The Prophets Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Heschel say is the basis for the relationship of God and man?

2. How did Second Isaiah refer to the people of Israel?

3. Hosea describes Israel as the unfaithful wife and God as Israel's what?

4. Which prophet does Heschel not provide the reader his past?

5. In the Old Testament, sacrifices were part of the people's what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Heschel say God's ultimate goal is?

2. Why did the people try to run Amos out of the city of Judah?

3. What did Heschel say about the prophets' popularity?

4. How does God answer Habakkuk when he asks him why and how long this will continue?

5. What does understanding God depend on, according to Heschel?

6. What is meant when Samuel says "to obey is better than sacrifice"?

7. Did the people listen to the prophet Isaiah?

8. Why does Heschel say that the tone changes toward the people of Israel while Second Isaiah is the prophet?

9. Why did history cause a need for prophets?

10. Why can't God be explained, according to Heschel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is prophecy? How do you distinguish prophecy from other forms of speech or from predictions?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss prophetic inspiration. What is it? Compare/contrast at least three different explanations/definitions, including Heschel's. Which explanation do you agree with and why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relationship of prophet, priest, and king through history, with emphasis on the period of the Old Testament prophets described in this book.

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