chs. emended under "For review" (posted
19 Feb. 2014)
Is it true
that hair and nails continue to grow after death?
No, they only
seem to. What happens is the body dries out after death and the skin
recedes from the hair and nails, making it appear as if they are longer.
In fact, even though hair is not technically "living," hair and nail
cells still need to be nourished by blood in order to grow.
101: midterm examination
exam will consist of the following:
- terms (30%): identify 10 of 12 terms for which a
brief description will be given (a list of all the terms will be
- 6 passage identifications (30%): identify
the book of the Bible from which a passage is quoted
- short-answer questions (40%): you may be given some
options from which to choose (more details the better; focus on being
able to discuss the main issues covered so far)
- Materials covered from through Feb 28
- Harris chs. 1–6
- highlighted terms on R-drive
- books of the Protestant Bible in order and spelled
- see helpful review materials on the final exam link
you should be ready to answer:
- Provide the historical-critical
explanation of the process through which the books of the Torah
(Pentateuch) were composed and brought together. In your answer show
your understanding of the source hypothesis and the major
characteristics of the various sources.
- Compare the
distinctive features of the two accounts of creation recorded in Gen
1.1–2.25, commenting on the sources they represent. Also discuss
themes or convictions common to both.
- What is the most
significant event, or root experience, in the memory of the
Israelites? Why? How does this experience influence the various
economic, historical, literary, political, religious, theological
developments or issues in the Hebrew Bible?
- Discuss the
developments from the tribal confederacy to the divided kingdom,
describing the main stages of development, as well as identifying the
main figures in the biblical narrative and the theological and
historical issues or themes that we may discern within the
- What are the three
models/theories proposed for understanding the settlement of the
Israelites in Canaan? Describe each theory and evaluate the strengths
and weaknesses of each view.
- What books are included in the
Deuteronomistic History? List as many characteristic features of this
literature as you can.
- Discuss the rise of monarchy in ancient Israel.
- Describe and compare the two major
theological traditions in ancient Israel. What are the features of
each? How are they similar? How are they different? What sorts of
problems arose as a result of the differences?
- What is the nature and function of
what ways does the theme of egalitarian ethos emerge in the Hebrew