One day, an old man named Shaul said to his grandson Simeon "It is time you learned the story of our people. I want to tell you about a tragic time for the Israelites, the time we spent in Egypt. Luckily for us we had a great man named Moses on our side. If it weren 't for Moses our people would still be enslaved by the pharaoh . "I was only a boy then, just about your age," Shaul started.
I also found very interesting the ten plagues sent by God upon Egypt when Pharaoh did not want to let the Israelis to leave. Pharaoh thought that by his high degree of hierarchy could disobey God. He paid his disobedience with the death of his firstborn child. Obviously, Pharaoh did not know that when God says something is better to obey, otherwise we will pay the consequences. As the scripture tell us, “We must obey God” (Acts 5:29).
Before we can learn from an amazing man, we first need to know where he came from. According to the book Exodus, Moses was born around 1391 BC. During this time; Hebrew’s were slaves for the Egyptians for 400 years, but the population was rising at high levels. An order by the Egyptian Pharaoh, said that all newborn Hebrew males had to be drowned in the Nile River so that no one could grow up and fight against him. As just a newborn, Moses’s life was not going to be easy one.
In The Ten Commandments, the Middle East, represented as Egypt, is depicted as literally ancient, because the story takes place in roughly 1300 to 1200 B.C.E. It is a dusty dry desert inhabited by Hebrews and Egyptians, as well as camels and it is portrayed through stereotypical shots of the pyramids, sphinxes, and other Egyptian monuments, many of which were still being constructed, thus dating Egypt as ancient. The fact that slavery was still prevalent in Egypt also presented the region as archaic and backwards. It is also presented as a place of false religion and mysticism.
Reflection Paper #5 In the sixth chapter of his book, Delores Williams talks about the three areas in which womanist theology can dialogue with black liberation theology, namely theological method, certain areas of Christian doctrine, and ethics. What Williams really does throughout the chapter is that she first explains the point of view of some black liberation theologians, such as James Cone, James Deotis Roberts and Cecil Cone, regarding certain subjects; then she uses a womanist approach to contrast such views.
Jesus’ parable of the Wicked Tenants is the most significant, discussed, complicated, and debated parable in the Bible. For several people, the parable makes them uncomfortable because it reveals too much about the view of Jesus. This parable is about a landowner who leases his vineyard to tenants, but when he sends servants and finally his own beloved son to get the fruit from his vineyard, the tenants beat and kill them. Jesus ends the parable with talking about the rejected cornerstone and how the kingdom of God will be taken away and given to others. It seems simple and straightforward.
Rabbi Uziel gets his answer from the mishna and brings in 2 rabbis, Rav and Shmuel. The mishna says “The father...begins with words of ignominy and concludes with words of praise” in other words this means we go from the disgrace and end with the glory. We do this because it’s the easiest way to get to the climax, first start with the bad, so that you can appreciate the good even more. That’s why you start with Shmuel first because it’s easier to relate to the physicality, then spirituality because it’s easier for everyone to understand, even the little kids. What was considered the disgrace and glory?
This research paper will examine the pericope, the Samaritan Woman, in the Gospel of John as found in John 4:1-42. The different areas of the pericope, which would be expounded on, are historical context, literary context, relationship with the synoptic parallels, major points in the pericope and its modern application. The historical context of John’s narration of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman is important because it creates the backdrop and framework upon which this incident took place. Knowledge of this will provide greater understanding when reading this passage.
In Ezekiel 1-3 God is once again demanding someone, Ezekiel, to follow His every command against those who have been rebellious. I found it interesting that Ezekiel sat in Israel, watching and listening, overwhelmed for a total of seven days. This is a recurring amount of time that pops up occasionally, beginning in Genesis. Just as He did with the Egyptian Pharaoh and Moses, God sent Ezekiel to the Israelites knowing that he could not change their ways or their minds, perhaps even preventing it. However, he is still told that he must warn these people of their timely death or it will be on his conscious.