Pharisees and Sadducees

Objective: Examine the role of the Pharisees and Sadducees in the Gospel. Jesus encountered many people during His earthly ministry. Many of the multitudes came to Him out of desperation and a sense of hopelessness. While Jesus touched, healed and provided for those in need, many of the Jewish religious leaders of the day felt threatened by our Lord and sought to destroy Him. This assignment will help you to understand the nature of the opposition to Jesus as the Messiah and Mark’s observations during the unfolding of prophecy. -Read the article in “The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels” titled “Pharisees” on pp. 673-679. Also, read “Sadducees” on pp. 823-825. -In a one page (500 word), response, discuss the role the Pharisees and Sadducees played in the Gospel narratives. -In 250-300 words, discuss the issues that Jesus had with the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Genesis Religion Analysis

Read these three very short articles: 1.“5 Ways Being A Good Follower Makes You A Better Leader”  2.“Leadership Skills: Definitions and Examples” (ONLY read “top 6 leadership skills” section) 3.“How to Become a Leader” Watch this 2 minute TedTalk:  “How to Start a Movement.”   Write a “midrash” about one of the following people in the bible: Adam, Eve, Isaac, Joseph, Jacob, Esau, Sarah, Hagar or Abraham. 1. Answer the question: What is involved in their journey of being a good follower. 2. Answer the question: What TWO lessons did the character learn about being a follower? 3. Answer the question: What TWO lessons did the character learn about God? Use quotes from the short articles and TedTalk for the midrash to write the “Backstory” -the story behind the story.  Aside from the articles/TedTalk for the bibliography, if you refer to the Bible, also use the chapters/verses for the bibliography.

Moses and God

As you reflect on what you have learned about Moses this week, consider the promises God made to the Hebrews as a people. How might you apply what you’ve learned about God and God’s promises (covenants) to your own relationship with God? Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to: Describe the functions of God’s law as they shape people in covenant relationship with God. Examine the function and importance of God’s covenants in the Biblical texts. Resources Textbook: God with Us: An Introduction to the Old Testament Bible: A standard translation, as noted in the syllabus Website: International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Instructions Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade. Review Chapter 9 in your textbook, God with Us: An Introduction to the Old Testament. Review the following in a standard translation of the Bible as noted in the syllabus: Deuteronomy 34:10–13 and Exodus 19:1–25, 23:20–24:12 Read the reflection on Moses from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Write a paper addressing the following: Moses’ life (500 words) List and briefly describe observations from each of the 5 periods of Moses’ life as talked about in the article from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Explore Exodus 19:1-25 and explain the preparations that God instructed Moses to have the people engage in before God gives the 10 Commandments. Why do you think that these preparations were so necessary for the people? Do you believe that these preparations have any application for how God’s people prepared to engage God’s presence in worship today? Explain. What do you learn about God from Moses’ life? The Tabernacle (500 words) Explain the significance of the Tabernacle. Why was it placed in the middle of the camp of the Israelites? List the five types of sacrifice required from the Hebrews and discuss what these sacrifices suggest about God’s plan and expectations for Hebrew worship. See Chapter 9, pages 103–104 in your textbook. God’s covenants (1000 words) Summarize the promises God made to the Hebrews as a people through Moses (Exodus 19:1–8; Exodus 23:20 through 24:12). Describe the characteristics and function of ancient covenants as seen in these Exodus passages. Identify and describe the significance of at least three modern day covenants. For example, how is putting an “honesty statement” on your paper a form of covenant? Why is a down payment important in business transactions? As you think about the significance of a covenant, what insight do you gain about God and your relationship with God? Be sure to cite and reference your textbook where you quote or paraphrase the author’s thoughts. Cite scriptures you use in your paper. All citations should be formatted using correct APA format. Copy the questions into the body of your paper and answer the questions in well-written paragraphs. Your responses should demonstrate understanding (synthesis) of the material. Simple lists or sentence fragments are not acceptable. Whenever possible, apply the principles learned to life in the twenty-first century. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor using the Assignment submission page, by the end of the workshop.

Strengths and Limitations Journal

Objective: Identify your strengths and limitations in the provision of pastoral care                         Mindset: Understanding your strengths and limitations is critical in the provision of pastoral care                Instructions   The purpose of this assignment is for you to develop a greater self-awareness of your strengths and limitations as a caregiver. Write a 1-2 page journal entry reflecting on your self-perceived strengths and limitations in the provision of pastoral care. Explain how you will adapt, manage, or work through your self-perceived limitations.

James Cone Black Theology

1. Is Black theology limited by its context or pertinent to Christians everywhere? 2. Does Cone’s biblical hermeneutics stand up today in light of other liberation theologies—Native American, African, womanist? 3. Is Cone’s critique of American churches, black and white, relevant today?

Evolution of Christianity

This assignment is for a discussion board. No sources are needed. Can also be shorter than 275 words.  “Contrary to popular belief, cooperation—rather than competition—has shaped the religion of Christianity over time.”  Prove this statement to be correct using three historical examples from the Learning Unit.

Personal and Family Meaning of Religion

Give background information about your church.  Must use theories and content from the course.  What does the future look like?  Too many personal testimonies but I need more facts and figures. Original Instructions: 1.     Term Paper (25%). This is a research paper that requires FIVE other sources apart from the textbook. The paper must be at least TEN pages with the introduction, body, and conclusion clearly outlined. A table of contents is required.  The topic for this paper can be taken from any questions in this syllabus.  If students wish to do the paper on a topic not listed in this syllabus please make this suggestion to the professor.  Topic: How meaningful is a religion to you and your family?

Spirit Possessions in Malaysian Factories

Research paper with at least 4 academic references. The topic should cover religious and spiritual backgrounds for the causes behind spirit possession in Malaysian factories on women. Should be in MLA format. The book which is required for writing purposes – Sacred Realms: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion Second Edition by Richard Warms.