Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jonah the fish-prophet

Q: Where (in the Bible) is Second Isaiah found? List two reasons why scholars believe this material was not written by Isaiah of Jerusalem.
A: Towards the end of the Old Testament.
A: Second Isaiah is farther back in the Bible then Isaiah of Jerusalem.

Q: Name two ways in which the story of Jonah is an exaggeration of the typical prophetic story.
A: Jonah has a real concern for the Jews.
A: Jonah is not represented as a human being, but as a big fish.
A. Typical prophetic stories are bad this one involves acts of being cowardly.

Q: What was achieved in the Maccabeean Revolt?

A: They achieved there status (Jews) and were able to keep their religion.
A: Jews were no long persecuted.

Q: Who are Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar? Why are they condemned by God and in what story?
A: This guys are the friends of Job, and they are a influence on Job when satin is testing him.

Q: Who is Elisha? What two tasks does he have to perform?

A: The leader to stop fake worship of any one except for God himself.

Q: Who is Antiochus IV and how was he a unique threat to the Jewish people?

A: Antiochus IV was a Greek rule who forced the Jewish to worship a golden statue of the Greek gods, especially Zeus, and if they did not, then he would put them in a furnace. He was a threat to the Jews because he oppressed them from worshipping the Jewish Faith.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Something's brewing inside my mind

In ancient times, when people had not been living in settled civilizations, things began to change in several aspects of a person's life. Besides all of the obvious physical technological advancements that took place during these times, something was brewing inside the minds of the people. What was happening was that people were beginning to ask the big question; which was simply, "why?"

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

You don't say!

Many scholars believe that the completed book of Proverbs comes from the time period of Judaism.

This paper objected me to suffering.

In Proverbs the wise are rewarded with better and more things, while the foolish are punished and are objected to suffering.

In proverbs the story showed that in life of wise payed off.

In his earth life he had it made many life stock, healthy and multiple kids, and much land, so being wise did pay off and did not make him suffer, except the death aspect of life.

In Trad Wisdom the txt of Job is a example of the type of wisdom.

I feel like being wise and doing god things is important but suffering eventually is non avoidable, it just life things happen, we get sick, there's deaths, and so on.

From an essay on wisdom. I wish he was trying to be ironic.

Proverbs is a book in which it puts the people responsible for their actions of both good and bad, while wisdom was thought to be a divine gift at first changed.

In Job wisdom was still present but yet not as pursued as in Proverbs on account that wisdom would not guarantee the absence of suffering.

I believe that suffering is much like the story of Job, were things happen that we cant explain or happen to people that may not have done wrong. As implied from various religious text and Christian organizations "everything happens for a reason" even if we may not understand it or know why it happened. I also believe that we should use Ecclesiastes approach on enjoying what we have as humans on Earth while we have the opportunity to do so.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mini-Samson: harasser of the Philistines.

Samson is a hero of the Hebrew people. How is he portrayed in this story?

Reminds me of Hercules from my highshool Latin class. He's very strong of course but he eventaully loses that strength after Delilah cuts his hair. He also enjoys prostitutes and harrassing Philistines.

Samson is portrayed as an extremely strong man, but also as a lier because he lied multiple times about his secret.

Samson is portrayed as someone who is pretty small. I think he is also portrayed as someone who makes people around him envious/hateful. I get that from the Philistines trying to kill him.

Student Knowledge on Abortion

I gave a survey to see what students already know about abortion in the U.S. and key ideas in the philosophical debate on abortion. I think the last answer on Roe v. Wade is my favorite.

Q: What was decided in Roe v. Wade?
A: That abortion is legal in certain instances like rape.
A: Abortion is fine.
A: That a person has rights to their self being.
A: Women rights.

Q: What is "personhood"?
A: The rights of a persons being.
A: It is your own, your personal beings and belonging

Q: Can beings that are not fully rational or self-aware have rights?
A: Yes unless they are harming others. They can drive a car but if they hit pedestrians constantly they should lose their license.
A: No, not if they are not born but yes because the people who created this person are responsible.