1)Define and describe each of the "Three Worlds of the Bible" as presented in Hauer/Young and class discussions.
Discuss the importance of the first two, and give an example from your studies which has shown how significant it is to not skip the study of them..
2)Respond in a paragraph to "The two fundamental questions of the course are
WHO IS JESUS (IN MATTHEW)? and WHAT IS CHURCH?
Discuss, in 1-3 paragraphs, how the class has been addressing those two questions, and how you find yourself answering those questions. Especially note any ways the class has been stretching or challenging previous assumptions.
3)What is a "bounded set" (Include a diagram)? Give one example from Scripture or life.
4)What is a "centered set" (Include a diagram)? Give one example from Scripture or life.
5) What is a "fuzzy set" (Include a diagram)? Give one example from Scripture or life.
6)What is an "inclusio" (Include a diagram). Give one example from Matthew.
7) What is an "chiasm" (Include a diagram)? Give one example from Matthew, and one from Amos.
(see 8/31, on Amos, see p. 77)
8) What is an "intercalation" (Include a diagram)? Give one example from any Scripture.
9)What is an "intertextuality"(Include a diagram)? Give one example from Matthew
(*Sometimes called "hyperlinking," or "story shaping story")
10)According the the Ray Vander Laan video on "Wet Feet," what ideas
"historical world" images are symbolized or evoked by the J0rdan River? What might be a connection between Jesus baptism and the creation account?
11) The video "In the Shadow of Herod," which gave us a great image of the "historical world" behind Matthew 2:1a. What was the image, and discuss how Herod is a very different kind of king than Jesus. Apply the lesson in your own "contemporary world."
12)When did the Kingdom of God "begin," according to many rabbinic traditions?
13)In what "literary world" way did Matthew seem to structure his gospel so that Jewish readers clearly got his point that "Jesus is the new Moses (of fulfillment of Moses and Torah)? See 9/4
15)How does Grimsrud summarize what "God's Healing Strategy" is?
What vehicle or means does Grimsrud suggests God uses to carry out that strategy? Discuss ways you agree or disagree with this being the best way to describe the strategy.
16)Short answers (one word each)
a)What continent is Israel on? (see 9/14)
b)What is a rabbi?
c)A gospel (when using the term as a literary genre) is a "biography with a ________."
d)Which of the four gospel writers is not "synoptic" and seems to be most different in his choice of material and unique in his style?
e)When the Ten Commandments were given on Mt Sinai, it would seem for several reasons this covenant initiation was meant to remind Israelites of a ____________.
f)The Scriptures say there were three wise men. True or False?
g)According to a "literary world" study of the context of Matthew, the "upardonable sin" (or 'blasphemy against the Holy Spirit ) has something to do with consistently seeing Jesus as _______
h)The Hebrew/ancient world "historical world" imagery and emotions evoked by the phrase "body of water" often (contrary to our contemporary world images) would suggest that bodies of water were a symbol of _____ (see 9/30).
17)Discuss the most likely meaning of the "temple tantrum," and how you come to this conclusion. Include discussion of the "historical world" background of the temple, and any "literary world" devices used in the text which support your thesis.
18)Say everything you can about the Pharisees.
Be sure to include their attitude/approach to culture.
(see Hauer/Young glossary, and 9/16)
19)Say everything you can about the Sadducees.
20)ay everything you can about the Zealots.
(see the links on the 10/5 post for several ideas)
(Grimsrud, p. 76).
EXTRA CREDIT (choose one):
a)Say as much as you can about "subversion of empire" based on our discussion and videos
b)Use the language of "set theory" to discuss your life and spiritual/religious journey/growth.