The Wisdom Literature into the Second Temple period

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Answer the following questions and be sure to reference and cite with page numbers from the attached book (reading material) All answers can be found in the attached reading. Outside sources are okay for additional research.

A Legacy of Israel: The Wisdom Literature

Read: Chapter 13 -The Old Testament Story

Prov. 1-9, 22-24; Job; Ecclesiastes; Psalms 1, 8, 22, 23, 32, 45, 51, 74,116, 117, 119, 139

1. How did the Egyptian “Instruction of Amenemopet” influence the Israelite book of Proverbs?

2. What is the role of Satan in Job 1 and 2?

3. Why is Ecclesiastes called skeptical wisdom?

4. What evidence suggests that the book of Psalms is a collection of songs produced over a long period of time?

5. What are the various ways readers might understand the designation Qoheleth?

The Time of Silence: Judah in Eclipse

Read: Chapter 14 -The Old Testament Story

Ruth, Esther, Daniel

6. Identify Ptolemies, the Seleucids, Antiochus the Great, and Antiochus Epiphanes.

7. What position concerning Jewish ethnicity does the book of Esther support?

8. Why do some interpreters view the book of Ruth as a response the marriage policies in Ezra and Nehemiah?

9. What were the viewpoints of the universalists and the particularists in post-Exilic Judaism? What conditions gave rise to these opposing views?

10. What are the two major divisions of the book of Daniel?

The Continuing Story

Read: Chapter 52 – The Old Testament Story (Go to the website (click on link in column to the left) and spend some time reviewing some of the documents found in the caves at the Dead Sea site. Read about the collection and learn why they are so important still today. )

Also Read: Dead Sea Scrolls

11. How were the Samaritans related to Judaism?

12. Why is the Dead Sea Scrolls set identified as an apocalyptic group?

13. Why is it not completely accurate to speak of the Apocrypha as extrabiblical literature?

14. Why does the Protestant Old Testament not include the books of the Apocrypha?

15. What do the Dead Sea Scrolls contribute to our knowledge of the Bible and first-century B.C.E. Judaism?

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