Essay about Religion 111 Study Questions Week 1

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REL 111 Questions For Review Chapters 3, 4, 5 Chapter 3 Q1. What levels of meaning can be found in Genesis 1.1-2.4a? This passage gives meaning to the first creation story. It gives the order of how God created everything over the first six days starting with light and ending with the creation of animals and humans. Q2. What are the similarities and differences between the biblical and the Babylonian presentations of cosmic beginnings? The similarities between biblical and Babylonian beginnings are that there is a God of the bible and a god of the Enuma Elish known as Marduk. Both of these gods in each of their stories is the creator of the earth and everything that is known today. One of the differences is that below Marduk…show more content…
Also the Enuma Elish is also written on seven tablets and The first creation story lasts seven days. Chapter 4 Q1. What are the data that led scholars to arrive at the Documentary Hypothesis? How does the Documentary Hypothesis explain these data? The data that led scholars to arrive at the Documentary Hypothesis came in the seventeenth century. Several analysts during that time wrote books and shared ideas that the writings within the bible and the creation stories could not be from the same source. The Documentary Hypothesis is written by Julius Wellhausen and explains that the stories of the bible were not eyewitness accounts but were writings that reflected the views of other authors. The stories had been passed down over generations and if properly dated were placed into the bible. Q2. What are the principal characteristics and themes of the four documents or sources? The four sources are referred to as J, E, D, and P. The J source is the Yahwist and is explained by the way God is humanized in the second creation story. The E source or Elohist gets its name by the use of the word elohim meaning God. The D source is found entirely in the book of Deuteronomy. The book emphasizes prophecy and was found in a Temple during the reign of Josiah. The P is known as the Priestly source because of its emphasis on religious observance and ritual. Q3. What are the principal themes of the J and P sources in
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