God: A Biography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jack Miles
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is David indicted under Deuteronomic Law?

2. What has the Tanakh always been?

3. How does God tell Moses to clear Canaan of its natives?

4. Although his story, previously reserved to Jewish and Christian believers, is the bedrock of what civilization?

5. How does God come to understand that he wants to limit and channel the gift of procreation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Exodus conclude with Moses constructing?

2. How are the two personalities of God different?

3. What does God invite readers to do, at which critics might scoff? Why?

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

5. Describe the god Baal.

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

7. How does Miles disagree with systematic theologians and the character and actions of God?

8. What are the "Deuteronomistic History?"

9. Into what does the Tanakh turn the Israelite's religious experience?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What events lead to God becoming Creator/Destroyer/Patron/Warrior? How did Pharaoh force God into becoming a warrior? Why could God not come to a peaceful agreement with Egypt?

Essay Topic 2

What is the accepted opinion of women in the Tanakh? Give three examples from the Tanakh that show the status of women and explain how they relate to the accepted opinion of women.

Essay Topic 3

Why does God strike up a deal with Satan? How does the Book of Job examine the dark side of God? How does God's biography differ from traditional fables?

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