testaments. Grand Rapids: Baker Book
Powell, Mark A. Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary,
and Theological Survey (Baker Book House, 2009).
Stein, Robert. Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ.
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.
Yamauchi, E. Archaeology of the New Testament Cities in Western
Asia Minor. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980.
NTS TENTATIVE ASSIGNMENT SHEET (vid. Online schedule)
NOTE: Depending how the semester goes, oral instructions given in
class may over-ride this projected written schedule. The syllabus and
updated assignment schedule will also be posted online.
or just Google: “Ted Hildebrandt” look for the Gordon College site
and then bookmark it.
Class lectures/discussions since the last exam and the memory verses
and perhaps Picture Scripture since the last exam (Friday May 8 12:00-2:00).
The final exam schedule is set in stone and not
flexible by the registrar and is set
in stone make your flight plans accordingly.
FAMILY TREE FROM MATTAHIAS TO HEROD AGRIPPA
(cp. Gromacki p. 16 and Scroggie p. 29)
MATTATHIAS 167 BC
Johanan Simon Judas Eleazar Jonathan
died in murdered died in died in murdered
battle 134 BC battle battle 142 BC
161 BC 161 BC Diplomat
Hasmonean Line Maccabee:hammer
Hyrcanus II Aristobulus II
executed 30 BC poisoned 49 BC
Alexandra - - - married - Alexander Antipater
Mariamne - - married to/killed by - Herod the Great [Jesus]
Herod Philip 4BC-34AD Herod Antipas Aristobulus Archaelaus
Mk 6:17 4 BC-39 AD 4 BC-6AD
first husb- Galilee & Judea &
and of Perea, Samaria
Herodias Herod Agrippa I [John Bapt. Killed by]
Mk 6:17 AD 37-44
Forsook Herod Acts 12:1
(Jn Bapt killed)
By Philip Paul’s trials
Bernice Herod Agrippa II Drusilla
Acts 25:13 AD 48-70 Acts 24:24
Keeping the characters of 1 Maccabees straight
Philip of Macedon (Alexander the Great’s father; Alexander studied under Aristotle)
Persians ß--à Alexander the Great [Greek, ca. 333 BC]—defeated the Persians [=Iran]
Alexander dies: 1) Ptolemy takes over Egypt
2) Antiochus Ephiphanes over Syria
(ca. 168 BC)—Israel between these 2
The book of Maccabees records the wars between the Syrians under Antiochus
and the five sons of the old priest Matthias (Maccabee) from Modin (ca.
Antiochus IV called Epiphanes (tyrant, desecrates temple, persecutor of Jews)
—King of Syria
His Generals: Apollonius (minor)
*Lysias [main general] who battles with Judas Mac. while
Antiochus is off to battle in Mesopotamia
Under Lysias are: Ptolemy, Nicanor, and Gorgias (his aids)
Lysias fights Judas Maccabeus for Jerusalem and Bethzur
(elephant battle); Judas defeats Gorgias and then Lysias
Judas then rededicates the temple (=Hanukkah)
Antiochus Epiphanes dies:
Antiochus Eupater + Lysias make peace with Judas fearing instability back
in Antioch where Philip and Demetrius oppose and kill them (Lysias &
Antiochus Eupater). Demetrius becomes King of Syria.
Demetrius puts the corrupt Jewish priest Alcimus in the High priesthood
Bacchides is Demetrius’ general who fights the Jews
Nicanor [diplomat/general] tricks Judas Mac. but is defeated.
Bacchides is sent again and Judas is finally killed.
Alcimus is killed and Bacchides makes peace with Jonathan Mac.
who is sworn in as High priest)
Demetrius II takes over the Syrian throne in opposition to Alexander
Balas. Apollonius fights for Demetrius II and Jonathan Mac.
Demetrius II and Ptolemy VI (Egypt) make an alliance.
The Maccabees will go to Rome for a treaty to stop the Syrian aggression.
Later Ptolemy of Egypt will go up and fight against Syrians (Alexander)
Tryphon, pirate type, supports Alexander Balas’ son Antiochus as ruler of
Syria, Tryphon fights and murders Jonathan.
Simon is the only Mac. left. Demetrius II recognizes Simon’s priesthood; under
Simon becomes hereditary called the Hasmonaean dynasty.
Simon is later murdered and John Hyrcanus his son takes over