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Genesis
OBST-650

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 05/25/2021

Course Description

An examination of Genesis with particular emphasis on the major themes and events: creation, flood, patriarchal narratives, and the Abrahamic Covenant. Attention will be given to significant historical and archaeological details relative to the cultural milieu as well as to crucial theological concepts found in key chapters in the book.

Requisites

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

Rationale

This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools to understand and apply this foundational Old Testament book of beginnings. The ministerial student should be able to properly understand and interpret this Old Testament book for preaching, teaching, and/or counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the general themes and contents of Genesis.
  2. Describe the major critical issues and interpretive problems in Genesis with due attention to literary genre.
  3. Discuss the general cultural, geographical, historical, and religious background for Genesis in its ancient Near East context.
  4. Use the book of Genesis as an aid in understanding Christian theology and devotionally in his/her personal walk with Christ.

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 output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Canvas recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. Interactive Turabian-Based Writing Guide

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and 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 will be required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates' threads. Each reply must be at least 225 words. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

Critical Analysis Assignments (2)

Students will complete a critical analysis of both Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? and The Bible Among the Myths. Both of these analyses must completely satisfy the two-part prompt provided in the assignment instructions which asks students to provide a summary of each work's major highlights and critically engage what each work offers in their respective presentations. (MLOs: B, C)

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete 4 quizzes throughout the course. Questions are drawn from the presentations and readings throughout the course. Each quiz consists of 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The quizzes are open-book and open-note but must be completed within 1 hour and 30 minutes. (MLOs: A, D)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussions (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

Critical Analysis Assignments (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Quizzes (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, 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 board 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 board 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 board 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+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

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.

Additional Items

Program Learning Outcomes for OBST 650

OBST 650 supports the academic programs of the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity as an Old Testament elective.

The program learning outcomes for these programs are listed with the program in the Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog. This course is related to at least one of the program learning outcomes listed for each of these programs and contributes to your success in acquiring the knowledge and skills that are described. Here is the link to the catalog page where this information can be found:

John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Graduate Catalog (https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=41704)

Schedule

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

Course Requirements Checklist

Module 1: Week 1
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Quiz: Introduction to Genesis

Module 2: Week 2
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Critical Analysis: Genesis: History, Fiction or Neither Assignment

Discussion: Imago Dei

Module 3: Week 3
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Quiz: Creation and the Flood

Module 4: Week 4
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Discussion: Abrahamic Covenant

Module 5: Week 5
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Quiz: The Beginning of a Family

Module 6: Week 6
Learn

Read: 3 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Critical Analysis: The Bible Among the Myths Assignment

Discussion: Sovereignty

Module 7: Week 7
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Quiz: The Beginning of a Nation

Module 8: Week 8
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Discussion: Perseverance