This course is a survey of the history, literature, and content of the New Testament, with an emphasis on the historical background of the New Testament and the influence of the literature on Western culture. The course will consist of reading and studying the whole of the New Testament, with additional readings from the textbook and other library and World Wide Web resources. It will be important for the student to keep up with all reading and written assignments.
This is a 3-credit-hour course, so is the equivalent of 3 one-hour lectures per week with at least another 3 hours of individual study and class assignments per week. As a general guide, students should schedule about 6 hours per week for this course, i.e. about an hour a day, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday for a brief review of the past week's work. Students who work steadily for an hour-or-so each day on this course should have no difficulty in getting a good Grade. Students who make a habit of leaving the week's work for an overnighter on Sundays will probably not do very well.
Those who have difficulty keeping to an orderly routine of study, or who lack self-discipline when faced with conflicting priorities, will probably do better to attend a lecture-based course rather than the Web-based course, and should register for one of the other sections of REL 103 offered at ENMU.
To enable the student :
Students are expected to read the whole of the New Testament and the assignments from the text book and other sources. Students may choose any non-sectarian translation of the Bible. Help in choosing Bibles for study is available on the
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students should refer to the university catalogue for a definition of academic dishonesty and its penalties, or they should go to this Web Page and familiarize themselves with the relevant material.
Grades will be based on exams and class assignments (essays and weekly reading reports). The Final Exam will be given during Finals' Week at the end of the semester. Students are expected to take exams at the times scheduled. Students who cannot take an exam at the scheduled time are expected to take the exam at an earlier time.
Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible so that necessary accommodations may be made.
ENMU Reasonable Accommodation statements:
Background Knowledge/Skills : Students should be comfortable with reading and writing at College level, and should have sufficient computing, word processing and library skills to be able to complete assignments without overstraining themselves. Those who wish to improve their writing skills may take advantage of the Writing Workshops which Student Academic Services offers free to all students.
The instructor is available to meet with any student regarding any matter. The instructor will be available at the office hours posted, and at other times by appointment. Students may contact the instructor by phone 9 am to 9 pm. Home phone (505) 763-0101, with an answering machine to leave messages, or e-mail Dr. Rollinson
Grades will be based on : Assignments + Essays + Exams
|Computation of Grades :|
|90 - 100 %||= A|
|80 - 89 %||= B|
|70 - 79 %||= C|
|60 - 69 %||= D|
|0 - 59 %||= F|
The BIBLE : It is recommended that each student use at least 2 different translations of the Bible.
If a student has facility in another language besides English, it is good to read the Bible in that language also.
Students who are learning Greek and/or Hebrew should read and translate at least a few verses each day.
The Zondervan Handbook to the Bible
(editors : Pat and David Alexander) ISBN 0-310-23095-0
The course is divided into 15 units corresponding roughly to the weeks of the semester.
Each "weekly Unit" will conclude with an assignment, which is to be completed and e-mailed to the instructor by 9 am on the following Monday.
3 - 5 hours per week reading, 2 - 4 hours per week writing, 1 - 2 hour per week library/computer
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
How to get an "A"
REL 103 Resources
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Aids to Bible Study
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Department of Religion
Station 19, ENMU
Portales, NM 88130
Last Updated: January 29, 2008