Old Testament

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Chapter 10 -The Old Testament Story (During Israel’s final
days God spoke to his people through men who were prepared to go to great
lengths to warn Israel that its sin would bring judgment and that redemption
was available to a repentant people.) Isaiah

1.What were the three major crises in Israel that
the prophetic literature responds to?

2.Do you think Isaiah’s advice to Ahaz in the
Syro-Ephraimitic crisis was sound? Explain your answer.

3.How did Hezekiah prepare for a possible invasion
by the Assyrians during Sennacherib’s reign?

4.What are the five major sections into which
Isaiah 1-39 can be divided, and what is the central idea in each part?

5.What are the Servant Songs?

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Chapter 11 -The Old Testament Story (A weeping prophet, a
valley of dry bones and a temple beyond description. ) Jeremiah &
Ezekiel

6.What is unusual about Jeremiah’s call to be a
prophet?

7.What advice did Jeremiah give the exiles, and
why did he feel it necessary to give such advice?

8.What appears to be Ezekiel’s understanding of
his call experience?

9.Compare Ezekiel’s view of individual
responsibility to that of Jeremiah.

10.What was the meaning of Ezekiel’s vision in the
valley of dry bones?

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Chapter 12 -The Old Testament Story (Lesser known prophets
continue the message of judgement and restoration found in the “big three”
(Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel)) Hosea through Malachi

11.What problems are raised by God’s command to
Hosea to marry a prostitute? How do different biblical interpreters address
this problem?

12.What do the Oracles Against the Nations (Amos
1:3-2:5) say about Amos’s doctrine of God?

13.Compare Isaiah’s attitude toward Jerusalem with
that of Micah.

14.Why might Habakkuk be considered an early Jewish
philosopher?

15.How does the Book of Twelve function as a single
book made up of twelve little books?