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 stated that since the world is so full of filth and sin a just and loving God could not have created it?

2. What is anthropopathy?

3. The prophet's attitude toward divine reality is described as what?

4. When did Heschel examine the state of mind of the prophets with respect to the theory of ecstasy?

5. Heschel looks at the theory of ecstasy but limits it to what?

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. Do all scholars agree with Philo's view of ecstasy and the prophets?

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

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

5. How does Heschel describe God?

6. What is one difference between apathy and pathos, as explained by Heschel?

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

8. To what does Heschel compare the descriptions of prophecy?

9. What does Heschel say gives the prophets the courage to speak out?

10. How does Heschel think much of the Bible should be looked at?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss what type of man the prophet is in the Old Testament. Use examples from the prophets discussed the in the book to illustrate your points. Why were they prophets? What was their purpose?

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

Through their lives and in their prophesies the prophets convey different images or concepts of God. Choose three prophets and compare/contrast their concepts of God.

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