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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what does the author compare the Biblical writers?
(a) Lawyers.
(b) Courtroom witnesses.
(c) Illustrators.
(d) Judges.

2. With what is God satisfied regarding various nations?
(a) Ignoring them.
(b) Destroying them.
(c) With manipulating nations like chess pieces.
(d) Assimilating them into the Israelite culture.

3. What is the order of the Christian text?
(a) Action to silence to speech.
(b) Silence to speech to action.
(c) Speech to action to silence.
(d) Action to speech to silence.

4. How is David indicted under Deuteronomic Law?
(a) He kills Goliath and gloats about his win.
(b) His behavior towards Bathseba, whom he seduces and her murdered husband, whom he arranged to have killed.
(c) He defies God's law.
(d) He tricks Bathseba into marrying her husband.

5. What must God do to maintain contact with the remnant that survives destruction?
(a) He must change them.
(b) He must act like a warrior.
(c) He must be powerful.
(d) He must change himself to accept them as they are.

Short Answer Questions

1. Many technical studies deal with how the God of Israel arose as a fusion of Semitic deities, but what do they fail to ask?

2. What Jewish and Christian texts cover the same material?

3. God commissions a reluctant Moses to return to lead his people out of Egypt. How does God reply when Moses asks his name?

4. How does God show his power to Egypt?

5. What book and chapters of the Tanakh relate a distinct second account of creation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the "Deuteronomistic History?"

2. How does the frightful Yahweh act towards the man and the woman after they are punished and before they are expelled from the garden?

3. Whose traits does one see in God in 2 Samuel?

4. How is God compared to modern actors and Don Quixote?

5. What are three ways in which God is different from the gods of Greek mythology?

6. How is God compared to an immature individual?

7. What did Neil Simon take for granted when he writes the play "God's Favorite?"

8. What belief continues to set Western civilization apart from, for example, the Japanese?

9. How can one gain insight into the Western ideal of character without being Jewish or Christian?

10. Whose statement does Miles raise at the end of the keynote? What is that statement?

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