Rlgn 325 final exam inductive bible study


RLGN 325 Final Exam Inductive Bible Study

When the textbook describes the New Testament letters as occasional, what does this mean?

When the textbook describes the New Testament letters as situational what does this mean?

What is the basic structure of a New Testament letter?

When reading the New Testament letters, keep in mind that reading contextually means that one must learn to think in paragraphs.

Which books of the New Testament are letters and which are not

Do the Gospels always report the life of Christ through a chronological sequence of events, or are they sometimes arranged topically?

What is meant by describing the gospels as Christological biography?

What are the various literary devices that are typical of the Gospels.

Understand the role of the gospel “evangelist,” or author, as one who selectively arranged and adapted his narrative in order to communicate theological truths and concepts.

Narrative Irony-

Rhetorical Questions


Parables –

What is the central interpretive question pertaining to the book of Acts?

The book of Acts is organized around which key verse?

Based upon the narrative of Acts, are the descriptions of the early church best applied as normative, or are they better applied as merely descriptive?

The genre of Revelation includes elements of epistle (letter), prophecy, and apocalypse.

What are the four approaches to Revelation described by the textbook?

When the authors of the textbook urge readers to take everything in the book of Revelation “seriously but not always literally,” what is the point they are trying to make?

Understand the relationship between history and theology in the Old Testament narratives. Was the intention of the authors to report history, emphasize theological motifs, or combine the two?

What are the various literary features typical of Old
Testament narrative literature.

How do the characters from Old Testament narratives function as role models for believers today? When reading narrative, what points of caution should readers remember before too quickly applying what they read from the life of a narrative character?

The traditional approach to interpreting the law has been to distinguish among various kinds of laws, including moral, civil, and ceremonial laws.

Old Testament law is contained within the Pentateuch, but that the Pentateuch itself contains a mixture of narrative and legal literature. The law includes morethan just the Ten Commandments; it actually includes 613 laws found in the Pentateuch.

Is the Old Testament law binding upon Christians today? If so, then how should Christians follow laws that are forbidden by modern society (such as sacrificing animals) or that are simply not possible (tabernacle worship)? If not, then how does the law function as God’s Word to Christians today?

Be able to distinguish between poetic and non-poetic books of the Old Testament.

What is the dominate structural characteristic of Hebrew poetry?

Be able to list and define the various kinds of figures of speech surveyed in the textbook.

Which books of the Old Testament comprise the major prophets and the minor prophets (according to the categorization of the Old Testament in English Bibles).

Do the Old Testament prophets deal primarily with events that pertained to their immediate future (and for us is now history), or to that which still remains in our future today?

The prophetic books are comprised of a mixture of literary genres, including significant portions of both narrative and poetry.

That the prophetic books tend to be arranged in rather haphazard chronological order and that they rarely follow a logical progression between oracles. Know that historical-cultural context is very important in properly understanding the message of the prophetic books.

The Old Testament prophet’s primary role was not to act as prognosticator of future events, but to stand before the Lord, accusing and warning the people of the consequences of covenant violation.

Know which books from the Old Testament comprise the “wisdom books.”

The wisdom books tend to stress wisdom principles related to practical living, and that while they do sometimes deal with theological questions (e.g., why the righteous suffer), the tendency is nevertheless towards the practical, not the theological.

The wisdom literature tends to be poetic in nature, although narrative segments are found in the wisdom books of the Old Testament.