Elijah was a normal man. He wasnt even significant enough for the bible to give him a
back story. He just pops up as yet another character in scripture. Yet throughout 1 Kings 17-18
God entrusted Elijah with several perilous tasks.
1. What does Tillich mean when he says faith is a matter of ultimate concern? What does
this mean in relation to the Old Testament? How does freedom relate to faith?
1 How is justice characterized in the book of Amos? What sort of ethical demands are
1. How does Gregory of Nazianzus relate virtue to mercy? Why does he think this?
2. What impedes our love of the poor according to Gregory? Give at least 3 examples. How
do we overcome it?
3. How does Gregory describe responsibility (see especially 87-90)
1. What is Arius main position?
2. Why is Athanasius so concerned about Arius? Give at least 3 reasons.
3. How does Athanasius use the Old and New Testaments to combat Arius?
Arius seems to be primarily concerned with the relation of Christ with the Fathe
1. What is the connection between the three friends speeches and prophetic reprimands?
In what ways does prophetic advice mirror the friends conventional wisdom? In what
ways do the prophets and the OT narrative combat it?
2. Is lamentation and questionin
1. According to what we learn from Irenaeus account, explain the following in Gnostic
b. The creation of the world
d. The Demiurge
e. Human beings
2. How does Irenaeus argue against the Gnostics in ch. 17-20? What kind of logi
1. What happens at Pentecost according to the book of Acts? What/who is the "spirit" that
comes? How does the Spirit relate to Jesus? What does the Spirit enable the disciples to
2. How were early Christians viewed by others, Jews and non-Jews, in the
1. Who might the Jewish people have expected Jesus to be? Describe what characteristics
we might look for according to the views of the OT.
2. Choose 5 key passages that might both explain who Jesus is and what his message is
about in the gospel of Mark.
1. Who are the characters in the story of the Exodus? What do they do? Do they mirror any
characters we have seen thus far?
2. Describe the God of Exodus 15. How does this God compare to the God of Gen 1? Gen 2?
3. What points of similarity a
1. According to the NIB and Hebrews, what characteristics belong to a priest of God?
2. How is Jesus a priest? Is he like the other priests or holy men in the Old Testament? How
does he differ?
3. Who is Melchizedek? Why might it be significant that Hebre
Mercy in New Testament
The ideas of the New Testament are not meant to replace those of the Old Testament;
rather, they are a reexamination of perspective and a continuation of the ideas present in the Old
Testament. This is w
1. Consider the list of idolatrous sins attributed to Manasseh in relation to what you have
learned about the nature of God, Gods expectations of kings, and Gods relationship
with Israel. In a paragraph, explain the egregious nature of Manassehs actions.
Why did a need for the written forms of the gospels arise?
Define Gospel. How does Paul use this word? What are the main preoccupations of the
four gospel writers? How do these writings differ from modern biographies?
Why were all four gospels preserved?
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE
In the last two decades the terms Climate Change
and Global Warming have been used
However, there are differences between Climate
Change and Global Warming.
Paradigms and Paradigm
Thomas Kuhn, 1922-1996
Rather than being an interpreter, the scientist who
embraces a new paradigm is like the man wearing inverted
A set of fundamental belie
1. What directional terms does the NIB use to describe the last supper? What is the
significance of this kind of description (i.e. why does the NIB highlight draw out the
meaning of these terms in explaining the text)?
2. Compare and contrast the passion
1. List and very briefly describes the milestones of St. Augustines story that you have read.
What do you think was the most challenging thing that he had to deal with before his
conversion? Why was it so difficult?
2. Recall a time when you were converte
1. How does the opening of Matthew (1-2) connect to what we know about the
context of this gospel?
1 Choose a specific passage from Matthew and relate it to either Amos, Hosea, or
Isaiah. Compare and contrast the content, delivery, and obligations for the
1. Cyril of Jerusalem explores what lies behind the renunciation of Satan at the beginning of
the baptismal rite. What modern temptations might fit his descriptions?
2. Describe the way one part of the baptismal rite connects to (a) the Old Testament and
1. Is the covenant of YHWH with Israel ever rescinded? Explain how Christians today
consider Jewish Covenant in relation to Christ.
2. How does Paul understand the Jews in the letter to the Romans? What is meant by Pauls
use of the happy fault (Faley)? Ho
1. What is the meaning of homoousious? What does it mean in relation to Jesus and the
Godhead (God as Trinity)?
2. Does Jesus have a beginning? How is this different from the Arian position? How do his
two natures relate to one another?
3. Why is Nestoriu
1. What is the source of Niggles devotion to his art? What is the relationship between art
and life in the story? Niggle experiences other claims upon his time as interruptions.
When and why does he give in to other demands? Is the tension between art and
1. What happens when Christians partake of the Eucharist? What ramifications does this
have for life now and what ramifications might it have for the future?
2. What is the Eucharist? How important do you think this practice was for Cyril of
1. What does Rahner mean when he says Remoteness-from-the-world and nearness-toGod are not interchangeable terms? (359) How would an interchangeable connection
support a Neo-platonic view of death?
2. Using Matthew and John, describe the risen Jesus. Is h
Describe the way Paul sees (a) free will, (b) sin, (c) grace.
How does grace liberate the human being and the will? Why is this important?
What does righteousness by faith mean in Romans 1:17? (use the NIB)
In Romans 1, Paul explains the dangers and conse
Elements of the Sinai Covenant
1. God and Israel are bound in an unbreakable union.
a. Israel is Gods treasured possession among the nations
b. Why is it established in the wilderness? Because the people have to
trust in hesed and depend on God.
Acts of the Apostles
Church comes from the Greek word ecclesia, meaning assembly
a. Two volume work by a single author; tells the story of Jesus and
the early Church (Acts 1:1-8)
b. Tradition: authored by Luke, companion of Paul
Everything that I am is from your mercy.
o We are all gifts of Gods mercy
A. Js Story: Genesis 2:4 3:24
a. Composed by J, 10th century, during the United Monarchy; in the
court of Solomon, the oral traditions were passed into w
Foundations of Theology
A. What is mercy?
Traditional definitions contain two elements:
1. Forgiving the guilty
2. Showing compassion for the suffering
Mercy entails empathy (feeling anothers suffering as your own)
Introduction to the Gospels
A. Meaning of Gospel
a. Gospel is from the Greek work euangelion meaning good news
b. Theologically, the word gospel has two meanings
i. A written, theological account of Christs life and teachings
ii. The good news of