Hebrew Bible Spring 2004 Quiz #7 makeup 5/3/03Name:______________________

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 Bible?