introduction to the old testament 1

This assignment should be a minimum of 1600 words total and two other scholarly sources besides including the textbook (Tullock, J., & McEntire, M., (2012). The Old Testament Story, (9th Ed.). Pearson Learning Solutions), three total scholarly sources are required. Everything is to be in APA format with direct link to the reference source.

Israel Becomes a People: Exodus to Deuteronomy

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Read: Chapter 4 -The Old Testament Story (In chapter 4 we see the creation of the Children of Israel and the events that come to define them as a people.) Exodus chs. 1-40; Num. 10-25; Deut. 1-5, 29-34

  1. From the perspective of the book of Exodus, what was the LORD’s role in the events it portrays?
  2. What is the distinction between a suzerainty treaty or covenant and a parity treaty or covenant?
  3. Where are the four possible places for the crossing of the Red Sea?
  4. Look up covenant in a Bible dictionary and determine its role in Israelite religion.
  5. What are the major themes of the Pentateuch?

Israel Gains a Home: Joshua and Judges

Read: Chapter 5 -The Old Testament Story (As israel enters the Promised Land they experience victories and trouble as they cease wandering and begin settling.) Joshua and Judges

6. Why does a careful reading of both Joshua and Judges provide a more balanced view of the conquest?

7. What kind of leaders were the judges?

8. What is meant by saying that the judges were “charismatic leaders”?

9. In light of the story in Genesis 22, how do you interpret Jephthah’s vow that resulted in the sacrifice of his daughter?

10. What set of circumstances finally served to unite the Israelite tribes?

The Beginning of the Monarchy: Samuel, Saul, and David

Read: Chapter 6 -The Old Testament Story (The Beginning of the Monarchy: Samuel, Saul, and David) I & II Samuel

11. In what ways are the birth stories of Samuel (1 Sam.1:1-2:11) and Isaac (Gen. 18:9-11; 21:1-8) similar?

12. Why should Samuel be described as a king maker and a king breaker?

13. What are the two different versions of how Saul and David met? What does this seem to say about the sources used in writing the Deuteronomistic History?

14. Why did David join forces with the Philistines?

15. What were the long-term effects of David’s affair with Bathsheba?