- What was Jethro’s advice to Moses about organizing the Hebrews’ army? What do you find unusual?
- According to Moses, why did God dictate the Ten Commandments?
- What exactly was the ark of the Covenant? What did it look like? Where was it stored? What did it hold?
- What exactly was the Tabernacle? What did it look like? Who went inside?
- From what tribe did the chief Hebrew priests come?
- Note any ironies here: “Two things God promised to grant us: liberty and the possession of a happy land. The first you now enjoy, and the other you will quickly obtain. For now we are near the borders of Canaan which no human strength can prevent our taking. Let us then prepare ourselves for the task, for the Canaanites will not give up their land without fighting. . . .”
- If you study the map on p. 72, you’ll see that at no time did the Hebrews cross the Red Sea. So what body of water did they cross?
- What tribes settled in Gilead?
- How did Moses die? Who succeeded him as Hebrew judge and leader?
- How did the Hebrews manage to cross the Jordan?
- What exactly caused the walls of Jericho to fall?
- How do you respond when God tells the Hebrews, as he frequently did, to kill every man, woman, and child?
- After many wars and at least five years at Shiloh, Joshua divided Canaan amongst the remaining tribes. What was his main method for deciding which tribes received which lands?
- Study the map on page 96 to review which tribes settled which lands. Pay particular attention to those who settled the north and those who settled the south.
- When Joshua and Eleazar died (do you remember who Eleazar was precisely?), who assumed responsibility as high priest?
- Why did the Hebrews fight their own Benjamanites? Then, after killing nearly all the Benjaminites, why did the Hebrews choose to help repopulate the tribe?
- How exactly did the Hebrews repopulate the Benjaminites? Any ironies here?
- Who was Barak? And why were he and Deborah important to the tribe of Dan?
- Hamlet accuses Polonius of being like Jephthah. What do Jephthah and Polonius have in common?
- Samson, of the tribe of Dan, became a prisoner of the Philistines how? He lost his strength because he revealed his secret to a Philistine harlot named what? After the revelation, what happened to Samson? Why does Milton describe him as “eyeless in Gaza”?
- Why was Bethlehem central to the story of Naomi and Ruth? Who were the important descendants of Ruth and Boaz?
- How did the Hebrews lose the ark of the covenant? How did they get it back?
- What great judge called the Hebrews’ first king against his own best judgment? Who was that king?
- What were King Saul’s principal achievements? How seriously should we take the various numbers attributed to all these Hebrew, Canaanite, Moabite, Amalekite, and other armies?
- How did Saul become an enemy of God?
- Why was Saul unhappy when David brought him Goliath’s head? How did Saul respond to David’s melodies?
- Describe the relationship between Jonathan and David.
- Who was Abigail, and what was her relationship with David?
- Whose spirit did Saul consult with the help of the Witch of Endor? What did he learn from that spirit?
- At Mount Gilboa, Saul and his sons led the Israelites’ fight against the Philistines. What happened to Saul’s sons, including Jonathan? What happened to Saul? In total, how long did Saul rule the Israelites?
Josephus, Wee Quiz 2, Chapters 5-9
Josephus The Essential Writings - a new translation by Paul L. Maier
The class has begun reading Flavius Josephus, The Essential Writings. Selections will come from Josephus's history of the Roman-Jewish War of the first century, including the fall of the Second Temple in 70 CE; Josephus's volumes on Jewish antiquities-an historical apologia for Judaism; and his autobiography -- Jewis general from the priestly class who becomes translator and officer amongst the late Flavian emperors. We will use a translation by Paul Maier that is straightforward, clear, and easy to read.
-- George Payne
Quiz #1 on Josephus
See how many you can answer easily after reading Josephus, but before we discuss in class.
1. When and where did Josephus live?
2. What kind of family did he come from, and how did he rise to prominence amongst the Romans?
3. According to Josephus, God forbade Adam and Eve to eat of what tree?
4. What exactly was the fruit they ate?
5. Whom did Cain and Abel marry, and why?
6. For what three reasons did God send the Flood?
7. How long did the Flood last?
8. Name the sons of Noah and what parcel of the earth each took after the division.
9. Why were Ham’s descendants cursed?
10. Name two Jewish food laws established during this section of our reading and the specific reasons for them.
11. Who was Nimrod?
12. Abraham originally came to Canaan from where?
13. God promised Abraham descendants as numerous as what?
14. What became of Ishmael’s descendants?
15. What evidence does Josephus offer for Lot’s wife having looked back?
16. Whom did Isaac marry, and which of her sons did she favor?
17. Why is the “ram in the thicket” so famous?
18. How did Jacob fool Isaac into giving him the blessing? Why couldn’t Jacob change what he had done?
19. Besides Abraham, to whom did God promise multitudes of descendants?
20. Besides Adam, who was named “red” for the color of the earth?
21. Jacob worked for Laban for seven years to win Rachel, but was given Leah instead. Why? Then how long did he work again for Rachel? All together, how long did Jacob labor for Laban?
22. What two sons did Rachel give birth to? What happened to them?
23. Which of Jacob’s sons tried to save Joseph?
24. How long between Joseph’s arrival in Egypt’s and Moses’ departure?
25. Name two persons buried at Hebron.
Study notes by Dr. Sherry Darrell for The Plague:
And then, when the end came, the tears that blinded Rieux's eyes were tears impotence, and he did not see Tarrou roll over, face to the wall, and die with a short, hollow groan as if somewhere within him an essential chord had snapped.
Dr. Sherry Darrell provided the class with several study guides for The Plague.
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