Religion & Philosophy at Lyon College

Supplementary Study Questions for First Exam
and the glossary in the textbook for additional aids)

1. What are the three worlds of the Bible?

2. Where does the word "Bible" come from and what is its original meaning? What is the Torah, Nevim, and Ketuvim, and the Tanak, and what do they have to do with the Old Testament?

3. What are the differences between the Bible of the Jewish faith and the Christian Bible?

4. What is the difference between the Old Testament used by most Protestants and that used by Roman Catholics?

5. What is the difference between a literal translation and a dynamic equivalent translation?

6. What do we mean by "autographs" in biblical studies? Where are the original manuscripts of the biblical texts? What are some of the problems in trying to reconstruct what the original manuscripts would have looked like?

7. What is the Septuagint?

8. When was the King James Version (Authorized Version) translated? What were its strengths? Why is it not generally used for scholarly study today? How is the New Revised Standard Version related to the King James Version?

9. What are the basic concerns of the following types of biblical criticism: traditions criticism, source criticism, and feminist criticism? Be prepared (in the essay exam) to apply one or more of these to passages discussed in class.

10. What is the documentary hypothesis? How is it illustrated in Gen. 1-4? What are the differences between J and P and when and where do scholars think they originated?

11. What does feminist criticism tell us about the story of Adam and Eve?

12. What does traditions criticism tell us about Gen. 1? What is the Enuma Elish? How is the Enuma Elish related to Genesis 1?

13. What are the basic events that make up the biblical story?

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