The 1101 Spring 2004 Quiz #6 makeup
Respond to the following three essay questions.
This is due by noon on Monday, May 3. You
may send it to me by e-mail, deliver it to me personally before
the end of classes this week, or leave it for me with the department
secretary. If you leave it with the secretary, make sure it has
my name on it, as well as yours.
In John 3, Jesus has a conversation with a Jewish
leader named Nicodemus. Nicodemus is portrayed as completely
misunderstanding Jesus because he takes wrongly the meaning of
a Greek word. What is that word, and what does it mean? What is Jesus trying to tell Nicodemus, and how
is the Jewish leader misunderstanding him? Why is the language
spoken an issue in this passage? What sort of resolutions might
be suggested regarding the language problem.
What is Gnosticism and how does it relate to early Christianity?
How is the notion of 'salvation' in Gnosticism different from that
generally associated with 'catholic' Christianity? What is
the relationship between Gnosticism and the 1st Epistle of John?
Was Gnosticism more likely to be ascetic or antinomian (why?)?
Contrast adoptionism and docetism. Have we read any texts
that support either of these positions? If so, which ones? Did
any early Christians believe in both? Explain. How did 'catholic'
Christianity end up resolving the issues presented by these doctrines?