This post is just a friendly reminder that we’ll be having our “Late Semester Exam” this coming Friday, April 22. You may be dissatisfied that we’re having such a substantial exam—a comprehensive exam that’s worth 20 percent of your class grade—during what is inevitably a hectic time of the semester. For this sad scenario you can thank in part the University Senate and the Academic Ombud (feel free to write them and complain about the dead week policy changes they’ve sanctioned, because I’m pretty sure they don’t improve your educational experience).
Fortunately, I have provided a study guide for the final exam. As always, be familiar with the significance of all of these terms, and know the distinctive traits of all the books in the OT we’ve read thus far. The potential essay questions may have a striking resemblance to some of the questions that will appear on the exam. Feel free to post questions to the blog, and I’ll answer them (to the benefit of you and your colleagues). Note: the content of this exam, although comprehensive, will skew toward what we’ve covered in the last half of the course.
Terms to Know
OT prophetic voice
J, E, P, D, R, and H
the Bible’s “theological triangle”
Bildad, Eliphaz, and Zophar
history, ideology, theology, revisionism
classical vs. non-classical prophets
anxiety of influence
Historical Critical method
The OT as being “fraught with background”
Blood sacrifice in Leviticus
Deuteronomy as a “pious forgery”
Potential Essay Questions
1. One of the interpretative mistakes people make when reading the Old Testament is to assume that biblical prophets existed to “foretell the future,” much like modern psychics or soothsayers. In an essay response, refute this erroneous understanding of biblical prophecy. Be sure to define the following question: what is the biblical prophetic voice and message? Focus on a specific OT prophet to demonstrate your definition.
2. Since its canonization, most readers of the Song of Songs have been scandalized by its erotic dialogues between two lovers. In an essay response, attempt to provide a convincing answer to the following question: “Why is the Song of Songs in the Bible?” Be sure to reference examples from the text.
Now available!!!! MS Word format: Late semester exam study guide