ASSESSMENT 1: RESEARCH ARTICLE
Read ONE of the following articles and answer the following questions in about 250 words.
Sellars, Dawn Maria. An Obedient Servant? The Reign of King Saul (1 Samuel 13-15)
Reassessed. Journal for the Study of the
Old testament - Genesis 12:1-3
12 The LORD had said to Abram, Go from your country, your people and
your fathers household to the land I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be
Old Testament 11/09/15
Fundementally important we must look at context in larger work, and place in Cannon of scripture
Lev1 Place in Lev, but also place In Pentatuch
Ex Psalm 18 Context of the prayer, who is offering the prayer David wri
Most biblical adaptations, especially those from Hollywood, are notorious for their
exaggerations of themes and characters; but where is the line drawn between adaptation
and complete recreation? I will be analysing the differences, between Darren Arnofsk
Texts and Cultures of the Bible: An Exercise in Source Criticism
Introduction to the task: Carefully read the following four Gospel accounts of an incident
reported in the life of Jesus when he is anointed by a woman. If you prefer to read from the
Texts & Cultures of the Bible
Class exercise: Matthew
Read the following extracts and answer the questions at the end in approximately 250 words.
Extract A: David Hill, The Gospel of Matthew, New Century Bible, London: Oliphants, 1972, p. 110.
Matthew: a bit of background
The Circumstances of Composition
WHO WROTE MATTHEW?
When we begin to study the Gospel of Matthew we quickly find that we cannot do so in
isolation. Many of the preliminary questions we need to ask, such as who wrote it and w
Saul and literature
Cultural criticism and the Bible
Once upon a time: culture of biblical period
More recently: our own culture (or other modern
High culture: Shakespeare, Handel, Caravaggio etc
Popular culture: Bob Marley (biblical
Job and the Problem of Evil
Why do bad things happen to good people?
1 Peter 1:7
Hebrews 12:6 & 11
2 Timothy 3:12
2 Corinthians 12:10
Why are there natural disasters?
Why is there illness and
According to James Orr, the divine nature portrayed in the Johannine Gospel has as its two
greatest attributes righteousness and love. Orr goes on to say that Love is primarily a
disposition, a moral quality of the will. The righteousness of God here, is
1ST loss was a material loss, but when the physical pain and started to doubt and move away
from the praise of God. Evil is not presented as evil but it is presented as a test. [Pelham, A.,
2010, Job as Comedy, Revisited, JSOT 35(1):89-112] Satirical.
Gospel of John
4 canonical gospels - 4th century
Different traditions from the synoptic and the Johanine gospel (high Christology).
Marks passion narratives are substantially longer than the other gospels.
Some scholars say that the theological and histor
4. Love seems to be a key virtue in all four canonical
Gospels. Compare, contrast and evaluate the role of love
in The Gospel of John and at least one other Gospel. The
best essays will not just make textual and narrative
observations, but will engage in
These two commentators sought to expand the meaning of the phrase poor in
spirit by using a sort of close reading approach. Hill analyses the meaning of
poor and compares it to other usages throughout first century Palestine and
how the Matthean author wo
TRS2: Texts & Cultures of the Bible
Texts and Cultures of the Bible: An
Exercise in Source Criticism
Question: What is the probable historical and literary relationship between
these stories? Consider whether they are referring to the sa
Evident by 1520s that Zwingli had a different idea to the sacrament of the Lords Supper than
Luther did, it was at this point that the reformation turned.
Roman position transubstantiation in essence the elements became the body and blood of