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Gospel of John
BIBL-160

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 03/31/2022

Course Description

A thorough investigation of the fourth Gospel, highlighting the person and work of Jesus Christ, God’s own Son. Differences between this Gospel and the Synoptics will be considered.

Requisites

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course explores the Gospel of John and its subject, Jesus Christ, as well as issues related to both topics in order to edify the student’s faith and equip him/her for effective ministry.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the Old Testament feasts in John.
  2. Construct a chronological timeline of the life of Jesus Christ as shown in John.
  3. Analyze how the deity of Christ is developed in the Gospel of John.
  4. Compare the Gospel of John with the three synoptic Gospels.
  5. Articulate the case for John the Apostle as the author of the Fourth Gospel.
  6. Evaluate various views of the Gospel of John critically in light of what is taught in this course.
  7. Relate principles from the Gospel of John to his/her own life.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Canvas recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. Interactive Turabian-Based Writing Guide
    6. The Holy Bible
    7. Concordance

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 300-500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150-300 words. (CLOs: A, D, E, F, G)

Gospel of John Timeline Assignment

With the use of the Gospel of John and the Towns textbook, students will construct a chronological timeline of the life of Jesus Christ according to John’s Gospel. (CLO: B)

Deity of Jesus Mind Map Assignment

A central theme within the Gospel of John is the deity of Jesus Christ. John displays this through several features and supporting themes within his book. For this assignment, students are to create a Mind Map, with Jesus’ Deity in the center and then branch out with the different themes and ways that John displays His deity. (CLO: C)

Quizzes (5)

Students will take 5 quizzes covering the course reading and presentations. Quizzes contain anywhere from 40 multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions, are open-book/open-notes, and must be completed in 90 minutes. Throughout the course, students must read the Gospel of John twice and the assigned Towns and Morris textbook readings. The Bible readings in each module must be read through twice to ensure the requirement is met. Quiz: Reading Report assesses how much of the assigned reading was completed. (CLOs: B, E, F)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussions (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Gospel of John Timeline Assignment 

150

Deity of Jesus Mind Map Assignment

150

Quizzes (5 at 80 ea)

400

Total

1010

Course Policies

Policies

Following Instructions: Failure to properly follow the instructions for any assignment will result in a lower grade; the student will not be allowed to resubmit any work that was done improperly. Students must ask for clarification about instructions before submitting the assignment.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Module 1: Week 1
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 6 items

Apply

Discussion: Towns' View on John's Goal

Module 2: Week 2
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 4 items

Apply

Quiz: Word of God — The Water of Life

Module 3: Week 3
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 6 items

Apply

Discussion: Christ the Deity

Module 4: Week 4
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 5 items

Apply

Gospel of John Timeline Assignment

Quiz: Bread of Life

Module 5: Week 5
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 6 items

Apply

Discussion: The Vine and The Branches

Module 6: Week 6
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 6 items

Apply

Deity of Jesus Mind Map Assignment

Quiz: The Light — Good Shepard

Module 7: Week 7
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 6 items

Apply

Discussion: The Deity of Jesus

Module 8: Week 8
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 2 items

Apply

Quiz: Victorious One – The Great Shepard

Quiz: Reading Report