Syllabus for Religion 212

Summer Term 2011

New Testament

Acts – Revelation


Instructor: Michael Rhodes                                                           Office: 316D JSB                                                              Phone: Office: 422-2445      

Office Hours: M, T, W, Th 11:00-12:00                  Email Address:

Meeting Times:

Section 002: M, T, W, Th 10 -10:50 178 JSB

Midterm Exam: In the Testing Center Mon July 18 to Fri July 22

Final:In Testubg Center during finals period: Wed Aug 10 - Thu Aug 11

Required Texts: Standard Works: Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of Great Price

Suggested Books for Reference:

 Understanding Paul, Richard Lloyd Anderson
Doctrinal New Testament Commentary
, vols. II and III, Bruce R. McConkie
The New Testament with Joseph Smith Translation
, Steven J. Hite & Julie Melville Hite
Opening the Seven Seals: The Visions of John the Revelator
, Richard D. Draper

Student Learning Outcomes

Brigham Young University: To assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life by providing an education that is (1) spiritually strengthening, (2) intellectually enlarging,  (3) character building, and (4) leading to lifelong learning and service.

Religious Education: Students who successfully complete the required Doctrinal Foundation core in Religious Education will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired an understanding of LDS scripture, doctrine and history through the process of rigorous study and personal faith (Doctrine and Covenants 88:118).

Inherent in the process of learning by study and by faith is the responsibility each student assumes for their part in the learning process. Therefore, students who apply themselves will be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas: (1) recall factual information necessary for a basic understanding of LDS scripture, doctrine and history, (2) analyze and interpret LDS scripture, doctrine, and history, (3) use factual knowledge and conceptual understanding of LDS scripture, doctrine, and history to problem solve, and (4) seek the Holy Ghost as an aid in studying and pondering LDS scripture, doctrine, and history.

Religion 212: At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Outline the secular historical background of the New Testament.

2. Describe the growth of the Church during the period of the New Testament.

3. Identify the fundamental Gospel principles taught in Acts-Revelation.

4. Clarify the fundamental Gospel principles taught in Acts-Revelation by the use of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

5. Expound on the fundamental Gospel principles taught in Acts-Revelation with statements from modern apostles and prophets.

6. Understand how to apply these Gospel principles to their own life.

Measures of Student Learning 

Assigned Scripture Reading before Class 

You are expected to have done the assigned reading for each lesson before the class in which that lesson is covered. You need to mark having done this in Blackboard before class begins. You can mark this reading from two days before the assigned class up until the hour that class begins on that day. For each reading not done ahead of time (and marked in Blackboard), you will have 2 points deducted from the possible 50 points for reading.


You will take the quizzes in Blackboard. They will consist of five questions on the assigned reading for the class on that date and the class prior to that. The quizzes can be taken up to 2 days prior to the time indicated in the syllabus, but must be completed by the time the class meets on that date. You may use scriptures and notes when you take the quizzes, and they will not be timed. After you have completed the quiz, Blackboard will give you your score and feedback on any question you missed. Instead of quiz 14, you will receive 10 points for filling out the online teacher evaluation by logging on to Route Y and clicking “Student Ratings.”

Second Scripture Reading 

During the course of the semester you are to read the second half of the New Testament (Acts – Revelation) a second time. This needs to be some other version than the King James Version – the Revised Standard Version, the Contemporary English Version, etc. or a foreign language you are fluent in – the choice is yours. Note that this is not extra credit. If you do not do it you will loose 50 points. When you have completed this second reading, mark having done it in Blackboard. You have until the last day of the final exam period to complete this reading.

Midterm Exam 

The midterm exam will be given in the Testing Center. It will consist of 50 questions—some multiple choice, some matching, and some true/false. The majority of the test material will be over what is discussed in class, although there will be a few questions that cover material in the assigned reading. If you choose take the midterm on the last day, you will be charged a late fee.

Final Exam

The Final exam will be given in the Testing Center during the finals period. It will consist of 100 questions—some multiple choice, some matching, and some true/false. It will be comprehensive, covering all course material from the beginning of the semester. The majority of the test material will be over what is discussed in class, although there will be a few questions that cover material in the assigned reading.

Class Preparation and Attendance:

You should come to class each day having read the assigned reading for that day and be prepared to discuss it. You should always bring a copy of the Standard Works with you. You are expected to attend each class period. I will pass a roll around for you to mark your attendance. Marking the roll indicates that you were present during the entire class, i.e. you did not arrive late or leave early. For each class missed, you will have 2 points deducted from the possible 50 points for attendance. There will be no excused absences. Since a significant portion of the exam questions will be based on classroom discussion, it is to your advantage to be in class every day.


This course will be using Blackboard extensively. You can access Blackboard by logging on to Route Y and clicking the Blackboard Icon. You will be using Blackboard to record your reading and to take quizzes. You will also be able to check your cumulative points in the course at any given time. I will regularly post announcements on Blackboard for the course. Using Blackboard you can also email me with questions you might have. Outlines of each lesson as well as other supplementary material helpful for the course are also available there.


Class Attendance

 50 points

Assigned Scripture Reading before Class

 50 points

Quizzes (14 at 10 points each)

140 points

Second Scripture Reading (Acts – Rev.)

 50 points

Midterm Exam

100 points

Final exam

200 points


590 points

Your grade for the course will be based on the percentage of points that you earn. I will curve the grades based on the overall performance of the entire class.

University Policies

Religious Education fully supports all University policies including those that relate to the honor code, sexual harassment and to students with disabilities, and classroom disruption, and online evaluations. You can review these policies in their full form on the Religious Education website. See

Frequently asked questions about Religious Education can be reviewed at the same site.

Class Schedule

Note that the quizzes are all online in Blackboard and must be completed before the beginning of class on the day scheduled.



Scripture Reading





Mo 20

Introduction to Course


Tu 21

Acts 1-8


We 22

Quiz 1, Acts 10-13:5


Th 23

Acts 9


Mo 27

Quiz 2, Acts 13:6-18:23


Tu 28

1 Thess. and 2 Thess.


We 29

Quiz 3, Acts 18:24-21:17; 1 Cor. 1-3


Th 30

1 Cor. 4-11





Mo 4

Independence Day Holiday


Tu 5

Quiz 4, 1 Cor. 12-16; 2 Cor.


We 6



Th 7

Quiz 5, Romans 1-5


Mo 11

Romans 6-8


Tu 12

Quiz 6, Romans 9-16    


We 13

Acts 21:18-28:31; Colossians


Th 14

Quiz 7, Ephesians, Philemon; Review for Midterm



Midterm Exam – Mon 18 July – Fri 22 July


Mo 18

Philippians, 1 Timothy


Tu 19

Quiz 8, 2 Timothy, Titus


We 20

Hebrews 1-10


Th 21

Quiz 9, Hebrews 11-13


Mo 25

Pioneer Day Holiday


Tu 26

Quiz 10, James


We 27

1 Peter


Th 28

Quiz 11, 2 Peter





Mo 1

1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude


Tu 2

Quiz 12, Revelation 1-3


We 3

Revelation 4-18


Th 4

Quiz 13, Revelation 19-22


Mo 8

Quiz 14 = fill out online teacher evaluation, Review

Note that the quizzes are all online in Blackboard and must be completed before the beginning of class on the day scheduled

Lesson Outlines (click on lesson to go to that page):

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Michael D. Rhodes