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Course Outcomes

The purpose of this course is to help students become thoroughly acquainted with Acts through Revelation doctrinally, spiritually, and academically. This course will be administered at a university level, which will be reflected in your exams and in assignments. You will be responsible for your own progress. The learning outcomes (what you should expect out of this course) of this course are acquiring an understanding of:

  1. The narrative in Acts through Revelation in its historical and cultural context
  2. Fundamental doctrines and principles in Acts through Revelation
  3. How Acts through Revelation bears witness of the mission and message of Jesus Christ
  4. How selected passages from Acts through Revelation can be applied to daily living

Please note that this is not a course on what commentators or religious leaders have taught concerning Acts through Revelation, including both scholars in general and restoration prophets and apostles. Instead the course will remain focused on the writings of the New Testament authors. In other words, this is a course about the text of the New Testament.

Course Materials

Required Textbooks

Holzapfel, Richard N. and Wayment, Thomas A. 2010. The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost to the Apocalypse. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book.

Jackson, Kent P. 2011. The King James Bible and the Restoration. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book.

Millet, Robert L. 1987. Studies in Scripture, 6: Acts through Revelation. Ed. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, Print. 1-11.

Smith, Joseph Fielding. 1999. Doctrines of Salvation. Complete Three-Volume Work [3-1]. Sermons & Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft.

The 35th Annual BYU Sperry Symposium. 2006. How the New Testament Came to Be. Provo: Brigham Young University.

Note: This textbook recently went out of print, though it is still available in used format from online booksellers for those seeking a hard copy. Alternatively, students may purchase the textbook in e-book format from Amazon or Deseret Book. Both retailers provide free e-book readers for a variety of devices, including phones, tablets, and personal computers.


Deseret Book


Blumell, Lincoln. 2006. “Scribes and Ancient Letters: Implications for the Pauline Epistles,” in How the New Testament Came to Be, ed. Kent P. Jackson and Frank F. Judd. Jr. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and Provo: RSC, 208–226.

Blumell, Lincoln H. and David M. Whitchurch. 2011. “The Coming Forth of the King James Bible,” in Kent P. Jackson ed., The King James Bible and the Restoration Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and Provo: Religious Studies Center, 43–60.

Griffin, Carl W. and Frank F. Judd Jr. 2006. “Principles of New Testament Textual Criticism,” in Kent P. Jackson and Frank F. Judd Jr. eds, How the New Testament Came to Be. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 78–92.

Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel. 2010. “From Temple and Synagogue to House-Church,” in The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles, ed. Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 117–133.

Huntsman, Eric. 2006. “The Occasional Nature, Composition, and Structure of Paul’s Letters,” in How the New Testament Came to Be, ed. Kent P. Jackson and Frank F. Judd. Jr. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and Provo: RSC, 190–207.

Jackson, Kent P. 2011 “The English Bible: A Very Short History,” in Kent P. Jackson ed. The King James Bible and the Restoration. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and Provo: Religious Studies Center, 11–24.

Smith, Joseph Fielding. 1954. Doctrines of Salvation. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1: 76–77.

Non-Required Additional Resources

Olitzky, Kerry M. and Kravitz, Leonard S. 1993 Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics (Modern Commentary On), Mishnah, Pirqe ‘Abot 4.7.

At the end of each lesson there will be a list of additional resources that you may consult to either confirm or broaden the ideas and principles taught in the lesson. I have attempted to limit these to relevant resources with a particular emphasis on works that have shaped the history of the discussion.

Lesson 1

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Lesson 11

Lesson 12

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Each lesson includes a short quiz section that applies to the materials of the lesson and assesses mastery of the lesson objectives. Each quiz contains questions that ask for factual recall of lesson materials and application of principles learned.

Scripture Study Assignment

The scripture study assignment is intended to teach you how to search your scriptures in ways that may be unfamiliar to you. When completing the assignment you will be able to use your scriptures and any resources available via lds.org. When you complete your asignment you should note that providing a scripture reference where you found the answer is as important as providing the correct answer. You will receive half credit for an answer because the scripture source for that answer is either incorrect or missing in your answer. All of the answers to the questions on the study exam are found in the standard works. The purpose of this assignment is to turn your attention to the wealth of resources provided about the recent printing of the LDS scriptures (see Learning Outcomes).

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Midcourse Exam

There are 46 questions total for the Midcourse exam; including multiple-choice responses, matching, and essay questions. You will write your answers to the essay questions on the Written Response Sheets provided with the exam. There is no time limit, but the exam should not take more than 2 hours. The exam is closed book and closed notes

Final Exam

There are 31 questions total for the Final exam; 28 multiple-choice responses and 3 essay questions. You will write your answers to the essay questions on the Written Response Sheets provided with the exam. There is no time limit, but the exam should not take more than 2 hours. The exam is closed book and closed notes.

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One computer-graded quiz for each of the 12 lessons (10 questions in each lesson at 1 point each=120 points).

Scripture Study Assignment

(120 points). This assignment will be graded by the professor and will assess the student’s ability to use print and electronic resources for searching the scriptures.

Midcourse Exam

(120 points).This test will be computer-graded (50 questions).

Final Exam

(120 points). Comprehensive computer-graded (50 questions).


Grades will be determined on the point system. The grading scale is as follows:

Quizzes 120 25%
Scripture Study Assignment120 25%
Midcourse Exam 120 25%
Final Exam 120 25%
Total Points 480
Percentage to Letter Grade
A 95–100
Ebelow 62

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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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Course Policies

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


Twelve computer-graded assignments; may be resubmitted once for a fee. 1 instructor-graded assignment; may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 proctored, multiple-choice, instructor-graded midcourse exam. 1 proctored, multiple-choice, instructor-graded final exam; may retake once for a fee. All assignments must be submitted and graded before requesting the final exam. Students must pass the final exam 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

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