According to Dei Verbum, what is the goal of revelation?
According to Dei Verbum, who or what is the definitive revelation?
Name one of the things the first creation story in Genesis does not pronounce to be "good" or "very good" upon its creation.
What does God pronounce "very good" in the first creation account in Genesis?
Whole of creation after it's all finished
What does God do on the seventh day of the creation story?
Out of what substance does the second Genesis account say man was formed?
Dust of the earth
What has to happen in the second Genesis creation account before man becomes "a living soul"?
God breathes into man's nostrils.
According to the serpent, what will happen when Adam and Eve eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
They will know good from evil and will be like God.
What are the names of the two trees in the middle of the Garden of Eden?
Tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life.
Name Adam and Eve's third son, who takes Abel's place.
Who gives Noah the plans to build the ark?
What is God's first command to Abram?
Take your family and head to the land I've set for you.
According to Ratzinger, what are the two names of God that Israel utilizes, which tells us that Israel's God is both a personal God and absolute being?
Yahweh and Elohim
List eight of the Ten Commandments.
1. Don't Lie
2. Don't say the Lord's name in vain
3. Don't covet your neighbor's goods
4. Don't covet your neighbor's wife
5. Honor your father and mother
6. You shall not worship idol Gods
7. Don't kill
8. You shall keep the Sabbath Holy
What is strange about the burning bush, which attracts Moses' attention?
It is a flame that doesn't consume the bush
Who does God appoint to aid Moses in speaking to the Egyptians?
Aaron, his brother.
What is the ark the designs for which God gives to Moses on Mt. Sinai, supposed to contain?
Book of the covenant.
What do the Israelites build at the base of Sinai while Moses is on the mountain receiving the law?
What does God offer to Moses when he tells Moses that the Isrealites have committed idolatry?
He will wipe them out and destroy the idol worshipers and make a great nation out of you.
What happens to Moses' face each time he stands in the presence of God after the giving of the law?
According to Dei Verbum, who is the author of Scripture? Explain.
There is dual authorship. God inspired human authors.
According to Dei Verbum, why is the Old Testament divine, but imperfect?
The Old Testament is divine in that is is God's words, but imperfect in the sense that Christ is not yet present and therefore cannot fulfill the prophesies and the promis of salvation to humanity.
According to Ratzinger, what is the problem with historical-critical scholarship?
Incapable of seeing divine and seeing how scripture is living.
Genesis says that man is created in the "image and likeness" of God. What human capacity does "image" primarily refer to? How is man's creation in the image of God related to his dominion over the animals?
Man's Reason. Which animals do not have, simply passions.
Why does God call out to Adam, asking where he is, after he and Eve ate from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
Adam hides because is naked and knows he is naked. God calls out to Adam because God wants Adam to admit he has hid from God while also suggesting that God already knew he was hiding.
When we speak of the "fourfold harmony" in the Garden of Eden before the Fall, to which relationships do we refer?
1. God's People
2. People and Nature
3. People and People
4. Man and Himself
What are the two promises God makes as part of the Noahide covenant?
Whenever a rainbow appears, it will be a sign of God' covenant with Noah. He will never wipe out all of creation through by means of a flood again.
What are the three promises given to Abraham as part of God's covenant with him?
I will make you a great name, a great nation and you will be a blessing to all nations.
Genesis says that Abraham's faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness." Name one instance where Abraham demonstrated faith in God.
Taking his son Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him like God asked. He immediately went and obeyed God.
Why does God wait to give Abram and Sarai a son until Sarai has passed menopause?
To show a miraculous conception, anticipatory to Mary and to also show God's power and ability to do anything.
Why didn't Laban want to allow Jacob to leave his service, and why didn't Pharaoh want the Israelites to leave his service?
Laban saw how prosperous and wealthy Jacob was making him. Same with Pharaoh and his desire to keep the Israelites so they could continue to work for him and help him prosper.
What is the significance of the fact that the bush in which God appears to Moses is burning, but is not consumed?
Shows that God does not need to be fueled by earthly things because he is mightier than the world.
Why is the Passover to be commemorated while wearing travelers' clothing?
They are in their old clothes, symbolic of sin, because they have not transformed into their new clothes.
According to Ratzinger, what is, at base, the problem with the Israelites' construction of the golden calf?
They attempted to construct their own means of worship.
What does Moses do when God offers the answer to why the Israelites have committed idolatry?
Moses pleads for the forgiveness of the Israelites and asks that he "blotted out" in place of them, symbolic of Christ in the New Testament.