Category Archives: Conversation Paper Topics

Group 3 Video

This video was made to supplement the presentation my group and I made. Our topic was social injustice, how it relates to the old testament and how it relates to the modern day world. Our prime example of social injustice … Continue reading

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The battle of the sexes

After talking in class today about social equality and gender equality I found it almost ironic when I was working today because I had a discussion about gender equality with my one of my clients. I work as a personal … Continue reading

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Eroticism and the Song of Songs

When we encounter the Song of Songs, we read a strange book that seems to lie outside of the Old Testament’s theological triangle.  The Song is a compilation of erotic poetry.  At times it gets pretty explicit, or at least … Continue reading

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Prospectus: OT Theodicy in Today’s Culture

It’s easy to see the world as a bad place in today’s culture. So many horrible things happen to good people and why? Well no one quite knows the answer, but the Old Testament tries to shed some light and … Continue reading

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Futility: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom Literature

Ecclesiastes and Proverbs represent our first significant foray into Old Testament theodicy. Both are collections of knowledge about life that seem to take the reader outside of the Bible’s “theological triangle.”  Ecclesiastes in particular dramatizes the teachings of “Koheleth, son … Continue reading

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Job and Evil

Job is the quintessential example of Old Testament theodicy.  It is among the oldest parts of the Bible, and it asks questions that seem to occupy humans across cultures.  After reading examples from the text, consider the following questions.  Remember … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 in Early Modern Culture

On Monday’s class we’ll be considering one of the most famous poems in the Old Testament, Psalm 23.  Chances are, if you’ve heard of the Bible, you’ve heard of this poem.  For our class, we’ll read Psalm 23 as existing … Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Biblical Poetry

The “Reading Biblical Poetry” essay in the back of the Jewish Study Bible goes to great lengths to describe the form and function of biblical Hebrew poetry.  The chapter appears to be a smattering of information about formal devices and technical … Continue reading

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The Servant Songs

Next week, on Wednesday, we’ll be reading some sections of II and III Isaiah.  In addition to the selections indicated, please read Harold Bloom on the Suffering Servant.  This is a section from his book, Jesus and Yahweh:  The Names Divine.  … Continue reading

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Psychological effects of Father/Daughter interaction

ENG 270 Lot and daughters My rough draft today is more like a mix of a draft and an outline. I have some book sources I plan on using and still have more researching to do. A couple things I … Continue reading

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Reading Focus: 1 Samuel 18-23; 2 Samuel 1. We’ve already seen how clothes function as a metaphors in the Joseph cycle.  The motif appears again in 1 Samuel (in many places, but most notably when David and Jonathan exchange clothing … Continue reading

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Judges and Terrorism

When reading through Judges, please consider especially chapters 13-16 There are several well-known episodes in the book of Judges, but perhaps none has drawn more attention recently than the account of Samson.   Samson’s calling as a Nazarite leader, his strength, … Continue reading

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Prospectus: Incest to save the human race?

I think we can all recall the story of Lot and his two daughters. The story first starts out with Lot, being a humble host, welcomes in two men (really the angels sent from God) into his home. The men … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy and Revisionist History

During the early part of this coming week, we’ll complete our reading of the Torah with Deuteronomy.  At first, it might seem odd that the book of Deuteronomy repeats many of the laws already mentioned in other places during the … Continue reading

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Exodus and Theodicy

One of the great scenes in the OT occurs in the beginning of Exodus (3:11-14), where God confronts Moses by a burning bush.  After some discussion between the two figures, God refuses to provide Moses with a name for himself, saying … Continue reading

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