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46 ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
ciples of interpretation are applied in consideration of some safe and
sane problems of the Apocalypse by John.
373.-Inter-Biblical History. This part begins with the close of Old
Testament history, where Course 363 leaves off. By syllabus outline
an orderly study is made of the entire period, particularly of the
land of Palestine. Besides references to Josephus and encyclopediae
there is short connected reading of political changes through Persian,
kGreek, Maccabean, and Roman periods up to the beginning of the
gospel age. Considerable consideration is given to the apochrypha
and other extra canonical books as to the religious, social, and political
conditions. The rise of the Jewish sects is traced. The "Kingdom of
God" and the teaching of apocalypic writers are discussed by lecture
in the class. Angus' Early Environment of Christianity is read along
with select chapters from other manuals.
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,
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 his life.
With the study of the personal ministry of Jesus is given a month
in ie '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. Parellel reading of Robertsop, Epochs in the
Life of Paul, is required.
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, Chronological
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
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1920-1921, book, June 1920; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45935/m1/48/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.