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BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Students who successfully complete the requirements for this course will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired an understanding of the New Testament narrative in its historical and cultural context.
  2. Students who successfully complete the requirements for this course will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired an understanding of the New Testament’s fundamental doctrines and principles.
  3. Students who successfully complete the requirements for this course will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired an understanding of how the New Testament bears witness of the mission and message of Jesus Christ.
  4. Students who successfully complete the requirements for this course will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired an understanding of how selected New Testament passages can be applied to daily living.

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss the historical and cultural context of Jesus’ day, the teachings and events of his earthly ministry, and the scriptural sources and records containing such knowledge.
  2. Explain the fundamental doctrines of the gospel as taught by the Lord and as demonstrated by the example of his life.
  3. Strengthen your love for and commitment to Jesus Christ as the Eternal God of all mankind and your personal Savior.

Course Materials


The Holy Bible, King James Version, LDS edition (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book). This edition is especially valuable because of the footnotes, maps, Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary, and Joseph Smith Translation excerpts. You will read all of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John during the course. You should study them in sufficient depth so that you can become thoroughly familiar with the people, events, and teachings they contain.

Supplementary Reading List

These reference works are available to assist you as supplements to your scripture study. Although not required, it is recommended that you study one or more of them to help answer your questions and gain further insights.

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How to Study for this Course

Begin each lesson by first reading the introduction and objectives. Follow that by reading the scriptural text itself, and then read through the discussion material in the lesson to understand what ideas are highlighted. Follow this with a second careful reading of the scriptural text. Read the specific chapters assigned with the objectives of the lesson in mind. You will then be ready to complete the Speedback or instructor-graded assignment. The short answers and essays of lessons 5 and 12 need not be of great length, but should be answered comprehensively enough to show evidence of depth in reading and thought.


This course consists of fourteen lessons, each of which includes either Self Check questions, a Speedback assignment, or an instructor-graded assignment. Twelve assignments are to be submitted for grading. In Lessons 1 and 14, the Self Check questions will not be counted for grading.

File Format

Your written assignments must be submitted in .RTF format. To do so, follow these instructions:

  1. Type your paper in a word-processing program (such as Microsoft Word).
  2. When you save the file, click the Save as type: drop-down list.
  3. Select Rich Text Format (*.rtf).
  4. Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, “RELA211_ByronMerrill_InstructorGradedAssignment.rtf”
  5. Click Save.
  6. Submit the lesson’s .RTF file through the Instructor-Graded Assignment for grading.

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Your final grade will be based on the following percentages:

Assignments Percentage of Final Grade
12 computer-graded assignments 56%
2 instructor-graded assignments 9%
Final Exam 35%
Grade Scale
A 100%–94% C 76%–73%
A- 93%–90% C- 72%–70%
B+ 89%–87% D+ 69%–67%
B 86%–83% D 66%–63%
B- 82%–80% D- 62%–60%
C+ 79%–77% E (fail) 59%–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


12 computer-graded assignments and 2 instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 proctored, final exam (multiple-choice and essay questions), may retake once for a fee, must pass in order to pass the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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