Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the job of the Sanhedrin?
The primary function of the Sanhedrin is to govern and actively analyze, debate and work through the faith. The Sanhedrin also provides central leadership for the faith or at least a place where the leaders of the faith can gather regularly to make decisions that affect all people living in this faith.
2. In the Prologue, what do the sages debate over and what do they decide?
The sages of the Sanhedrin debate the idea of allowing the study of Greek and Roman literature. After hearing arguments, both for and against the idea, no agreement is reached. This subject is controversial, and the meeting ends with no further clarity on the subject.
3. Why does one rabbi give the opinion that wisdom cannot be found in pagan literature?
Part of the Jewish tradition is complete, unswerving faith to one God. The rabbi believes that pagan literature cannot lead to the correct answers, only misguide people further.
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