In the poem “Treblinka Gas Chamber”, by Phyllis Webb and in the TRC’s “The History”, both texts share a common theme of inhumane treatment towards children within certain cultural and ethnical groups. While the two authors explore distinct historical contexts, both texts are centred on racial segregation with nationalistic motives.
David Koresh Teaching followers. Koresh preached he was the Messiah and that if his followers obeyed his words, they would enter with him into the kingdom of heaven.
Isaiah 39 is a narrative where Hezekiah trusts Babylon rather than God. This is an interesting chapter because it immediately follows a prayer by the king where he gives thanks to God for healing him of his illness and he recognizes that his sin was a divine punishment that required repentance (Chisholm 91). This contrast stands out to the reader because chapter 39 is an example of Hezekiah’s failure to trust God. Our text is even as bold to say that his actions were “evidence of his pride and self-sufficient attitude” (p. 92).
History is simply the passing of information over time; and sadly, as time goes on and more civilizations trample over history what really happen and who really contributed to what becomes muddy. Some civilizations likes the Romans have a clear cut influence throughout history as the first major empire and great society of the Western World. Its own influences can be felt even today as historians continue to compare America to the late empire. Yet, to fully understand Western Civilization as it is today, one must first look at one, very important people in history: the Hebrews, and their legacy. Although the Mesopotamians created the first language and law, and Phoenicians designed the cornerstone for all Greek and Roman words, it was the Hebrews that set the stage for Western Civilization in the future. As discussed in the call power lecture, the Hebrews’ endowment to the west was their spirituality, and a more defined way of life. Being the first Civilization to become Monotheistic, “[and] because of the supposed covenant between Yahweh (god) and the Israelites, law became an important part of Jewish life.” (Spielvogel, p. 37). This idea of God being connected to
Historians will say that America was not intended to be a Christian nation, but rather a secular nation. However, on much of our national currency, with our founding fathers portraits on them, you can find the phrase “In God We Trust.” So if America was intended to be a secular nation why would we put a saying that refers to God on our national currency? The history behind the phrase “In God we trust,” being printed on our national currency is that President Eisenhower signed that the national motto of the United States would be “In God we trust.” So if the national motto refers to a God, does that make America a religious or Christian nation? And if America is not a Christian nation, how can the Christians in this nation follow Jesus?
As correlated with the 23rd Psalm, David also showed his good and difficult experience when he wrote the 27th Psalm. Through this Psalm, David has presented a number of literary devices; such as use of questions, metaphor, imagery and symbolism. Verse one starts “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Here, David put forward two similar questions which relates to the statements presented before them. He asked “whom shall I fear? and Whom shall I be afraid?” David emphasizes those questions because with God on his side, he’s fearless and courageous; he’s afraid of nothing and no one. The Lord is his light and salvation. Light and salvation are used as a metaphor for God. Here, David says the Lord is light and He is salvation which means He guides and provides deliverance. God will guide you with His word and he will answer all your tribulations. God also adds joy to people’s lives. “The LORD is the stronghold of my life,” He provides with a source of strength to overcome difficult times in your life. Furthermore, He will show you the right path to take when you’re facing troubles in your life. God will always be there to protect you therefore, you should not be afraid. God will be there to deliver you from all threatening occurrences in your life. David proceeds with “When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.” In the first part
The book The Chrysalids is a unique book with suspense, mystery, and different ways of how people view life. With every good book comes a catchy title like “The Chrysalids” but, what does the title mean? How does it relate to the story being told? Personally, I don’t know the meaning of chrysalids although it’s a very interesting word and so simple so it must have some meaning to the book. The book has a very unique storyline with an intriguing title, but what is the true meaning behind the title?
Throughout the existence of the Jewish faith, Hebrews/Jews have experienced many obstacles, which they have all overcome. Persecution and perseverance are two themes that occur throughout the history of the religion.These two themes play a role in the importance of history to Jewish people, show similarities to other races and religions, draw opinions and emotions of people and uncover a clear moral message within their faith. The story of Abraham and the covenant can be connected to all of the concepts I just identified. This story is where the Jewish faith first began. God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his home in Mesopotamia and take him and his family to the land of Canaan. Abraham followed God’s wishes and moved to Canaan in 1800 BCE. Abraham's descendants the Hebrews, lived in Canaan but struggled due to
David did not merely serve his own generation; he did so by the will of God. This means he demonstrated the characters of God as expressed in Ps 145:8-9.
Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, and pain without fear, according to a dictionary definition. Everyday many people try to have courage and everyday most of these people don’t. Having courage can be very difficult. The answer to that problem is simple. People should not think about what would happen if they act upon courage, but to think about what would not happen if they don’t. Also, Courage can come in several different forms.
The word beatitude comes from the Latin word beatus, meaning “happy, fortunate.” The blessings that God bestows on the repentant believer are in relation to the believer’s spiritual, ethical, moral and righteous life. That is not to say that the believer must earn the blessings; however, the blessings result from rightly living. The beatitudes are an extension of Jesus’ proclamation in Matthew 4:17 (NRSV), “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Jesus is telling His disciples that, not only are they to live righteous lives, but that all believers must live righteous lives as well. He speaks as One with authority; as Matthew noted in verse 23, Jesus taught in the synagogues. He was called Rabbi, Lord, Master, Teacher, and other names assigned to someone with authority. He spoke with a voice of authority that amazed crowds, even the curiosity seekers who were not believers. When He begins to deliver the Great Sermon, not only were the disciples listening, but also a multitude of followers within hearing distance.
The hope of the coming of an eschatological Davidic king is found in many second-Temple Jewish texts, some of which are composite and difficult to date. The Old Testament messianic expectation, however, undergoes some further development. First, this Davidic king is explicitly said to be without sin. Second, based on messianic interpretation of 2 Sam 7:14; Ps. 2:7, the Davidic messiah comes to be designated as the "son of God." Third, the reference to "the one like a son of man" in Dan 7 develops into a pre-existent Messiah in 1 Enoch and 4 Ezra.
Christianity explains salvation as redemption by God’s grace through faith from unrighteousness and sins to Cleanliness, also known as Salvation. The Bible explores salvation in different perspectives including reconciliation, redemption, ransom, forgiveness, and justification. Even though the Bible is a unitary book, the new and the old testaments present salvation in different aspects. However, the different aspects are complementary. In fact, the Old Testament presents many prophesies about salvation that was fulfilled in the New Testament (Kärkkäinen 87).
In the Old testament you see God making a lot of promises. During Biblical times these were called Covenants. A Covenant is an “Arrangement between two parties involving mutual obligations; especially the arrangement that established the relationship between God and his people, expressed in grace first with Israel and then with the church. Through that covenant God has conveyed to humanity the meaning of human life and salvation Covenant is one of the central themes of the Bible, where some covenants are between human beings, other between God and Human Beings.” (Bakers Encyclopedia). The entire old testament is full of covenants between God and man and each one God makes He fulfills.
The title of Exodus comes from the Hebrew word "Elle Sh'mot" meaning "these are the names" or the Greek word "exodos" that translates to "exit/departure" . Aptly named, as Exodus is all about the Israelites' deliverance and the beginning of the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham through the Israelites' journey to the promised land. The central theme in Exodus is salvation.