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 do critics and scholars differ?

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

3. What must God do to maintain contact with the remnant that survives destruction?

4. What does God not do as he is creating the world and animals?

5. What is different about these two texts?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are two firsts mentioned near the beginning of the chapter?

3. How are the two personalities of God different?

4. What part of Abram/Abraham does God personally control?

5. Under Joshua, what does Israel do?

6. What promise does God keep in Joshua?

7. By using foreign nations to punish his people, how is God opening the door to other nations?

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

9. How do critics and scholars differ on their approach to literary characters?

10. What does Exodus conclude with Moses constructing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What plants the seeds of prophecy later in the text? How does Miles describe God's and his chosen people's personality mentioned in chapter three? What do the Israelites forget during their sojourn in Egypt?

Essay Topic 3

God allows Sodom and the surrounding region to be destroyed.

Part 1) What is Miles' explanation for the scope of vengeance?

Part 2) This story of Sodom is traditionally considered a lesson on morality. How can Miles' explanation for Sodom's destruction change one's attitude towards the purpose of this story?

Part 3) What does this story say about God's desire for power?

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