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Story of Israel - Exam 1
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What was Paul's message to Timothy concerning the value of the Old Testament (OT hence)?
the OT has enabled him to do good works ("teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training")
What did Jesus say about the relationship of his teachings with the OT law?
his teachings bring the OT law "to its intended goal"
What is Briley's "audacious claim" about this very "Old" Testament?
it still has a vital role in relation to the NT as well as a powerful message in its own right
Is the Bible written as a collection of timeless truths? Why or why not?
no; it contains certain forms of communications such as laws, songs, prayers, wisdom, reflections, and prophecies that were expressed to or by people in particular times, places, and cultures
What lies at the heart of the Bible?
"a sweeping story"
What is the delicate balance between two goals that the Bible must maintain?
it has to speak to people in languages, literary styles, and cultural frameworks that they could understand yet also challenge some of their most basic assumptions about the nature of God, humanity, creation, and divine-human relationships
What is meant when Briley calls the Bible a "progressive book?"
it looks ahead to fulfillment in a better future; the revelation of God and His will in the Bible
What is the role the Old Testament plays in relation to the New Testament? What analogies does Briley use to explain this?
it's a "work-in-progress"
What does it mean that we are all narrative creatures?
we live within a story that both reflects and shapes our identity and the world as we perceive it
As discussed in class, what is the difference between a first and second order story?
A first order story is one's personal story, unique to the individual. It provides identity, name, it is specific to individual. A second order story is a wide sweeping story that attempts to explain why the world is as it is, it provides meaning and purpose to one's first order story. It can be a religion, a philosophy [materialism, etc] or culture
In what sense is the Bible a transcendent story? Why is this important?
What is the sweeping story the Bible tells?
the creation of the world, humanity's failure, and the introduction of death and disorder in God's good creation
What does it mean to faithfully improvise the biblical story?
to act in a way that is deeply rooted in and congruent with the Bible
What does the Bible clearly claim concerning the world we know?
God created the world
For what does Genesis specifically provide the backdrop for? Why is this important?
God's deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery; it provides the Israelites with a foundational understanding of their identity as God's covenant people
In what sense is Genesis a radical revision?
the nature of God, creation, and humanity's role
What is the Babylonian myth of beginnings? What story does it tell?
Enuma Elish; a god kills their rival and splits her body into the earth and sky; humans are lowly creatures meant only to serve the gods
What sets the Genesis story of creation apart from its contemporary stories of origin?
creation is orderly and came about through God's word; creation is good (but no aspect of creation is to be worshiped as God)
What is the role of humanity in the biblical story?
royal caretakers--to rule over creation and carry out God's will
What distinguishes humanity from other creatures in the biblical story of creation?
the blessing of dominion
What is the meaning and purpose of Sabbath?
it is a day of rest that reminds us that we cant trust God as opposed to working carelessly as if everything depends on us
What is the difference of the two creation accounts? What are their purposes?
both establish the importance of humanity's role within God's creation; the first highlights the creation of humanity by placing it at the climax of God's work of creation and singling out human beings as the reflection of God; the second does so by dealing almost exclusively with this one aspect of God's vast creative work; the second account does not follow the first in chronological sequence; the first provides an overview of creation as a whole while the second focuses on the most important element of the account--the creation of humanity;
What was "not good" in the creation story? Why is this significant?
the absence of women; this portrays that it is only as male and female that humanity functions fully as the image of God
What is the original intent for the differences between man and woman in the biblical account?
their union creates the full image of God
Why does it not make sense for the Bible's account of creation to answer modern scientific questions?
it would not fit the audience it was originally intended for and would distract from the actual intended message of the Bible
Of what does the parallel structure of the days of creation possibly inform us?
According to Briley, is science the enemy of the biblical account of creation? Why or why not?
no; the Bible's intent was never to be "scientifically accurate" but rather to tell a story and portray a message to people during a time where scientific knowledge was hardly developed and also not perceived as important as it is today
How did Adam and Eve's first sin demonstrate a misuse of privilege?
even though they were given the blessing of dominion over creation, they chose to submit to creation
What is ironic about the consequences of the first sin?
they wanted to be more like God, but their actions ended up making them less like Him
How was sin described in class discussion?
missing an opportunity to live
How does God's response to sin combine judgement and grace?
God does not reject humanity's place in His mission, but what Adam and Eve have introduced into the creation makes the fulfillment of that mission and the experience of that blessing much more difficult, complicated, and frustrating
What happened to the relationship of man and woman because of sin?
they now live in a reality where both will find themselves battling the desire to gain the upper hand over one another
How did (does) sin disrupt human relationships?
because of the tendency to desire to gain the upper hand over others, different groups of people (genders, races, nationalities, social classes, etc.) and individuals will have more trouble working together to portray the image of God and convey His rule
What should be the fundamental issue for the believer when it comes to discussing gender roles?
What motivated Cain to kill Abel?
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