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Hebrew Bible: Open Forum 1. While speaking to God, Abraham stated, “far be it from you to do such a thing, to make the innocent die with the guilty, so that the innocent and the guilty would be treated alike! Should not the judge of all the world act with justice”, in order to say that God should act just and well (Genesis, Chapter 18, line 25). However, in Genesis, Chapter 3, God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden for fear that they might eat from the tree of life and cursed the serpent for speaking the truth. Would the actions of God be considered just and well? Why or Why not? 2. In Exodus, Chapter 20, God announces the commandments to his followers, one of which stated that “you should not kill”. However, in Chapter 19 of Exodus, God told Moses to set limits around Mount Sinai and warned that anyone who touches the mountain will be put to death. Why is it that God is telling people to not kill but he himself threatens to kill? 3. Is God’s actions towards the Egyptians be considered right and just, “I will stretch out my
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Unformatted text preview: hand, therefore, and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there. After that he will send you away. I will even make the Egyptians so well-disposed toward this people that, when you leave, you will not go empty-handed. Every woman shall ask her neighbor and her house guest for silver and gold articles and for clothing to put on your sons and daughters. Thus you will despoil the Egyptians”? Should God be right and just towards his followers only? Or should God be right and just towards all of humanity? Vocabulary 1. Smite- inflict a heavy blow on (Exodus, Ch 3, line 20) 2. Despoil- having been robbed and destroyed by force and violence (Exodus, Ch 3, line 22) 3. Gentile- a group of people belonging to a non-Jewish group (Leviticus, Ch 26, line 38) 4. Bdellium- an aromatic gum like myrrh that is exuded from a tree (Genesis, Ch 2, line 13) 5. Enmity- a state of deep-seated ill-will (Genesis, Ch 3, line 16)...
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