[Revised Spring 2020 and converted to take home format.
Please see D2L for more specific exam instructions.]
HISTORY 413: ANCIENT ISRAEL
REVISED FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE
write essay responses to all four (4) questions
below. I would like 250-400 words per question, 4-6
pages total for the exam. Please do not put all your
information into one long paragraph! Good topic
sentences are important. The IDís on the study guide
are a good clue as to what you might talk about in
connection with each essay. When you have completed the
exam, please put it in the D2L drop box.
On in-class exams, itís OK for you to mostly spit back at
me what Iíve spit at you. The take-home asks for
something a bit different. Here, I want a stronger
sense of *your* reaction to the material. Most of
you did a good job with this on the 2nd midterm, but I add
here the module on "personalizing" the exam I gave my
History 121 students. You may find some ideas here
that will make the exam easier.
A. There are many ways in which the
messages of the Hebrew prophets are rightly referred to
as "burdens." Clearly, however, these burdens were
worth bearing. One can see both the prophetic burden and
the reasons for bearing in Amos and Isaiah. Comment.
There will not be an ID
section to this exam, but I include below the ID's I
usually choose from on this exam. These
figures/terms will often be worth talking about in
connection with the associated essay.
There are many ways in which the messages of the Hebrew
prophets are rightly referred to as "burdens. Clearly,
however, these burdens were worth bearing. One can
see both the prophetic burden and the reasons for
bearing it in Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Comment.
The people of Ancient Israel may not have added much to
human knowledge, but their contributions to human wisdom
are very impressive. Especially important are
their explorations of the problem of evil. Comment.
For Jews during the exile and for the post-exilic Jewish
community, nothing seemed so important as Jerusalem and
the temple. Yet it was the long struggle to
rebuild and maintain the city and the sanctuary that
enabled the Jewish community to survive without either.
Something came together that enabled the Jews to survive
against all odds, and still enables them to survive
against all odds today. Just a book. But
it's *the* book: the most important book ever
written--and a book that I hope this very strange class
has helped you to better understand. Comment.
and Judaean History
is an excellent online resource for the 168
BC--AD 135 period of Hebrew history. If
lecture seemed confusing, be sure to read
through the material on this site.
A. (NEVIIM), (MINOR
PROPHETS), AMOS, JEROBOAM II, ISAIAH, UZZIAH, (NAZAR),
SERAPHIM, (SHEARJASHUB), IMMANUEL, MAHERSHALALHASHBAZ,
ZEDEKIAH, HULDAH, BARUCH, (NECHO), GEDALIAH,
LAMENTATIONS, PASHUR, MERKABAH, TAMMUZ, GOG
C. EVI, EVII,
EVIII, (QOHELETH), (VANITY), UNDER THE SUN,
(ZAKAN), WISDOM, (MASHAL), PROVERB A, PROVERB B,
PROVERB C (Note: EVI, EVII, and EVIII are any three
Ecclesiastes verses of your choice, "Proverb A,"
"Proverb B, and Proverb C" are to be any three
proverbs of your choice.) JOB, SATAN, BILDAD THE
SHUHITE, EUCATASTROPHE, (HABAKKUK), DANIEL, MESHACH,
D. BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY, CYRUS, ZERUBBABEL,
EZRA, NEHEMIAH, HAGGAI, VATICINIUM EX EVENTU,
MALACHI, SYNAGOGUE, ANTIOCHUS EPHIPHANES, MACCABEES