The Deuteronomistic historian stresses the importance of a unified people living under one God and the laws of Moses in the Promised Land. How do the books of Joshua and Judges demonstrate how these directives are to be followed? Give 2 specific examples
Instructions: You may consult your textbook and your Bible while completing this test. Any material you quote must be cited. Biblical sources should be cited chapter, verse, and version (eg. Gen. 1:1, NRSV). The textbook should be cited by author and page number (eg. Ehrman, 32).
You are not required to consult any additional sources; however, if you choose to use other sources, you MUST cite them fully and provide full bibliographic details in a separate bibliography. Please submit your exam as a .doc file via Moodle.
Part I: Short Answer Questions
Answer ALL the following short answer questions. Each answer should be 200–300 words in length.
- 1.The Deuteronomistic historianstresses the importance of a unified people living under one God and the laws of Moses in the Promised Land. How do the books of Joshua and Judges demonstrate how these directives are to be followed? Give 2 specific examples.
- 2.Describe the complicated character of Saul. How are we to understand the Deuteronomistic Historian’s depiction of him? How can we explain his acceptance and then rejection by God?
- 3.Although Ezekiel’s visions are often bleak, he does have a hopeful view of the future. Describe Ezekiel’s vision of a restored Israel.What elements of this vision are based on the idealized past, and what components envision a utopian future?
- 4.What characteristics to apocalyptic literature and prophetical works share? How is the perspective of the apocalyptic worldview different from the prophetic worldview of the pre-exilic and exilic periods?
Part II: Essay Question
Answer ONE of the following essay questions. Your answer should be 500–750 words in length
- 1.Women play key roles in the narratives of Judges, 1& 2 Samuel, Esther, Ruth, and Judith. Discuss the range of roles and characterizations given to women in these texts. What might these portrayals reveal about women’s roles in ancient Israelite/early Jewish cultures?
- 2.Compare the representations of God in the books of Job and Ecclesiastes. What are the similarities and differences? How do these differ from representations of God in the Deuteronomistic History and the prophets?