Genesis, Exodus, and the Historical Books Activity

Reading Assignment: Genesis 1-18, Exodus 1-20, Joshua 1-4, Judges 1-16: Kreeft, pp.107-128; Catechism, para 185-314. Writing Assignment: (100 points) Part I: Please answer the following questions using mainly the biblical readings. What does each of the biblical readings tell one about the nature of God? Using key examples from the biblical readings try to give a description of who this God is as described in Genesis and Exodus. Be very explicit as to what the texts say. What kind of power does he have? What sorts of things is he concerned with? (Be sure to quote the texts to support what you say.) How is this view of God developed in Judges and Joshua? What does it mean to have faith in this kind of God? How does the story of Abraham reflect this view of faith? What is sin and why is it a problem? Why is each sin an act of idolatry? Explain. Give three examples of idolatry from the texts. What do these texts tell one about God and the faith? (WARNING: Do not bring in things from the New Testament. We are not there yet.)