Assignment 1 The purpose of this paper is to list three things learned in chapters 1 – 3 of the book: A Survey of the New Testament. Those three things are: (1) The advanced knowledge of the New Testament world. (2) The depth of Judaism in the New Testament. (3) The expanse of Greek Culture and the corruption it brings.
| The Heart of the Old Testament | | BIB220 | | The Heart of the Old Testament | | BIB220 | The Heart of the Old Testament written by Ronald Youngblood is an informative and insightful book. Youngblood identifies the nine themes that form the foundation of the Old Testament. These themes show that the Old Testament is not any different from the New Testament and should not be consider irrelevant when compared to the New Testament. The nine themes include monotheism, sovereignty, election, covenant, theocracy, law, sacrifice, faith and redemption.
The history of how the Bible came into existence has been explored for centuries and is an active area of study today. There are many facets to the Bible and each has its own set of unique characteristics and teachings. The Old Testament is considered a contemporary guide for daily living, even though it was composed hundreds of years ago. Where did the Old Testament come from? What are some of the influences that shaped the Old Testament? What are the significant events of the Old Testament? In order to gain a better understanding of the Old Testament and its message to Christians, special consideration is given to its historical and cultural context, and to the major milestones in its development. Personal application of the teachings offered in this section of the Bible should be the aspiration of all Christians today.
Of all of Aesop’s fables, “The Monkey and the Camel” is probably one of the lesser known ones. The story is simple: the Lion has a party, the Monkey dances wonderfully and is applauded, and the Camel dances horribly and is chased and eaten. The main takeaway from this story is to “not try to ape your betters” (Library of Congress). In other words, don’t imitate those better than you. However, this takeaway doesn’t seem appropriate, as the Camel just wanted the same laurels as the Monkey. This gives off the impression that those who are unable will forever remain so. There exists a more simple and fitting theme that is cleverly woven into the story: don’t go to parties. These four paltry words may seem like a joke, but there is some truth to them. If the Camel never went to the party, the whole mess would’ve never happened. Rather than jumping into a lion’s mouth, if the Camel just stayed home, he would’ve been happy and healthy.
One of the major differences that A.J. Jacobs illuminates as major differences between the world of the Old Testament and our recent society is that the hundreds of laws listed on the 5 first books of the Old Testament might no longer apply to our contemporary society. Some of the reasons these laws are irrational is because they were harsh and basically impossible to achieve. However, I disagree with him in picking and choosing the right parts of the Bible. This is a dangerous statement because it opens the door to pick and choose what fits our model; therefore justification to sin might occur as a consequence. Nevertheless, these laws were given to one group of people, the Jews.
In Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, the author gives the list of the ancient fourteen species of big herbivorous domestic mammals and how they affect their regions. Diamond lists the animals in sub-categories on page 152 when he wrote, “Of those Ancient Fourteen, 9 became important livestock for people in only limited areas of the globe: the Arabian camel, Bactrian camel, llama/alpaca, donkey, reindeer, water buffalo, yak, banteng, and gaur. Only 5 species became widespread and important around the world. Those Major Five of mammal domestication are the cow, sheep, goat, pig, and horse” (Diamond, 152 & 153). In the form of a table, the author also shown the fourteen domesticated animals with the place of which they originated from.
“Juana moved to the entrance and looked out. She peered like an owl from the hole in the mountain …” Page 37