Understanding Israelite Kinship Culture And The Old Testament

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Chapter 1
1. Richter uses a metaphor to describe most people 's knowledge and use of the Old Testament. Describe this metaphor, and discuss whether or not you agree with her proposed thesis.
A. The metaphor that Richter uses is the dysfunctional closet syndrome. She brings an image of where a closet is so full of clothes, lacking organization and order. In the end, Richter shows a thesis that I can agree with. Without the Old Testament, the New Testament would not make sense, and therefore it should not be looked down upon by the present generation just because some of the culture and the practices of that time were considered different from what we do today. To understand the New Testament, the Old Testament is needed and very important.
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2. Moses: Moses was one of the leading characters in the Old Testament, saving the Israelites from Egypt and listening to God.
3. Abraham: Abraham is the most mentioned, most present character in the whole Bible. God literally made Abraham the father of the nations, and I think that the author picked Abraham because of that.
4. Noah: Noah shows how God had redeemed those who were loyal to Him and to His voice by keeping them safe and flooding the whole earth to destroy a once developed human race which was now corrupt and ungodly.
5. David: David was the King when the land did not have one. God chose him. God rewarded David’s loyalty by giving him a kingdom to rule over, rewarding both his descendants too.
2. Richter chooses several main locations around which to orient the OT timeline. Whom did she choose and why did she choose them?
A. 1. Mesopotamia: This is where many of the achievements in studies were made and where civilization basically began.
2. Israel: God’s people were mostly centered around this area, showing where God redeemed them and saved them from the harms they were in.
3. Egypt: This was where the Israelites were trapped and were kept slaves, and this is from where God redeemed them.
Chapter 3
1. Describe and discuss some ways in which fictive kinship and suzerain covenants inform our understanding of God 's covenants with us.
A. In a fictive kinship covenant, the patriarch was God. Jesus, as a first born, can be seen in this

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