Hebrew Bible Spring 2004 Quiz #7 makeup
Respond to the following essay questions. Be succinct --
information is much more important than volume. This is due by
noon, Friday, May 7. You may send it to me e-mail or deliver a
hard copy to the department secretary. Make sure it has my
name on it, as well as yours.
What is the apocalyptic worldview? What sort of social context
does it seem to reflect? What are the two main topics addressed in
apocalyptic literature? Is it a form of prophecy, wisdom literature,
or something else altogether? Explain why scholars have argued different
sides of this issue.
What is the apparent genre of the Song of Songs?
Suggest and critique several possibilities for its original sitz
im leben. How has it been generally interpreted in Rabbinic and
Christian tradition? Are those interpretations appropriate and why?
Analyze the plot of the story of Ruth. What are the main issues
in light of levirate law and Ruth's vow. How are they resolved? How does
it fit into the ethnic controversy in the time of Ezra? Why is it in the