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. Why does God make the world?

2. What do these references do?

3. What character eludes the baby killers, grows to manhood in Egypt, flees, and settles down as a shepherd?

4. Why do the Christians move the prophets from the middle to the end?

5. What happens to God's plan of establishing a nation peacefully obedient to the detailed moral code he promulgated?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is "new historicism?"

7. Describe the god Baal.

8. How does God show mercy towards the Israelites after the destruction in Deuteronomy?

9. How is Elijah's "death" different from those of Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and David?

10. How does God deal with humans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

God's creation does not turn out as expected from the beginning.

Part 1) Why do Adam and Eve disobey God?

Part 2) What does God require of Adam and Eve?

Part 3) How does God handle this disobedience?

Essay Topic 2

Surprisingly after the bloody Exodus, what is decreed about foreigners? Why? How is this different than what one would expect?

Essay Topic 3

When does God realize He is responsible for Israel's social order? What six-part action leads to this discovery? What are the four crescendos that affect the emerging character of God?

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