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Isaiah - Spring 2005 Professor: Book review Mission in the Old Testament CRITICAL BOOK REVIEW Bibliographical Data: Kaiser, Walter C. Jr. Mission in the Old Testament – Israel as a Light to the Nations. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI. January 2004. Information about the Author: “Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. is president and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.” He has a Doctorate. He is also the author or coauthor of several books. He is a strong advocate for Christians making God’s missionary purpose a central theme in their lives....   [tags: essays research papers] 1195 words
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The Calling Of Isaiah - The Calling of the Prophet Isaiah, Chapter 6:1-13 The prophet Isaiah lived during a very troublesome era during the years 742-701B.C.E. He preached during the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah (783-742), Jotham (742-735), Ahaz (735-715), and Hezekiah (715-687). Judah faced many challenges and crises throughout those years primarily at the hands of the Assyrian Empire. Isaih interpreted the events as part of the Lord's will, and he encourages the people to trust in the Lord rather than relying on political alliances....   [tags: essays research papers] 1971 words
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Isaiah 62 - Isaiah 62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your lane Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah ( my delight in her),and your land Beulah; for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married....   [tags: Religion Religious] 1427 words
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Historical Context of Isaiah 53 - ... According to John H. Walton charts, Jotham reigned from 759-744 BCE and was followed by the reign of Ahaz. As stated earlier, it was during this time when the Assyrian attacked Israel which is when the background of Isaiah chapter 7-12, takes place. King Ahaz ruled from 743-728 and was followed in ruler ship by his son Hezekiah who reigned from 727-699 BCE. The background of chapters 8-39 occurred in the time of King Hezekiah. During the reign of King Hezekiah, the Assyrian king Sennacherib attacked Judah because King Hezekiah was against them....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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Isaiah Chapter 10 - ... Seth was a new life to compensate for the death of Abel. The theme of a new life came out of the death repeats with the birth of Isaac. God called Abraham out of his homeland in Genesis chapter 12. God lead Abraham to Canaan and promised with him that Abraham would have multitude descendants in Genesis 15:5. However, Abraham did not receive this promise until he was very old. When Abraham was one hundred years old, God gave him Isaac. The text of book of Hebrew in chapter 11 verse 12 stated clearly that when Abraham had Isaac, he was “as good as dead.” Out of the ‘as good as death’ body of Abraham, God brought forth a new life in Isaac....   [tags: Religion, God] 2399 words
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Isaiah 10:1-6 The Hebrews Prophets: Isaiah & Amos - Isaiah 10:1-6 The Hebrews Prophets "Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees , to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people. Making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of the reckoning, when disaster comes from afar. To whom will you run for help. Where will you leave your riches. Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives, of fall among the slain.. Yet for all this his anger is not turned away....   [tags: essays research papers] 812 words
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Isaiah 40:1-2 - Isaiah 40:1-2 Table of Contents A. Introduction B. Critical Issues to the Book Of Isaiah a. Deutero Isaiah Vs United Isaiah b. History Vs. Prophecy C. Introduction to the Text a. Literary Context b. Prophetic Genre D. Exegetical Analysis a. Words of Interest b. Aspect of Interest c. Theological Significance E. Conclusion A. Introduction " Isaiah was the greatest of the Hebrew prophets. His general prophecies are without equal as far as beauty of style, versatility of treatment, brilliance of imagery, and splendor of diction are concerned." A sample of the truth of this statement can be found in the passage Isaiah 40:1-2....   [tags: Religion Bible] 1255 words
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Interpreting the 'Servant Song' of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 - ... First, the report has an individual, one single man, in view.' (Westermann 1969, page 266) Childs says; 'The figure who is portrayed appears in every way to have been a historical personage. The language cannot be rendered metaphorically as the nation without straining the plain sense of the text in a tortuous fashion.' (Childs 2001 page 414) Numerous candidates have been postulated as the servant in Isaiah’s songs and in the fourth in particular, figures such as, Moses, Jeremiah, Cyrus, Zerubbabel and even Deutero-Isaiah himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Exegesis Paper On Isaiah 58:6-14 - Isaiah 58:6-14 is a very powerful passage. The first bible version that I read it in was the King James Version. That version didn't really make very much sense to me because of all the "thou's" and "thee's" and "thines". So then I looked it up again in the New Revised Standard Version. It was a lot clearer when I looked it up in that bible. There are a few similarities and differences from the different versions that I read. The two that stood out the most to me was the King James Version, and the New Revised Standard Version....   [tags: Religion Bible] 1745 words
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Old Testament Exegetical Paper – Isaiah 62 - The prophet Isaiah lived in the Southern Kingdom of Judah in the 3rd century B.C. He had a reputation as an uncompromising prophet who did not soften his words of condemnation and urge to make changes (Stafford 616). The nation of Judah stood in a precarious position: the wickedness of the people, the civil war which divided the Israelites into two kingdoms of Judah and Israel, the neighboring countries which stood by, threatening war and the dilemma that faced the leaders about whether or not they should take on allies all indicated the downfall of the nation of Judah if the people did not heed his words and change their ways....   [tags: Bible Religion] 1685 words
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Isaiah Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty - Isaiah Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty In his article "Two Concepts of Liberty", Isaiah Berlin identifies and contrasts the two components of freedom: negative and positive liberty. While the author’s voice is often confused amidst the frequent references to other political philosophies from Platonic to Millian theories, Berlin successfully argues that both of these notions can be misconstrued to the point where liberty itself is sacrificed. Although reasonable, Berlin’s assessment of the two concepts seems artificial and effortlessly simple, as if freedom could be defined according to a rubric; one can, however, agree with his statement that absolute freedom for one individual undoubtedly limit’s the freedom of another....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 800 words
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Sir Isaiah Berlin's Analysis of Freedom in Two Concepts of Liberty - Sir Isaiah Berlin's Analysis of Freedom in Two Concepts of Liberty Sir Isaiah Berlin is the author of one of the most important works on political philosophy written in the twentieth century - 'Two Concepts of Liberty'. In the essay, he distinguishes between two types of liberty. Negative liberty is simply being left alone to do whatever one wants to do, to be able to act and achieve without interference from other persons. Positive liberty is defined as being free to be one's own master, but also involves someone interfering with one's life to determine to an extent what one becomes, and how one becomes one's own master....   [tags: Papers] 1762 words
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Prophets of Zion and the Babylonian Exile - Prophets of Zion and the Babylonian Exile In ancient Jewish culture, prophets were a part of every-day life. They proclaimed what they understood to be God’s word, and lived according to it. In times of crisis, prophets were even more present, to warn and give consolation to the people. One time period in which there were many prophets was the Babylonian Exile, where the people of Judah were taken and deported to live in Babylon. Of the books of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, Isaiah 63:7-64:12 and Jeremiah 29:4-23 will be examined together....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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You Promised Us - You Promised Us Fulfillment and typology are two major methods that New Testament writers use to connect the Hebrew Bible with the Christian New Testament. Fulfillment deals with the very words of the prophets who, according to New Testament writers, verbally predicted events that the Messiah would accomplish. Typology is similar, yet it is not a prediction, nor does it directly correlate to future events in the manner that fulfillment does. Rather, it is simply an event from the Hebrew Bible that is said to foreshadow another event in the Christian New Testament....   [tags: New Testament Bible Christianity Religion Essays]
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Saul and David - God is the creator, sustainer, judge, and redeemer. However, the most important characteristic of God is love. Love is an admirable quality. Genesis is an account of God’s magnificent creations. God saw that everything he created was good. The book of Genesis focuses on six persons and their families: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. God blessed man and all of his creations. For a moment, God’s creation was as He intended; paradise. Man sinned and God became unhappy, but he still provided for his people....   [tags: essays research papers] 1318 words
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Who Jesus Christ Is - Who Jesus Christ Is When this question is personalized, it becomes the most important question one will ever be asked or answer. Who is Jesus Christ to YOU. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10, NKJV). In 1 John 5:11-13 we are told that if we have the son in our life we can KNOW that we have eternal life. Jesus is the only way for us to live an abundant life here on earth, or receive eternal life in fellowship with God. Jesus died on the cross to take the punsihment for our sins so that we could be sinless in the eyes of God....   [tags: Papers] 3039 words
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Faith And Repentance - FULFILLMENT AND TYPOLOGY Prophecy is a declaration of something to come, a prediction forth telling by God to man. When God speak He set in motion spiritual activities and the destiny of all things. Many of things which God in the past prophesied have already come to pass with perfect accuracy, other things spoken forth by God are yet to be fulfilled in the course of God's timing. Old Testament prophecy contains exciting expectancy of the coming Christ, the Anointed One while the New Testament contains the manifestation of him....   [tags: Religion Bible Christian] 1802 words
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Holidays in the Monastery - During religious holidays sometimes supporters of the monastery will come to celebrate the holiday and to enjoy a time of religious retreat. A guesthouse existed for this purpose and the monks were always happy to share their hospitality. It was on such an occasion that a family from Ballymena, a town north of Antrim, came for Easter. Malcolm and Bree MacConnell brought with them their 17 year old niece, who they now were her guardians, because her parents had passed away a few months earlier from the fever....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 703 words
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The Inspiration of Caedmon - The Inspiration of Caedmon   The poem "Caedmon," written by Denise Levertov, enlists readers to learn more about God and creation and by doing so expands their understanding of the universe.  At one point or another in life, people go through stages where they have no inspiration and sometimes shrink back from something that they think is too complicated to achieve.  Therefore, they are limiting themselves and their undeveloped talents, much like Caedmon was before his sudden inspiration by the messenger of God....   [tags: Caedmon Essays] 912 words
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William Blake, the Jonah of London - William Blake, the Jonah of London missing works cited Through the streets and alleyways of Nineveh the prophet Jonah trudged. At every marketplace and city gate he joyously roared his tidings of evil, “forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned!” Two and a half millennia after the great fish vomited Jonah back onto dry land, William Blake faithfully follows that path of bilge and seaweed, bile and gall, into the fraternity of prophets and oracles. Just as Jonah was reluctant to prophesy to the Ninevites for fear that his enemies would hear and repent, Blake has a vested interest in perpetuating the blindness of his readers....   [tags: Blake Jonah London] 2913 words
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Christians' Concerns for Social Justice Issues - Christians' Concerns for Social Justice Issues Since the beginning of time people have been concerned with social justice issues. Social justice is helping people using God’s love as a tool to do it. St. Catherine of Siena, and the prophet Isaiah, were two people who knew what social justice really meant and they were concerned with it. Also the Lutheran church is very concerned with different types of social justice issues. Through these three sources we are able to see the different types of social justice issues that arose in their times and through exploring them we will find out that they are not unlike the ones that exist today....   [tags: Papers] 1259 words
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Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost - Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost After researching Satan and his kingdom, Hell, through the Bible and Paradise Lost to compare and contrast the two characterizations, I realized that Milton must have been a true Bible scholar. Milton’s Satan is described so closely to the Biblical view of Satan that it is often times hard to distinguish the two. Milton changed and elaborated on a few characteristics of his Satan and his Hell in order to create Paradise Lost, but based his characterization and his descriptions on his interpretation of the Bible, using his imagination to form a more vivid picture of how horrible Satan and Hell are in reality....   [tags: John Milton Satan Paradise Lost]
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Creation Battle - In the beginning of the Scriptures, we are told about the creation of the world. Over the course of six days, God lays the foundations of the earth, fills it with animals, and finally creates man before resting from his creation. However, over the years of studying Scripture, I occasionally noticed descriptions of an epic battle that took place before God ever created mankind. My religion professor also briefly hinted at this creation battle in a couple of class sessions, and it is discussed in short in our class book....   [tags: Scripture Analysis] 1631 words
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The Creation and Use of Figurines and Idols - In the days of ancient Israel, Figurines and Idols were very important for the religious aspect of daily life. As evidenced by the findings at sites like Beer Sheba and the Bull site, these idols were very widespread in their use. Likely all the cults that existed at the time used them in one form or another. Therefore, studying their construction and use would be important. The construction of these idols is interesting on its own. The book details the process of creating a wooden idol, which was taken from Isaiah 44: 12-17....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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A Joyous Night at Lamar University - ... This performance, like Isaiah 7:14, was shown in complete darkness with a subtle light. This dance was performed with several dancers holding one glow-in-the-dark bounce able ball. The music played in the background fit the dance perfectly. The choice of song started with a Classical piece, but slowly changed. The change gave off a techno beat feel that was fast throughout. The dancers were synchronized until the middle of the performance. Unlike the other two dances, the break in synchronization was not by one dancer, but by an entire row of dancers....   [tags: Dance]
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The Mythological Story and The Book of Job - ... Despite God's wrath, believers are required to praise God, and not just in the good times. Even though the Lord is angry with his followers, they are required to praise his name. Isaiah, later on in chapter twelve states, “Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world” (Isaiah 12:5). Praising God's name is one of the ways a believer can witness to the world, and telling the world of all of the glorious things that God has given (both in the good and bad times) is an essential part in the lives of a believer....   [tags: Mythology]
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NO Spiritual Reward for Depriving the Physical Body - There is NO Spiritual Reward for Depriving the Physical Body of Comfort or Pleasure I. Doctrine There is a great falsehood that is perpetuated by the modern church, and it is one that threatens the very mission assigned to every believer in Matthew 28:18-20. Before one can address this falsehood, one must understand the duty of God's people in this life. It is the believer's task to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them as God ordained, and teaching them how to obey the teachings of Jesus....   [tags: Theology Religion] 2262 words
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Jewish Ideals In The Torah And Nevi'Im - Jewish Ideals in the Torah and Nevi'im Both the Torah and the Nevi'im are important texts in Judaism that each illustrates different aspects of Judaism. The Torah specifies a number of the commandments and rules to be followed. On the other hand, the Nevi'im contains several accounts of the lives of the prophets. Analyzing the Torah and the Nevi'im allows one to clearly see the differences and similarities. The Torah is the primary document which reveals instructions to the Jewish people. The first five books of the Hebrew scripture focus on Jewish law and teaching....   [tags: Religion Judaism] 1065 words
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Personal Narrative: My Day - The light from the sun reflects off the pure white wall, illuminating the room. The dust floats, undisturbed by the empty house. This is what I see as I launch myself out the door, into the hot summer air, into the sounds of playing children. I was four, I was carefree, I was full of life. Outside, we were free to do anything. My cousins, sister, and I could do whatever we wanted. The thoughts slipped through my mind, quick as a flowing river, and I did not have a care to catch it. All I was thinking about was a way to satisfy my immense and never ending curiosity....   [tags: essay about myself, Personal Experience] 1762 words
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New Testament Apologietics - Lecture One: Introduction To The New Testament A. Basic Facts About The Bible 66 books, written by 40 different authors over 1500 years 39 O.T. “old” = 3 letters, “testament” 9… 3—9--39 27 N.T. “new” = 3 letters, “testament” 9 blessings multiplied 3x9 = 27 B. How did we get the Bible we have today. The O.T. was preserved through the Nation of Israel/Judah to the time of Jesus. The Septuagint (3rd century BC) is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scripture & the primary text in 1st century Israel....   [tags: Apologietics] 1574 words
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The Concept of the Messiah within Judasim and the Development of the Messanic Tradition Within Christianity - ... The only hope was a Messiah that was prophesized to restore the Jewish kingdom in the second temple period. This hope was ingrained in Jewish scripture yet the concept of the Mashiach; Yod Shin Ayin in Hebrew ‘Messiah in Christianity’ is that this person would be a descendant from the Davidic line and a great political leader. His example would inspire and he would be renown in Jewish law. He would make righteous decisions and win battles for Israel. (Isaiah, 11:11-12) (Jeremiah, 23:8-30.3)(Hosea 3:4-5) Following this the messianic age would bring peace, prosperity, tolerance and an abundance of agriculture also the rebuilding of the temple would commend this belief is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition....   [tags: Theology ]
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Interpretation of Romans 11:33 – 12:2 - ... God’s wisdom in this phrase may refer to the creator of the universe who makes all of it work together to fulfill purpose. Another point of view could be the profoundness of his grace towards his people and how he gives us our salvation. Despite any and all sins or flaws, we are forgiven time after time. We in our corrupt nature should never be deserving of the grace from such a wondrous, all knowing God who repeatedly casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness, making us flawless in his eyes....   [tags: The Bible]
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The Old Testament - ... Moses in battling the pharaohs of Egypt in Exodus had to provide a differing social and political view to the politics of oppression with the legitimate order of their God Yahweh (Brueggemann p. 8). By changing the language of public discourse through doxology, Moses introduces the notion of God’s freedom to the Hebrew people, where God does not take sides so much as his people ought to be on his side amidst the static deities of ancient Mesopotamia (Brueggemann p. 10-11). Brueggemann cites multiple passages from Exodus to explain his view of combating political ideologies of the time....   [tags: Religion, Bible, Christian Theologians] 891 words
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Observations About Headcoverings - ... For her hair is given to her for a covering. (16) But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God. ∆ What is the “Covering” in 1st Corinthians 11:4-10. Verse 5-7 and 13 don't specify what a woman covers her head with. Is it a cloth covering, a full veil over the face, a bun, the woman's husband, or hair itself. A variety of indications are available... ...Is “Covering” Referring To A Full Veil. The book “Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” provides both biblical and extra- biblical reasons why the “covering” cannot be referring to a full veil and must be referring to a headcovering.49, 50 Paul did not use the word for the type of “veil” that covers the face (kaluma / κάλυμα, Strong's #2571).This word is used in 2nd Corinthians 3:13: “Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away.” The Early Church did not believe Paul to be requiring women to cover their face: pictures of the early church show women with veils that do not cover the face.51 Additionally, “the veils that were worn in Paul's day by Greco-Roman women did not cover the face.”52 ...Is “Covering” Referring to the Woman Wearing Her Hair in A Bun....   [tags: Religion, Bible] 2062 words
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Scripture in Edwards’s development of Work of Redemption - ... They said unto him, Yea, Lord.” Matthew 9:28. Comment: In sermon fifteen in the period Incarnation Edwards states with reference to this verse that Christ has all power. The blind man was healed by Christ’s own power and not of the power of someone else or like the prophets did in the name of the Lord. Only Moses seemed by his speech the honor of the working of one miracle. However Moses did not honor God in this respect and was forbidden to enter the Promised Land. But Christ worked in his own name contrary to the apostles who worked all in his name....   [tags: theology]
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The Longest Day - The Longest Day Few of God's miracles cause protests in the "scientific" community like the account of Joshua's long day - when God made the sun and moon to stand still. But science and modern technology have done more to verify this phenominal biblical fact than they have to refute it. Common sense would say it is impossible for such a major disruption to occur and not totally destroy the precise, perfect balance in the solar system. But given a God, who created the heavens and the earth, who established the rotation of the planets and stars to the fraction of a second, making the earth stop rotating for 24 hours is not such a difficult task....   [tags: essays research papers] 671 words
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John Milton's On the Morning of Christ's Nativity - John Milton's On the Morning of Christ's Nativity John Milton was born in 1608 and died in died in 1674. He was by far the most learned man of his time. He influenced men from the Romantic poets to the American Puritans. Moreover, he relied heavily on the historic Christian doctrine of Calvinism. In the first four stanzas of On the Morning of Christ's Nativity Milton paints a beautiful picture of man's redemption in Christ. First, the first four stanzas of Milton's poem have a distinct rhyme scheme....   [tags: On the Morning of Christ's Nativity Essays] 693 words
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Exile - Controversy of the Exile After reading 2 Kings 25 and the two articles, the main source of contrast between these two sourcs is the amount of detail they go into on different aspects of the Exile. The Biblical reading mentions King Nebuchadnezzar and his capture of King Zedekiah, the efforts of General Nebuzaradan and his detailed destruction and pillaging of Jerusalem and the Temple, the capturing and execution of Judah’s chief officers and priests, Judah’s revolt against Gedaliah and fleeing to Egypt, and the benevolence King Evil-merodach of Babylon demonstrated towards Jehoiachin....   [tags: essays research papers] 1797 words
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Matthew's Christology - Matthew's Christology Matthew’s Christology is one that emphasises to a Jewish audience the Jewishness of Jesus. It will be the purpose of this paper to argue that the raison d’etre of Matthew’s Christology is to portray Jesus as entirely compatible if not with the Judaism of his day then with ancient Judaic tradition, namely the Old Testament. Whilst there are numerous titles given to Jesus that are exclusive/predominant within the Matthean account, such as that of Son of God, it is the writer’s assertion that these merely complement Matthew’s central theses; this being the portrayal of Jesus as Messiah and so, as such, will not be investigated except where they promote this conclusion....   [tags: Papers] 1425 words
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The Messianic Idea in Judaism - The Messianic Idea in Judaism Belief in the eventual coming of the moshiach is a basic and fundamental part of traditional Judaism. It is part of Rambam's 13 Principles of Faith, the minimum requirements of Jewish belief. In the Shemoneh Esrei prayer, recited three times daily, we pray for all of the elements of the coming of the moshiach: ingathering of the exiles; restoration of the religious courts of justice; an end of wickedness, sin and heresy; reward to the righteous; rebuilding of Jerusalem; restoration of the line of King David; and restoration of Temple service....   [tags: Papers] 1100 words
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Hosea - Hosea Hosea (c.784 - c.725 BC) After the death of King Solomon, the united tribes of Israel split into 2 kingdoms - the southern kingdom of "Judah," with the capital remaining at Jerusalem, and the northern kingdom of "Israel," with the capital at Samaria. The northern kingdom lasted just over 200 years before they were conquered and taken away into exile by the Assyrians. They never returned, and have become known to history as the "Lost Ten Tribes of Israel." The southern kingdom lasted slightly over 300 years before they were conquered and taken into exile by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar....   [tags: Papers] 1351 words
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Judaism and Christianity - Judaism and Christianity Jesus is the fulfillment of Judaic prophecies; he is the new Moses imparting the new Law of Love. Mark Perhaps John-Mark, missionary helper of Paul/Peter A suffering Christian community, perhaps in Rome Jesus is the Suffering Servant Messiah; imitate Jesus' fidelity by not losing heart; the way to glory is through the cross Luke Gentile companion of Paul; a doctor; also wrote Acts A Gentile-Christian church, perhaps in southern Greece Jesus' salvationis open to everyone, especially the oppressed, poor, despised; Jesus is the universal savior John A disciple of the "beloved apostle," John Several Christian churches around the Roman Empire have been suggested—notably Ephesus, but also Antioch in Syria and Alexandira Most theologically sophisticated of all the gospels: Jesus is the eternal Word of God, God's Son who came as Bread for our eternal salvation; He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life Jewish leaders tried Jesus and accused him of blasphemy because he claimed to be God's Son....   [tags: Papers] 1425 words
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Gospel of Matthew - The Teachings of Matthew The Gospel according to Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, and also serves as a bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The gospel tells us of Jesus and his teachings. It is believed that the Gospel originated with Matthew, one of Jesus' disciples, and it circulated anonymously (Harris 149). The message in this gospel was compiled to minister to a Jewish and Jewish-Christian community when tensions between early Christians and postwar Jewish leaders aggravated bitter controversy....   [tags: Religion Christian Bible] 1382 words
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The Many Faces of Pride - The Many Faces of Pride    Pride is idolatry, boastfulness, and the failure to recognize deficiencies (Peters 87).  With time, people have become more accepting of pride in their societies.  This progression of acceptance has led to alterations in the definition.  It is the slight tweakings of the definition that have allowed us to perceive pride as a deadly sin and simultaneously an essential for success.         The beginning of all sin occurred when Eve listened to the evil snake, in the garden of Eden, who told her that she could acquire God's knowledge (Peters 87).  God forbid Eve to eat the apple of knowledge, but she did regardless.  Eve committed the first sin of humankind in an act of pride because pride has been defined as "an attempt at human self-divination" (Peters 87).  Since she was only the second person to walk the earth, Eve had few examples of how to act.  It seems to be that it was her sheer curiosity and amazement with Eden that caused her to eat the apple, not an attempt to become like God.  Despite her intentions, according to the ancient definition of pride Eve sinned the first sin of self-divination.  Another example of ancient, religious pride can be seen through an ancient Jewish sect, the Pharisees.   These men claimed to be the most religious of the land.  Although they did not seek to be at the same level as God, they sought answers and results for their village among themselves when they should have been talking to God.  Often times, the Pharisees bent the rules of the Ten Commandments for themselves but forced the villagers to strictly obey them....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Jesus - Effeminate Liberal or Right Wing Republican? - Jesus - Effeminate Liberal or Right Wing Republican. In recent years, a popular slogan in the Christian world has been "WWJD?" or "What Would Jesus Do?" This poses a deep, probing question to all believers as we live to daily pattern our lives after the example of the Master. In every situation, Jesus always reflected His Father's perfect wisdom, mercy and justice. In this election year, we have an opportunity to look at this from some unique angles. A new question could be posed: "HWJV?" or "How Would Jesus Vote?" In today's world, it is very easy to allow our perception of Jesus to be skewed by our ideology, attempting to define Him in light of our preconceived views....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 1600 words
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