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Comments:1305 - Dr. Kennedy is not a great teacher. His exams are a heavy portion of your grade, and while they are only 50 multiple choice questions, they are a mix of easy questions and questions that are no where in the material. By the end of this course, he expects you to have read about 85% of the Bible and filled out his ridiculously long study guides for each book, but he only lectures on about 20% of it. He is a nice guy, and its easy to get him off topic if you just ask about his art. Okay class if you are ready to spend hours a week doing homework for religion.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2018-01-11

Comments:1310 - Kennedy is not a good choice to take. he is super quite and boring when he lectures and his test are outrageously hard. He expect you to read about 40-50 pages a night and do the 30-50 question study guides over the reading. he expects a ton of outside work and pointless detail memorization to get a good grade in his class. Try to get someone else if you can.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2017-05-06

Comments:1301 - While I respect Dr. Kennedy's knowledge of the subject, he should not be a professor for a general ed requirement at the university. He is likely a great professor for upper-level material and graduate students, but for a class like 1301, filled with freshman, his teaching is near incomprehensible. The workload is a huge amount of reading for each meeting of the class and he tests over the minutia of each book. He frequently got behind schedule or off-topic making the tests all the more difficult. If you take this class, get ready to buckle down, because you will struggle to maintain a decent average in this class.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2017-02-06

Comments:1310 - I had his Tuesday/Thursday class which became painfully boring to sit through. During lectures he just talks about whatever he feels like, usually based on his powerpoints. If you take Kennedy, you will either need to already have extensive knowledge of nearly every book of the Bible, or be ready to dedicate lots of time to reading and rereading it. You will read nearly the entire Bible in this class. He provides study guide questions and claims that all of the test questions come from the study guides. However, there are so many questions, I couldn't remember all of the information during the exams. There are 10 online quizzes and 3 of them are dropped. The exams are multiple choice. Tuesday/Thursday has three exams with 75 questions, and MWF has four exams with 50. If you have no other choice, at least choose MWF, that will make it easier to do well.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2017-01-14

Comments:1310 - I'd avoid Kennedy if you can. He is very unorganized with his PowerPoints, often asking the class where we left off the previous day. He doesn't seem like he's all there, and will stop the lecture to go off on the most unnecessary tangents. He doesn't follow the reading schedule, and you have no idea what is going to be on the test until the class before, making it extremely hard to properly study. Also, the tests are loosely based on the study guides and powerpoints, so there's no real way to get a good grade on the tests unless you read the 400ish pages the tests cover multiple times. The only good thing about the class is that you get out 20 minutes early almost every class.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2017-01-08

Comments:1305 - He doesn't tell you what will be on the test until 2 days before. He also posts study guides for each book of the Bible- I did every single one and I believe that not one of the study guides helped me on the test. The TA doesn't hold any type of tutoring/office hours- PLEASE take another professor. RUN AWAY!!  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2016-12-18

Comments:1310 - Professor Kennedy is a nice guy, but thats really all I can say about him. I was very persistent with him and would go to his office hours often because if I wasn't persistent he would forget. I knew when I was about to take my first test in his class it would be trouble. Two weeks in advance of the test I asked him what it would cover and he didn't answer me until two days before the test. He gives a study guide for every book of the bible so you don't know which ones to fill out until the last minute and they barely help on the test. He has a lot of test questions with a bible verse and then asking which book of the bible did the verse come from. The tests are basically your grade because he gives no homework grades just quizzes over homework readings. He is also very unreliable because he said that he drops the lowest three quiz scores, but he told me that if the quiz scores benefitted the student he wouldn't drop them and I had a C+ with my quiz scores and then the day before final grades were released I guess he changed his mind and he dropped the quizzes which left me with a C. He also told our class not to study for 2 Thessalonians because he was not going to include it on the final, yet he did include it on the final and even the TA was confused because he said he wasn't. I would avoid taking him at all costs he is a cute old guy, but an extremely frustrating, unreliable professor.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2016-12-17

Comments:1310 - Dr. Kennedy is a funny (& pretty odd) guy, but he isn't the best (or most reasonable) teacher out there. Tests were 75 or so multiple choice. Most of the questions were pretty easy if you have a good memory, then there were like 10 that were absurd, but you can normally deduce the answer if you know the Bible moderately well. They also come out of the study guides he gives, but that can get up to 500 questions easily & he asks ridiculously specific questions sometimes. You are expected to read probably 70% of the Bible in this class. Lectures are very boring. I always had a timer on my laptop. Nice thing is sometimes he will let you out upwards of 30 minutes early if he finishes a slideshow & doesn't want to move on. Oh, & he only teaches out of the slideshows, which don't really matter because he only asks questions out of the study guides. To study, I found it sufficient to just go skim through the study guides (which I had already completed) & see if I could answer them. Once I could, I was done. Maybe 45 minutes. Completing them the first time was the terrible part. Go to the SI session. I'll say it again, go to the SI session. You will learn a lot more about the Bible, though. But not worth it. Pre-engineering & I spent by far the most time on this class. Not worth it, take someone else.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-31

Comments:1310 Honors - Class was extremely boring and did not help with the test material at all. Our tests were all short response, fill in the blank, and essay with no multiple choice. They were very hard and I felt like no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't earn a better grade in the class. Dr. Kennedy talks very slowly and will put you to sleep (some people in class were actually known to pass out on a regular basis). He teaches off his power points which aren't good to begin with and I didn't enjoy any aspect of the class.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2015-12-20

Comments:REL 1310 Honors - The first impression you get of Dr. Kennedy is that he doesn't seem like he is all there. He is really quirky and just doesn't really seem like he is all together. This is frustrating at first but you learn to deal with it and it actually becomes pretty amusing. He provides study guides for all of the reading but that being said study guides are generally about 30 questions long for each book; some however reach to 60 questions. Tests cover on average about 5-10 books so you are often studying about 500 questions per each test. (This is including the textbook that only honors classes will have.) The first test I wasn't sure what to expect and got a B. To do well you basically have to memorize every study guide question because there is no way of knowing what he is going to ask. The rest of his tests I got As on but I spent the most time studying for his test out of every other test I have ever taken. His class is definitely hard but it isn't impossible. If you take him be prepared to work or else you will NOT end up with an A and maybe not a B. There are definitely easier professors out there so don't think all of them are hard.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-17

Comments:1310 - Kennedy is the worst. He gives you material on the test that you have never seen before, and is unhelpful if you ask him about it. His tests are vague on what to study. He's a nice guy and you want to like him, but he is a horrible professor.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2014-12-11

Comments:Hebrew - Dr. Kennedy is a pretty bad professor. He basically just reads you the book every class, which is extremely boring. He never really checks homework though so that's cool. I just got the hang of it after a while. I would just memorize the English sentences and know translations of a couple words, and then just spit the sentences out on tests. It worked pretty well for me. Probably an easier class than Latin. But not by much. Its still pretty hard.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2014-04-26

Comments:Honors Scriptures - Dr. Kennedy's class was overall a good experience. He certainly comes from a more "liberal" school of biblical scholarship, and definitely flaunts it to his students by challenging the more conservative perspectives. I felt like the explanations of the texts were too naturalistic most of the time, and I consistently disagreed with him; but, it definitely made you think. He is a pretty engaging professor, and loves his students. There are only multiple choice questions on the tests and quizzes, and they are easy if you did the study guides. I really appreciate Dr. Kennedy, and glad I was able to take a class with him.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-01-09

Comments:Scriptures - The first two tests were fairly simple, but I was blindsided the first test which dropped my grade down to a B and I was never able to bring it back up. Quizzes are easy and he is an okay lecturer, but the last two tests are tricky.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2012-04-11

Comments:1310 Honors - I'll start with the good. Dr. Kennedy has an immense respect for his students. From the first day of class he goes out of his way to make sure that none of his students feels uncomfortable participating in class discussions regardless of their religious backgrounds. We had in-class discussions on everything ranging from homosexuality to women's rights, and Dr. Kennedy was very respectful of all opinions presented. Now for the not-so-good. I felt like the class under Dr. Kennedy was inconsistent and lacking in perspective. The workload was really bizarre. Some nights, we would be assigned less than ten pages to read. Other nights, we would be assigned nearly 100 pages. Some study guides--the source of his test questions, by and large--only asked about relevant details and told you where in the books you needed to look to find the answers. Other study guides had ridiculously pointless details and seemed to expect you to read through the entire assignment (and the editors' notes) to find the answers. Some of his pop quizzes were so easy that I would skim the section headings of our homework passage and make a 9/10. On others of his quizzes, I made a 6/10 despite having read the entire assignment. Some of his class lectures delved into historical contexts of different books of the Bible (the more interesting days), and some of his lectures were uninteresting powerpoint presentations that simply summarized the texts from the night before without offering much in the way of new insights (which is why, despite what the reviewers below said, his willingness to stop and offer to clarify was pretty pointless most of the time, because the material was so straightforward). So, suffice it to say, I had mixed feelings about this class. Grades: 11 journal assignments x 10 points each 7 highest quizzes (out of 10) x 10 points each 3 tests x 75 points each (none of which is comprehensive)  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-12-13

Comments:Scriptures - Dr. Kennedy was a very resonable teacher. His jokes were hilarious and his teaching style got the job done. Do not listen to everyone when they say you read the entire Bible in this class. That is an entirely false statement. We do have daily reading but you do not actually have to do the reading because he gives you questions to answer and tou simply have to find the answers. The homework rarely took more than 20 minutes a night. His tests cover the reading and the lectures that he gives. The first two are very easy but the next two are a little more difficult. I took notes and did the readings and got A's on all the tests. There are also ten simple quizes throughout the semester. Theyt are all unanounced, but he drops the lowest three. If you keep up witht the class they are essentially a joke. One plus is that there are no research papers at all. Overall, he is a very nice man who just wants to teach you about the Bible. I would take him again due to the fact that his homeowork and lectures more than prepare you for the exams. Easy A if you do the work.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-11-17

Comments:1310 - I read his ratings on BU Books and I was so upset that I got him. Then I went to his class. Funniest, cutest, most precious little man EVER! The first 15 mins of class are probably the best because he usually says something really off the wall. Like the first day, he walked in and goes "are you my class? wait, you guys don't know who I am." Stuff like that happens all the time. Sometimes he uses power points for lectures, which definitely help. It doesn't hurt that his slide effects amuse and distract him too. But when he lectures without a power point, you still get it, it can just be a little boring sometimes. And he is always stopping asking if people have questions or don't understand something. He is definitely there to help. I also like that he doesn't try to make his opinion your opinion. He lets you know from the beginning he is a baptist man with baptist ideals, but he is fine with non baptist ideas too. That leads to some pretty good class discussions.He gives 10 pop quizzes over either the readings for that class or lecture notes from the previous class. So definitely skim those a little before class. I'm not going to lie, we basically read the whole bible in a semester. But luckily, he gives you study guides for the readings. I know plenty of people who just did the study guides and still passed with A's and B+'s. Pretty easy and entertaining class. TAKE HIM!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-11-01

Comments:1350 H (Christ Scripts H) - Easy class. LOTS of reading though. You read basically the whole bible in a semester. Kennedy is eccentric and scatterbrained, but hilarious. If you don't want to have class just ask him questions. Start with "the one where he was camping and he saw a bear" or "the frog with the big grin" or, my personal favorite, "the man with the brown coat." His teaching is boring, and the class gets old, especially if you take it Tues Thurs, but thinking back on it, I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on him. The first ten minutes of class everyday are just too great. My biggest regret: Not bringing a video camera.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-01-07

Comments:1310 - Dr. Kennedy is eccentric, unorganized, scatterbrained and a headache I didn't need. He constantly mixes up important dates, gives conflicting instructions regarding tests and assignments, and fails to provide the study materials he promises. He does try to clarify his meaning, but it usually comes too little, too late. He obviously has a lot of knowledge about Hebrew, the Old Testament and the culture the biblical texts derive from. It was disappointing, however, that the majority of the course was spent in great detail of the first several book of the Bible, and the New Testament was hastily crammed into the course's time constraints.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2009-12-10

Comments:1310 - Kennedy is an extremely nice man! Kinda funny and quirky but that just makes him more likeable. His tests, I thought, were easy and he really loves what he is teaching. The tests are more over what people think of the bible than the actual events in the bible. He deff showed that he wants everyone to make an A in the class. His tests are mainly from lecture and the writers' views in the access bible. good guy! I'd take him again  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2009-07-07

Comments:HEB 1301/2 - While the course load itself was difficult- that was the nature of the language. Dr. Kennedy makes the class enjoyable with his very amusing and offbeat sense of humor and random stories. Very approachable. For HEB 1301 there was a lot of memorization as he seemed to be just getting used to the course and changed the test set up for the last two exams. For HEB 1302 he set it up so that we can use a lexicon so we no longer needed to memorize vocabulary, rather he tested us only on sentences and verses we translated in class and verbs that he parsed for us. There is a quiz almost every Friday which helps balance a poor exam score. Occasionally he will have a multiple choice quiz but most are write-in. He assigns work every night for homework but does not check it, very few in the class did the actual homework once we passed midterms for HEB 1301 and rarely if ever for 1302 as he went over it in class.   - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2009-02-21

Comments:Christian scriptures - Before the class I looked at BUbooks ratings of him and was terrified but it was not bad at all and the test were easy!  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-03-28

Comments:Several - I have taken Dr. Kennedy for several classes at Baylor and they have all been incredibly different. Dr. Kennedy can be an easy or difficult professor- it all depends on how much you are willing to put into the class. He is whimsical, and so many are tempted to take him lightly, but he is also one of the most brilliant and insightful professors I've had and his classes can be difficult. He can be inconsistent at times, but is very approachable and fair and he will respect you. If you like to learn for the sake of learning, then I recommend Dr. Kennedy.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-01-05

Comments:1310 - Alot of people I know had trouble with this class, but it is actually easy if you write down everything he says in class. His test come from what he says in class and what he tells you will be on the test. He assigns a lot of reading for the first few weeks i read and then i stopped. He gives 10 pop quizzes throughout the year and 3 tests including the final. I got an A on every test but I had to study. The quizzes are all true false. If you do the reading they are really really easy. But if not its just the luck of the guess. He drops the lowest three too. He is really funny and i never minded going to class. Id say take him or sis had him and she loved him.   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-04-14

Comments:1310 H2 - Dr. Kennedy is a character. He's pretty entertaining for a professor, and I'm almost positive that he has A.D.D. His tests aren't really based on anything, he just kind of pulls stuff from the air. However, that doesn't make them hard. I blew off his class and still came out with a B. I wouldn't recommend taking him, but he's not a bad professor.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2007-02-13

Comments:1310 - This is the best teacher you can have. He is a little goofy but he is the nicest man ever. His workload is even less than Sadlers. All you have to do is read the assignment and take the tests. You can usually get by with just reading spark notes, but you have to study for the three tests. they ar really easy though if you study because they are all multiple choice and he gives reviews. Take his class!!  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2007-01-07

Comments:1310 - This dude had a very interesting sense of humor that many may not appreciate; the class material wasn't all that stimulating, but its teacher can make that very interesting. Take Kennedy, he is a baller.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2006-03-10

Comments:1310 - A wonderful, unique teacher who loves to teach and help students. He gave us more than enough chances to achieve at least an A. However, as everyone else has mentioned, his tests are difficult. Make sure you read the Bible, really!  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2005-09-12

Comments:1310 - He teaches well and his lectures are fairly interesting. His tests are hard though and invlove identifying the book that an obscure passage of scripture comes from. Although he's a really nice guy, but only take his class if you're willing to study hard.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2005-02-15

Comments:1310 - I had Kennedy a year ago and after reading the other reviews, I thought I'd add my two cents. Kennedy is a quirky, but extremely nice man. He is more than willing to listen to what you have to say and try to help you get to the root of any problem you have in his class, but that doesn't dismiss the fact that his class is HARD. It is the only grade below a B I have EVER gotten for a course, and I take honors program courses every semester. The tests were near impossible. I studied for 25 hours over a two-week period for one of them and received a 78 for my efforts. I learned a lot from him, but the tests were not an accurate measurement of our knowledge, and unfortunately they are what determine your grade. As much as I liked Kennedy personally, I'd take another teacher if I were you.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2005-01-11

Comments:1310 - Dr. Kennedy is a funny man (sort of) a little bit on the psychotic side but funny. Unfortunately that doesn't make a good professor. He gives good notes but his test have nothing to do with notes only the quizzes do. He assigns a big workload for a class that most people only take cuz they have too. If my class 19 people failed. Get someone else to teach if you want to help your GPA not hurt it, but he is a nice guy.   - Grade In Class:D

Date: 2004-11-14

Comments:1310 - I went to Dr.Kennedy's class in total fear that he was going to be a mean and terrible teacher. When I got to class, he turned out to be a nice bald man, who loves to joke around. I think he is an awesome professor. He is very thorough with his lectures, but he is concise and to the point (which means we got to get out of class early a lot). He extremely smart and just as nice. He is always willing to hear a student's opinion or thoughts on the topic of discussion. I've learned so much. There is a lot of reading, but it's easy to handle if you just make time. I totally recommend him. He will help you.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2004-07-22

Comments:Hebrew 1 - Hard course but this guy is awesome, I only dropped the course because of outside circumstances. I will take this course over if I can. Take this guy!  - Grade In Class:DROP

Date: 2004-07-06

Comments:REL 1310 - I would not take Kennedy. I was excited about taking scriptures until I went to class. He does not test over the Bible but rather what the writers of the interpretive notes think about the Bible or random facts not relevant to the understanding of the Bible. I actually had a question on the final that gave part of a verse and the question told us to identify what book of the 19 books of the Bible we had to study for the final did it come out of. I couldn't believe that this professor is still able to teach in the religious department at a religiously affiliated school.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2004-05-12

Comments:1301 - I am a 3.5 student and my grade in his class will bring me DOWN. OMG if you dont do the study guides every night, you will fail. His lectures arent over the bible, but what people think of the bible. I am more stupid bc i have taken his class, and may god have mercy on my soul.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2004-05-07

Comments:scriptures - Dr. Kennedy really does suck at life. He has a sense of humor that makes me ill to my stomach and grades on material that he doesnt tell us it will cover. if you would like to pass and learn something get another proffesor.  - Grade In Class:F

Date: 2004-04-29

Comments:Scriptures - Dr. Kennedy's scriptures class was not one to be taken lightly. His lectures are based solely on the commentary in the bible. None of the test covers the material that is on the reviews. I would not recommend him if you want a high grade.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2004-04-28

Comments:Scriptures - Dr. Kennedy definately has an interesting sense of humor, but I didn't mind class at all. There is more study on what people think about passages of the Bible than what the Bible actually says, so be sure you know his opinion if you want to do well. He assignes whole chapters for one night, along with study guides, so be prepared to read practically the whole Bible if you want to keep up. It's easy if you read, do the study guides and look over your stuff before the test. I liked Dr. Kennedy a lot and would recommend him!   - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2004-04-07

Comments:1310 - I took him for honors, and I really liked the class. He's a really nice person and a really good teacher. There's a lot of reading, and make sure you pay attention to the commentary. I recommend him.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2004-01-14

Comments:1310 - Took him for honors and the majority of our class simply got caught off guard. A lecturing teacher, he has tests that can be difficult if you have not adequately prepared, as his questions are usually cannot be reasoned through if you do not immediately recognize the answer.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2003-12-10

Comments:1310 - Most people told me he was easy...but the test are fricken difficult... I admit he's a pretty good teacher but only if u really enjoy religion...i wouldn't recommend him.  - Grade In Class:D

Date: 2003-11-11

Comments:He's funny, and wonderfully nice. He's a great prof, and if you want someone who will work with you and treat you kind even if you're doing badly, take him.

Comments:Dr. Kennedy focuses more on the meaning and commentary on the Bible rather than the Bible itself. The workload depends on whether honors or not. In honors, research modules are done every week and if you do not read and study the commentary in the Access Bible, on the tests you're basically screwed.


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