Topics: Sociology, Judaism, Religion Pages: 2 (344 words) Published: January 23, 2013

Chapter Four Paragraph:
Chapter four was extremely revelatory in the fact that the provision of the historical background paints a broader and more accurate view in addition to providing further insight into God’s methods and scheme to redeem the fallen condition of man. In addition, it is extremely significant that nearly 400 years passes between the Old and New Testaments. A general reading of the Bible by an average individual in the faith would likely not reveal this information. On a side note, I am interested in learning more in depth about this seemingly ignored era where God is setting the stage for the Christ. Overall, the historical context was enlightening and personally the most significant point of interest in Chapter Four. This revelation about the “400 years of silence” demonstrates not only the need for constant learning and growing in the faith, but reverence for God’s redemptive plot for man.

Chapter Five Paragraph:
The text describes the development of the profession of Scribe as one of the most important developments in the postexilic Jewish communities. I find it so significant because there is an emphasis set on scholarly and academic professions. We do this today as well with the legal profession for example. The comparison between the scribe from the religious context and culture of Judaism and the lawyer of our postmodern American culture is likely the best comparison. Individuals with this profession were responsible (or most likely) for the longevity and consistency of knowledge passed down in the ancient texts. This profession was also highly influenced by religion where the opposite is true in modern society. The typological occupation, lawyer, is by no means influenced by religion institutionally. Nevertheless, the social strata of the Scribe seems to be a pivot...
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