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Theological Foundations midterm topics & questions

Remember the BIG STORY:

Patriarchs, EXODUS, Covenant, Torah, Land, Monarchy, Temple, Split Kingdoms, North Destroyed, South in EXILE, Return to Land, rebuild Temple

Return from the Exile … Second Temple Judaism

Remember the BIG NAMES:

Abraham (creator of 3 major religions, father of Jewish nation), Isaac (son of Abraham was going to be sacrificed), Jacob/Israel (fight with God, named changed to Israel, father of 12 tribes), Twelve Tribes (from sons and grandsons of Jacob/Israel), Joseph (son of Jacob, viceroy of Egypt), Moses (with help from God rescued Israelites from Egypt), Samuel (turned the 12 tribes into a monarchy, appoint Saul as king), Saul (king of the tribes), David (son of Saul second king of the tribes), Solomon (son of David third king of the tribes, after death tribes split), Cyrus (king of Persia, was a pagan)

We have not had a lot of dates to remember (70 CE is one )… but it is important to have a sense of chronological order; be sure to know who comes first (David? Moses? Jesus? Augustine?)

Following are some words, themes, questions, illustrations from the last few weeks of class. This is NOT a comprehensive list, but shows the kinds of things that could lead to exam questions.

Theology:
Theos – god & logos – word, understanding Fides quarens intellectum:
“Faith seeking understanding”

What did God ask Abraham to do with Isaac on Mount Moriah?
God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on the mountain, but when he was about to complete the sacrifice an angel came down and told him to stop and sacrifice an animal (ram?) instead. It was a test of loyalty.

Who is the father of the 12 tribes of Israel?:
Jaboc/Israel

Three forms of contemporary Judaism
Reform, Conservative, Othodox

TORAH: Mishnah & Gemarra p 282-283
Mishnah: First major written redaction of Jewish oral traditions
Germarra: Rabbinic commentary
Talmud: Mishnah and Germarra

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