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This course is the connecting link between the Testaments. It
shows the world into which Christianity was born. Thus one is better
able to appreciate the New Testament itself as well as to know the
people, the opposing forces, and the later departures, schisms, and
383.-The Gospels and the Acts.
The gospels are studied from Broadus' Harmony of the Gospels,
this being simply a parallel arrangement of the text of the gospels in
chronological sequence. Use is made freely of commentaries on the
leading features of the subjects dealt with. Through special assignments
for reading and by lectures the great subjects and chief problems
are studied. A manual on the life of Jesus is required as parallel
reading. Independent historical exegesis of various passages is required.
The student begins with the genealogies, the virgin birth, and
the ministry of the forerunner. The early Judean work is followed by
the great body of work in Galilee. The closing labors in Judea and
Perea are followed by detailed study of the last week, including the
trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. While the events are to be measured
in their chronological order, the essential feature of this course is
the close study made of the text itself, so as to know the teaching of
Jesus and the facts of /is life.
With the study of the personal ministry of Jesus is given a month
in the study of Acts. Thus we see the fulfillment of the promise of the
Spirit and learn of the establishment and early growth of the church.
In this apostolic history we see the disciples carrying out the commission.
The chief advantage will be the study of the conversions and of
the mission work of Paul. Readings will be required of the best references
in the latest books of archeology throwing light on the places,
customs, and religions of the time. A chain is fixed in which may be
fastened in order the letters to the churches and the other books as
well. Parallel reading of Robertson, Epochs in the Life of Paul, is required.
4 393.-Letters and Epistles.
Study begins with James, as perhaps the earliest of the epistles,
and continues with them in the order followed in Robertson, Chrono- )
logical New Testament. Each letter is outlined. Brief introductions as
to author, date, purpose, and teaching are given for all the books. The
historical situation is considered generally and locally as well as from
the way persons or doctrines are involved. Few references are made
to commentaries, but articles in Bible enclyclopediae will be referred to
occasionally. Following letters giving his teaching and work as
related to Acts, there will be a similar study in the pastorals and the
general letters. Last comes the Apocalypse, which will be studied for
all we may get from it in the light of previous studies. No feature is
made of any one theory of interpretation.
NOTE.-Young people preparing to preach and for mission work,
and others interested in more extensive Bible work than is here outlined
should write for our Bible School Bulletin.
This course presents a general study of the mental processes. It
is helpful to all work in philosophy and should enable the student
to appreciate critically whatever he may read along psychological
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920, book, July 1919; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45903/m1/43/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.