for spring 2013


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.

 

REL 207: midterm exam

 

The midterm exam will take ca. 40 minutes:

 

1) terms (40%): identify 10 of 12 terms for which a brief description will be given (a list of all the terms will be provided)

 

2) passage analysis (30%): analyze synoptic pericope

 

3) 3 short-answer questions (30%): 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)

 

 

For review:

 

1. Materials covered through 24 Feb (focus on significant issues, especially as presented and discussed in class):

 

Goodacre (through ch. 6)

 

Synopsis passages, especially those covered in class

 

2. Samples of questions you should be ready to answer (see the R-drive file for more information & tips):

 

What is the Synoptic problem?

 

What is the Two-Source Theory? What are its claims? What are its strengths and weaknesses?

 

What is the Griesbach Theory? What are its claims? What are its strengths and weaknesses?

 

What is the Farrer Theory? What are its claims? What are its strengths and weaknesses?

 

What is the significance of recognizing Mark as the "middle term" among the Synoptics?

 

What are the minor agreements? What is their significance?

 

What are the various reasons for surmising that Mark was the first written Gospel?

 

According to Goodacre, what are the six key arguments for the Q hypothesis?

 

According to Goodacre, what are the arguments against Q?

 

3. highlighted terms on the R-drive