1. The Ten Commandments/"Sayings" (Greek: "Decalogue"), the "covenant" (discuss)
with the children of Israel, and the laws of the Torah in general have a different
premise and purpose than the laws of other Near Eastern legal systems. How are the
1) Jeremiah insists that the covenant needs to be eternalized
a. Not just about sacrifice
b. About how you care for your fellow man
c. Ethical side of the covenant
d. until this covenant is eternalized, there are going to be consequences.
a. Greek translation is misleading
b. God calls upon man to respond
c. Expected a particular people from Egypt to respond
d. Book 2 is more about Hebrews becoming Israelite nation
2) Noah sent down the river in an arc cultural term of the
1. The "Torah speaks in the language and/or cultural terms of the people of the times."
What does this mean? Why would the Torah "speak" in such fashion? What is the
point of this device? Discuss (in detail!) at least three words, stories, narratives,
1. What is "ethical monotheism" and where do we see it emerge in the Tanakh. How and
where does the idea unfold in Genesis and Exodus? in the Tanakh? Provide at least
three examples that help us appreciate the emergence of ethical monotheism. In what
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1. What message(s) is/are conveyed in the earliest chapters of Genesis (1-11) How do
these chapters set the stage for things to come, both in Genesis and in the Torah as a
This creation had to do with man not God
1. The Jews regard Hebrew Scripture as sacred scripture. Discuss all the terms that are
important for understanding the composition of this genre of literature otherwise
known as the "Old Testament."
Tanakh Torah- 5 books of Moses
Nevim= one who is called
Jason, a brother of the legitimate High Priest (Onias) purchases the priesthood from the Seleucid
king, Antiochus. Also offers to build gymnasium where young men are trained to become citizens
(ephebes) of a polis.
172- Menelaus, goes to Antiochus and sa
1. What events and historical developments led to the first Hanukkah why this festival
is significant and precisely why it is celebrated the way it is? What does Hanukkah
mean and refer to?
586- Babylonians destroy the temple
Cyrus the Persian (sometimes
1. How do both the Ten Commandments and the Covenant in general speak in the
language of People of the times? Why do they? What's the point?
o Both agreements with God
o How one should be treated
o God has saved the Jews from Egypt so in ret