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. In what belief is there no grace or repentance for sin, just cause and effect?

3. From what civilization do we get the legacy that great poetry comes into being through madness?

4. To what does Heschel compare the words of the prophet?

5. In ancient times, Israel only knew God as 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. Describe one view of ecstasy and prophets that Heschel describes.

3. How does Heschel explain the beliefs that the prophets were frauds?

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

5. What is ecstasy?

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

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

8. Who was Marcion?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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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