RELI 106 essay questions

RELI 106 essay questions - 4 Describe the schism between...

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RELI 106, FALL 2011 STUDY ESSAY QUESTIONS FOR MID-TERM EXAMINATION I Note: Mid-Term Exam I covers the material from the beginning of the semester up to the Seleucid conquest of Palestine in 198 B.C.E. (in other words, it includes the Ptolemaic period but not the Seleucid period). 1) What are the biases of the writers/editors of the Hebrew Bible and how are they expressed in the biblical text? 2) Who was Ezra and who was Nehemiah, and what did they accomplish in Jerusalem? Why did Ezra oppose intermarriage? 3) Describe the components of the documentary hypothesis and at least one example of a biblical text that shows evidence of it.
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Unformatted text preview: 4) Describe the schism between the Samaritans and the Judeans. What are the similarities and differences between these two groups? 5) Describe Josephus’ account of Alexander the Great’s visit to Jerusalem. Why is this story legendary rather than historical? What immediate impact did Alexander’s conquest have on the Judeans? 6) What do we know about the translation of the Pentateuch into Greek, and why it is important? 7) Describe the story told in the Book of Tobit. What is its genre, when is it thought to have been composed, and what is the point (or points) of the story?...
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