RST 40 final study guide

RST 40 final study guide - FINAL STUDY GUIDE Identification...

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FINAL STUDY GUIDE Identification Questions (11) 1) "The Book of Revelation symbolically identified an evil of Satanic origin at work through the medium of the Roman Empire and emperor worship. Specifically the Emperor Domitian…, whose distrust of religious deviations seems to have led to local harassment of Christians and who signed himself as Lord and God, may have epitomized the offense. It is possible to see 2 Thessalonians in the same light since it mentions persecution and evil deceit and associates the activity of Satan with the coming of the lawless one who exalts himself above every god and seeks worship by sitting in the temple of God…." 2) "Some interpreters claim that James was not intended for a specific group of Christians, but was simply an eclectic collection of moral instructions applicable to all." 3) " Revelations reuses many of the elements from Ezek, Zech, the Isaian Apocalypse, and Dan; but it does so with remarkable creativity." 4) "In all likelihood this pseudonymous work was chronologically the last NT book to be written; and, as we shall see, despite a somewhat bland first impression it has been in our times the subject of acrimonious debate." 2 Peter 5) "In other words, the writer accepts and feels free to cite a wide collection of Israelite and Christian traditions, and is not confined to a collection of written books ever deemed canonical by any group that we know. Thus canonicity may never have entered the writer's mind." Jude 6) "Although the letter does not depend for its meaning on a knowledge of X's career, in the NT Titus (never mentioned in Acts) is described as having been converted by Paul and brought to the Jerusalem meeting in AD 49 (Gal 2:1-3) to demonstrate how genuine a Christian an uncircumcised Gentile could be." 7) "In its vision of Christ, of his body the church, and the mystery of God hidden for ages, Collasians is truly majestic, and certainly a worthy representative of the Pauline heritage." 8) "Among the Pauline writings only Rom can match Ephesians as a candidate for exercising the most influence on Christian thought and spirituality." 9) The word "pastor" is from Latin. What did/does it mean? Shephards 10) What OT/HebScrp city is Rome frequently likened to? Babylon 11) How many churches received letters in Rev? 7
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12 & 13) What two books are named after members of Jesus' family? 14) When did Paul die in Rome, according to tradition? 65 CE 15) When did Nero commit suicide? 68 CE Short Answers (3 for 16) 1) What makes a "Pastoral letter" a pastoral letter? In other words, why are the three texts that are grouped as "Pastoral letters" grouped as such? The Pastoral letters are: 1Tim, 2Tim and Titus. These texts are considered pastoral because of their central concern-no longer the missionary expansion that dominated the first years of Christianity, but the care of evangelized communities after the missionaries had moved on either geographically or through death. This care is recognized as “pastoral” and is appropriate in no other way because of the
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