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RELG 203 MIDTERM

RELG 203 MIDTERM - RELG 203 Bible and Western Culture...

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RELG 203: Bible and Western Culture Midterm Study Guide On the midterm you will find a short list of terms taken from the list below. You will be asked to identify each term, noting what or who it is and how it relates to the major themes of the course. In the case of biblical passages, you should be able to indicate the general content of the passage and explain why it is significant. Example: Apple. The apple often appears in representations of the temptation scene in Genesis 3. Although the biblical text itself does not indicate what kind of fruit grew on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the artistic tradition of depicting the fruit as an apple has influenced cultural perceptions of the scene. In addition to the identification of terms, you will also be asked to respond to several short-answer questions (no more than a paragraph). Although there may be some overlap between the identification terms listed below and the short-answer questions, it will be helpful to review the assigned readings, lecture outlines, your notes, and your responses to the weekly reading questions (together with any comments from the instructor or teaching assistants). 2 Chronicles 3:1–2: “Then Soloman began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David. He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.” Mount Moriah is identified with Mount Zion; this is the place where Abraham was commanded to sacrifice Isaac. Solomon built the temple where the Lord had appeared to his father David. Aaron: Aaron is the brother of Moses and became the First High Priest of the Hebrews. When Moses was on Mt. Sanai, Aaron watched over the Jews. Because of his partnership with Moses and Moses’ actions, Aaron wasn’t allowed into the Promised Land . Abel: Abel is the brother of Cain and the son of Adam and Eve. He was killed by his brother because as a shephard, God favoured Abel’s sacrifice over his brothers’. Abel is significant because he is the victim of the first murder . Abraham: Abraham is the father of the people of Israel and the father of monotheism because of the important role he plays in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. God asked Abraham to kill his son, Isaac, and he offers him as a sacrifice but God does not require that he kill him in the end. Abraham offers Isaac because he believes that God will bring him back to life; this represents faith in the resurrection . Three angels visit Abraham on the roadside (believed that is was the Lord) – Abraham
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