The Prophets Test | Final 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. Who said that what a poet writes is beautiful, if it is written with enthusiasm and divine inspiration?

2. To be a prophet means to identify one's concern with what?

3. What subject area did Philo develop?

4. What does Heschel believe drives a person's desire for ecstasy?

5. What is the origin of pathos?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe one theory of the state of mind of the prophets at the time they were receiving the words of God.

2. What is the purpose of ecstasy, as explained by Heschel?

3. Who was Marcion?

4. What was Spinoza's idea about the prophets and does Heschel agree?

5. How does Heschel describe God?

6. What is ecstasy?

7. How does Heschel describe Tao as an antithesis to the prophetic idea of God?

8. What is Heschel's theory of ecstasy and the prophets?

9. Why does Heschel say Karma is opposed to prophetic thinking?

10. What is Democritus's view of poets and divine inspiration?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the social issues that the prophets were addressing. What were the issues? Be sure to link specific social issues to specific prophets. What did the prophets have to say about these social issues? Did the prophets address the social issues in the same way?

Essay Topic 2

How does Heschel explain God's wrath? How does he answer the objection of those who find it hard to understand how a righteous God can be angry? Is there a difference between anger and wrath, in terms of humans, and/or in terms of God? Should humans look at natural disasters as the wrath of God or as the power of God?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the theology of pathos to two other theological points of view.

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