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

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

3. Heschel links divine inspiration to what?

4. Who declared ecstasy to be a definitive mark of a prophet?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Heschel describe God?

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

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

5. Why does Heschel think it is hard for people to understand the wrath of God?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Not all people believe that the prophets are divinely inspired. Discuss at least two viewpoints that call the prophets "false". What is Heschel's response to these claims?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least three prophets that are not Old Testament prophets. How do they compare/contrast to the Old Testament prophets?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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