Judaism readings questions- 3rd edition

Judaism readings questions- 3rd edition - Judaism 1(pg...

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Judaism 1 (pg 68-77) : A Ritual Initiation; Overview: Diversity in Judaism; The Biblical Period: The Historical Development of Judaism; Creation in Gen; The Primal Couple; Myth & Israelite Narratives; Abraham; Covenant Dates: ca. 1280; Names : Adam; Eve; Abraham; Noah; Terms : Bar (Bat) Mitzvah ; Sabbath ; Synagogue ; Torah ; Myth; berith ; covenant, Patriarchs /Matriarchs * Note: words in bold can be found in key terms section on pages 151-153. Questions for Discussion : 1. Why does Segal begin by discussing the Bar Mitzvah? What is the importance of this ritual? How does it shed light on the character of Judaism? 2. How is Genesis 1 understood to set the pattern of a weekly Sabbath and the Jewish reckoning of time? What aspects of Gen 1 does Segal highlight on page 38, column 2? How does Gen 1 differ from the Mesopotamian epic of creation discussed on pages 14-15? 3. In what way can Gen 2-3 be viewed as an etiology or collection of etiologies? How does Segal suggest that later Jewish tradition differs from the dominant Christian tradition in its treatment of this narrative? 4. Where does Abraham move from and where does he move to? What story is recounted in Genesis 22? 5. What does Segal say about the covenant made with Abraham? How does he relate the covenant to the people Israel and to the land of Canaan? 6. In relation to the covenant what does Segal say about the Israelite’s views on law and justice? What does he say about old age, descendents and the afterlife?
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Judaism 2 (pg 77-83): Moses and the Exodus; The Emergence of Israelite Kingship; Editing the Five Books of Moses; The Documentary Hypothesis Dates : 1000; 921; 722; 621; 586; Names : YHWH; Moses; Aaron; Joshua; Deborah; Saul; David; Solomon; Josiah; Julius Wellhausen; Terms : Exodus ; Mt. Sinai; Ten Commandments; Ark; Judges; Zion ; Israel and Judah; 10 lost tribes; Babylonian exile; Documentary Hypothesis; Pentateuch Questions for Discussion : 1. What happens in the encounter between Moses and God in Exodus 3? What is the significance of the following terms: God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, YHWH, Yahweh, adonay, Elohim, ha-Shem (the name), Jehovah, LORD , GOD , G-d, L-rd? 2. What takes place prior to and in the Exodus? What meaning does the exodus have for the Jewish people? How is it celebrated? What historical questions surround it? 3. What happens at Mt. Sinai? What are the Ten Commandments? In what books can they be found? What is the significance of the words that introduce them? What differences exist in how people number them? 4. How do the following contribute to the story/history of Israel? Joshua, Judges, Saul, David, Solomon? 5. What happens in 921 BCE? What happens in 722 BCE? What happens in 586 BCE? 6. What do scholars mean when they suggest that the Bible contains many ‘voices’? What is the
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