Final exam essay questions

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Anyone care to take a stab at them? This was just one part of the exam (pick two essays for 20 points each).They aren’t the best, I know, so I would be interested in any suggestions you all might have for additional questions. The goal was to have one per canonical section (Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim) and to have them be rather broad, requiring the students to bring together many different strands and thoughts from across the Hebrew Bible and their studies.

1.    Discuss how Genesis 1-3 forms a “theological preface” to the Tanakh (i.e., the whole Bible) and demonstrate through examples how other passages of the Bible exemplify this. E.g. Isaiah’s assertion that the Lord God is god of all creation.

2.    In what way do prophets like an Amos and Hosea assume that the Lord is God of all people and creation? Cite passages to demonstrate your assertions. You may refer prophets other than Amos and Hosea (by all means!). HINT: this is an essay about monotheism and its effects on one’s world view.

3.    What are the two main sections of Daniel, what kind of literature is found in each, and what is the primary message of each section? (Hint: this will involve a discussion of the possible dates of composition.)

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