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Thl- Chapt 3 questions - ECTGQ3 Name Michael Lepri R.L...

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ECTGQ3 Name Michael Lepri R.L. Wilken, Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God Chapter 3: The Face of God for Now Guide Questions 1. What does Augustine advise the reader of the Christian Scriptures to do? To treat the scripture of God as the face of God 2. How did Moses respond when he found himself face to face with God? Moses received the law on Mount Sinai 3. Think of other reactions to meeting God/Jesus that would help in our understanding of Augustine’s advice. Other Reactions to God/Jesus include the story of the temptation of Adam an Eve, Abrahams sacrifice of his only son, David’s desire for Bathsheba, Job’s suffering, Christ’s temptation in the wilderness 4. Of the list of events any Christian would remember from the Bible (pp. 51-52) which three seem most important to you? - The Birth of Christ - The temptation of Adam and Eve - Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection 3 days later 5. According to Wilken, what did the Bible do for Christians? Wilken says the bible “formed Christians into a people and gave them a language 6. Augustine, a Classically educated man, initially held the Christian Scriptures in disdain because of their inferior literary style. What, according to Wilken, made the Bible so different for the Classically educated? Reading the Bible was different for the classically educated because they were used to reading in a refined style and beyond that they never had read anything that had “entered into a mysterious world more alluring than anything they had ever known” 7. How did Ephrem the Syrian respond when he first read the book of Genesis? He was filled with joy and it seemed as though it was life changing for Ephrem. He also said the “verses and lines spread out their arms to welcome me” Our Wisdom ECT Chapter 3: Guide Questions to the Readings 1
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8. Among the Early Christian writers considered by Wilken, what makes Clement of Alexandra uniquely interesting? He was the most literary and immersed in the culture of the Hellenistic world, and he could quote passages from playwrights and poets from his time. The most interesting thing about Clement is probably that he was a layman, not a Bishop. 9. In his elegant prose Clement advises the Greeks to forsake two mountains and take up dwelling in a third. What is the symbolism here? The symbolism is that the Greeks should abandon the cults and come to believe in the one true God 10. For Clement, what is the “heavenly word?” The heavenly word is the divine logos that had come present in the person of Christ. 11. How had this Logos spoken to people? The Logos spoke through Moses, through the exhortations of the proverbs and in the gospels. 12. For Clement, what is the purpose of the “divine scriptures?” Clement sees the “divine scriptures” as a guide to a holy life and a source of truth” 13. “In Clement’s writings the Bible emerges for the first time as the foundation of a Christian culture.” What is the difference when Clements quotes ancient Greek
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