A History of God: The 4000-year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Short Essay - Answer Key

Karen Armstrong
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What did prophets do in the Temple of Judah?

In the Temple of Judah, various prophets emerged who enunciated the message from Yahweh. Thus Isaiah proclaimed the forthcoming devastation of the peoples of Israel but simultaneously promised them eventual victory and survival.

2. What was Yahweh's original role? What is his role now, at this point in the book?

The role of Yahweh now assumed the role of lord and master of history. No longer was Yahweh a champion and defender of a specific people but would visit punishments on them for their transgressions. In addition, Yahweh began to assume a more patriarchal role, and women were becoming marginalized as the prophets developed their image of God.

3. What did King Josiah do to make the worship of Yahweh the exclusive way to worship?

Gradually, the doctrine of exclusivity developed in the concept of Yahweh and adherents to any other religion or belief system, were ruthlessly suppressed by the reforms of King Josiah. In the books of Joshua, Yahweh became the instigator of a war of extermination against the people of Canaan.

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