Reading is available on Blackboard here until bookstore gets the book in stock. (Note: you have a special advantage because I've already highlighted the reading!)
Note: I am looking for evidence that you read the material, so don't search for your information on the Internet (it will be wrong). Use the book.
- How is bible like other anthologies? How is it unlike them? Explain.
- What were three criteria for including a book in the Jewish canon?
- At what approximate dates was each section of the Jewish canon "closed"?
- Explain two ways the Jewish and Catholic canons are different.
- Approximately when, according to the book, was the Christian canon "closed" first, and what happened to open or change it again?
- How is the Masoretic text of Jeremiah different from the Dead Sea version, and what are the "implications" of those differences, according to the text?
- Explain what is meant by one of the following: textual criticism, source criticism, or tradition criticism.
- Explain the difference between Israelite and Israeli.
- Which of its "overlords" first called the promised land "Canaan"? What is the broad meaning of Canaan, and what is the more narrow definition?
- How did Judeans become the "memory holders" of all Israel?
- Why was Israel's defeat by Babylon in the early 6th century BCE a "national and religious crisis"?
- Why does much of the legal material of the bible (especially in Leviticus) concern the "offices of the priesthood" and sacrifice in the Jerusalem Temple?
- The book says that the priests and scribes in exile collected the stories of Genesis and Moses because they "spoke profoundly to their own experience." Explain, with an example.
- What evidence do we have of the persistence of northern (Israelite, or Ephraimite) traditions in Judah via migration?
- The prophets and the writings reflected the questions of those who returned to Judah during the Persian period. What are two of the six questions listed by the book?
- Box 2.1 talks about how the Christian and Jewish ideas about Jerusalem are different. Explain one difference and the possible reasons for it.