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. From the total perspective, what does Heschel say are demands rather than fulfillments?

2. What attitude does Heschel take to other points of view that he uses in his book?

3. Heschel admits that pathos is both a paradox and what?

4. According to some scholars, the goal should not be pathos but what?

5. What subject area did Philo develop?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Heschel say God always been considered a loving and good God?

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

3. Who was Marcion?

4. How does Heschel describe the concerns of the prophets?

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

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

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

8. Describe one theory that Heschel discusses regarding prophets and their revelations from God.

9. What does Heschel describe as the end to indifference?

10. Describe one view of ecstasy and prophets that Heschel describes.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss imagery and its use in the descriptions of the prophecies. Include in your discussion why the prophets used imagery and whether it helps in understanding their prophesy.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following prophets: Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Habakkuk, and Second Isaiah. Discuss the prophet in detail, including who he is, where he came from, what he did, his prophecy, etc.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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