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Explain why the biblical author(s)/editor(s) of 1-2 Samuel include the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah in 2 Samuel 11, and what message is it meant to convey to?

Write a 1000-word double-spaced paper on the Hebrew Bible using one of the
following prompts below. The paper must be 12 point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins,
and use either MLA or Chicago style format for citations and formatting, please only use the biblical texts as sources.
Prompt:
Explain why the biblical author(s)/editor(s) of 1-2 Samuel include the story of
David, Bathsheba, and Uriah in 2 Samuel 11, and what message is it meant to convey to
the original audience and/or a contemporary audience today?

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How convincing did you find Merkle’s argument regarding the lists of qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1?

In addition to Towner’s commentary on 1 Timothy 3:1–7, read Merkle, Benjamin L. “Are the Qualifications for Elders or Overseers Negotiable?” Answer these questions considering your reading.
How convincing did you find Merkle’s argument regarding the lists of qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1?
In your view, might the qualifications for elders or overseers be negotiable depending on the context of one’s ministry and/or culture?

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How does each Gospel portray Jesus differently?

A summary of the four Gospels (25%) with a focus on the characterization of Jesus. How does each
Gospel portray Jesus differently? Length: between 1,500 and 2,000 words (single space, Times New
Roman, font 12 size). Will need citation and
bibliography.
Our professor didn’t give us a minimum or maximum number of references to use….I have supplied the references that he gave us. Also please feel free to use any that you may want to use.

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How God and Jesus in the bible would have a hard time being accepted in the world today?

Write a 55-60 page thesis with a bibliography and abstract.
This paper should be written focusing on How God and Jesus in the bible would have a hard time being accepted in the world today. Write from a very conservative Church of Christ preacher perspective. This means. God of the bible does not and has not changed. God of the bible rejects abortion, same-sex marriage, divorce, and remarriage except for adultery and common law marriage. The God of the Bible is not about Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The God of the Bible is about pursuing obedience to his world no matter how much it goes against our modern beliefs. Most today consider the above sexist, unloving, unkind, and chauvinist. The paper must draw the contrast that God in the bible would be rejected according to what appears to be common sense inclusive laws we see our nation passing today. This is all because of the idea that God is not the God of the Bible as he identified himself. We have made God be who we want him to be verse who he said he was. The paper must stand on in order to make heaven our home. It will likely require us being rejected by the world or not be afraid to be labeled as hard-line unloving bible believers.

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The responses cannot be a simple “you did a good job, etc.”

I assigned another prof a discussion post late yesterday evening. He wrote the post and responded to the question, but the feedback from another classmate leads me to believe he did not do the reading. I need a sort of revision or simply a response to defend the arguments made in my post. I also need 3 replies to other students’ posts that consist of 50 words or at least 3 complete sentences. The responses cannot be a simple “you did a good job, etc.” I need this by 11:30PM today at the latest.
I have attached the documents you will need to complete the project.

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Discuss the question prompts above.

ead the primary sources #66 “Church and State in the Sovereign Republics of Spanish America” p 154-159, in Penyak and Petry’s A Documentary History PART IX, CHURCH AND STATE IN THE NEW AMERICAS (see PDF).
How does the congress of the sovereign republic of Colombia deal with the traditional right of the patronato real (royal patronage) by which the Spanish Crown had appointed all the archbishops and bishops of the colony? What was the position of the church in the new republic under this legislation?
Why may the oath required of all Venezuelan bishops appointed by the pope after 1841 be considered a “moderate” solution to the state-church problem, that problem in this case being which institution, church or state, was superior and answerable only to God?
Similarly, article 10 of the Chilean constitution of 1925 may be considered a “moderate” solution to problems growing out of the traditional prerogatives of the Church in Spanish America. Why? What prerogatives of the church are recognized, denied, or modified?
The 1914 Carranza and Villa accord and the Villa telegraph are clear examples of this hostility toward the Mexican Catholic Church. How do the principles listed in the 1925 circular of the “National Catholic” Church of Mexico illustrate the depth of the revolutionaries’ disdain for the historic “Roman Catholic” Church in Mexico? How do the provisions of articles 24 and 27 of the 1917 Mexican Constitution (an aggressively updated version of La Reforma of the nineteenth century) respond to the historic position that the Catholic Church held in New Spain?
Give a summary of the content: who? what? when? where? (20%)
Give your critical (and personal) reaction to the content (20%).
Discuss the question prompts above. Back up your observations with examples (20%).
Do not forget to proof read your post for grammar, punctuation and verb agreement. Use the spell checker!
Please do not forget to leave 3 replies totaling at least 50 words or 3 complete sentences to several other student’s posts for 20% of the credit for the assignment.

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Give a summary of the content: who?

ead the primary sources #66 “Church and State in the Sovereign Republics of Spanish America” p 154-159, in Penyak and Petry’s A Documentary History PART IX, CHURCH AND STATE IN THE NEW AMERICAS (see PDF).
How does the congress of the sovereign republic of Colombia deal with the traditional right of the patronato real (royal patronage) by which the Spanish Crown had appointed all the archbishops and bishops of the colony? What was the position of the church in the new republic under this legislation?
Why may the oath required of all Venezuelan bishops appointed by the pope after 1841 be considered a “moderate” solution to the state-church problem, that problem in this case being which institution, church or state, was superior and answerable only to God?
Similarly, article 10 of the Chilean constitution of 1925 may be considered a “moderate” solution to problems growing out of the traditional prerogatives of the Church in Spanish America. Why? What prerogatives of the church are recognized, denied, or modified?
The 1914 Carranza and Villa accord and the Villa telegraph are clear examples of this hostility toward the Mexican Catholic Church. How do the principles listed in the 1925 circular of the “National Catholic” Church of Mexico illustrate the depth of the revolutionaries’ disdain for the historic “Roman Catholic” Church in Mexico? How do the provisions of articles 24 and 27 of the 1917 Mexican Constitution (an aggressively updated version of La Reforma of the nineteenth century) respond to the historic position that the Catholic Church held in New Spain?
Give a summary of the content: who? what? when? where? (20%)
Give your critical (and personal) reaction to the content (20%).
Discuss the question prompts above. Back up your observations with examples (20%).
Do not forget to proof read your post for grammar, punctuation and verb agreement. Use the spell checker!
Please do not forget to leave 3 replies totaling at least 50 words or 3 complete sentences to several other student’s posts for 20% of the credit for the assignment.

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Are these letters applicable to us?

Respond to each classmate statement with at least 112 words:
Classmate 1)
Professor and class,
Apocalyptic Literature
“Apocalypse” came from the Greek word apokalypsis, which means “revealed” (White). Two examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible would be the books of Daniel and Revelation (Robinson; White). Apocalyptic reasoning has been considered “the child of prophecy in a new idiom.” This type of prophetic literature has been referred to as “a product of hope and despair; hope in the eternal power of God and despair over the present evil conditions of the world” (White). For Christians, these are predictions to come where evil will finally be dealt with and perfect peace will be restored, which has not been seen since before humanity sinned in the Garden of Eden.
If a prophet speaks a prophesy that does not come true, that prophesy is a false prophesy; therefore, making that prophet a false prophet. Deuteronomy 18:22 points out that false prophets and their prophesies should not be feared. With that in mind, if a prophesy in apocalyptic literature is ever proven false, then that prophesy and every prophesy from that source should not be feared.
The Epistles
Are these letters applicable to us? For Christians, yes. For non-Christians, it depends on the individual reading them. For someone that does not know God and is seeking Him, yes. Other than that, probably not. Were they meant just for their intended recipients? For Christians, no. For non-Christians, most likely yes. How can we determine this? From a Christian perspective, 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (The Bible). Christians believe that every book in the Bible is the Word of God; therefore, everything in the scriptures was written for them. Christians believe that when they read the Bible, God speaks to them. From a non-Christian perspective, this is harder to answer. I would assume that those without faith and belief in the Word, will have a different and/or opposite view of it than those that do.
Blessings,
-Jake
Works Cited
Robinson, B.A. “Apocalyptic Writings in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.” Religious Tolerance, 2009, www.religioustolerance.org/chr_ntb5a.htm. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
The Bible. King James Version. Bible Gateway, www.biblegateway.com. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
White, L. Michael. “Apocalyptic Literature in Judaism & Early Christianity.” Frontline, 2014, www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/apocalypse/primary/white.html. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
Classmate 2)
Hey everyone. I hope you are all having a great week.
Apocalyptic Literature
There are two apocalyptic books in the Bible; Daniel in the Old Testament, and Revelations in the New Testament. The Greek meaning for the word apocalypse means revealed which gives insight into the type of characteristics that may be contained in the writings. Apocalyptic literature developed from prophetic traditions became popular after the birth of Jesus. Prophetic and apocalyptic literature are often the product of a difficult time. Apocalyptic literature provides hope for the future through God’s promises. It contains elements that often include: “rewritten history, a deterministic view of the world, strong moral dualism, predictions of supernatural intervention, guided tours of heaven, and divine deliverance after the shaking of the earth’s foundations” (Kaminsky).
Letters of the New Testament
Most of the New Testament text is in the form of actual letters while a few are in letter format but are actually essays/dissertations. Out of the 21 letters in the New Testament, 13 are claimed to be written by Paul with speculation that some may have been written by his disciples. While in captivity, it was important to Paul to write to the churches he helped found. These letters are known as the “Captivity Epistles”. Additionally, some of Paul’s letters were written to church leaders. These books are known as the “Pastoral Epistles”. I believe Paul’s letters are still applicable today. Although the letters were addressed to specific audiences, Paul intended for his letters to be used for encouragement and sharing throughout church communities. I feel that they are still serving the intended purpose, as the lessons are still applicable today.
Thanks for reading
Teri
Works Cited
Kaminsky, Joel S., et al. The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible?: Understanding Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Abingdon Press, 2014. EBSCOhost, https://search-ebscohost-com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=nlebk&AN=857246&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

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How can we determine this?

Respond to each classmate statement with at least 112 words:
Classmate 1)
Professor and class,
Apocalyptic Literature
“Apocalypse” came from the Greek word apokalypsis, which means “revealed” (White). Two examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible would be the books of Daniel and Revelation (Robinson; White). Apocalyptic reasoning has been considered “the child of prophecy in a new idiom.” This type of prophetic literature has been referred to as “a product of hope and despair; hope in the eternal power of God and despair over the present evil conditions of the world” (White). For Christians, these are predictions to come where evil will finally be dealt with and perfect peace will be restored, which has not been seen since before humanity sinned in the Garden of Eden.
If a prophet speaks a prophesy that does not come true, that prophesy is a false prophesy; therefore, making that prophet a false prophet. Deuteronomy 18:22 points out that false prophets and their prophesies should not be feared. With that in mind, if a prophesy in apocalyptic literature is ever proven false, then that prophesy and every prophesy from that source should not be feared.
The Epistles
Are these letters applicable to us? For Christians, yes. For non-Christians, it depends on the individual reading them. For someone that does not know God and is seeking Him, yes. Other than that, probably not. Were they meant just for their intended recipients? For Christians, no. For non-Christians, most likely yes. How can we determine this? From a Christian perspective, 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (The Bible). Christians believe that every book in the Bible is the Word of God; therefore, everything in the scriptures was written for them. Christians believe that when they read the Bible, God speaks to them. From a non-Christian perspective, this is harder to answer. I would assume that those without faith and belief in the Word, will have a different and/or opposite view of it than those that do.
Blessings,
-Jake
Works Cited
Robinson, B.A. “Apocalyptic Writings in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.” Religious Tolerance, 2009, www.religioustolerance.org/chr_ntb5a.htm. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
The Bible. King James Version. Bible Gateway, www.biblegateway.com. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
White, L. Michael. “Apocalyptic Literature in Judaism & Early Christianity.” Frontline, 2014, www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/apocalypse/primary/white.html. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
Classmate 2)
Hey everyone. I hope you are all having a great week.
Apocalyptic Literature
There are two apocalyptic books in the Bible; Daniel in the Old Testament, and Revelations in the New Testament. The Greek meaning for the word apocalypse means revealed which gives insight into the type of characteristics that may be contained in the writings. Apocalyptic literature developed from prophetic traditions became popular after the birth of Jesus. Prophetic and apocalyptic literature are often the product of a difficult time. Apocalyptic literature provides hope for the future through God’s promises. It contains elements that often include: “rewritten history, a deterministic view of the world, strong moral dualism, predictions of supernatural intervention, guided tours of heaven, and divine deliverance after the shaking of the earth’s foundations” (Kaminsky).
Letters of the New Testament
Most of the New Testament text is in the form of actual letters while a few are in letter format but are actually essays/dissertations. Out of the 21 letters in the New Testament, 13 are claimed to be written by Paul with speculation that some may have been written by his disciples. While in captivity, it was important to Paul to write to the churches he helped found. These letters are known as the “Captivity Epistles”. Additionally, some of Paul’s letters were written to church leaders. These books are known as the “Pastoral Epistles”. I believe Paul’s letters are still applicable today. Although the letters were addressed to specific audiences, Paul intended for his letters to be used for encouragement and sharing throughout church communities. I feel that they are still serving the intended purpose, as the lessons are still applicable today.
Thanks for reading
Teri
Works Cited
Kaminsky, Joel S., et al. The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible?: Understanding Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Abingdon Press, 2014. EBSCOhost, https://search-ebscohost-com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=nlebk&AN=857246&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

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Describe why Abraham, David, and the Babylonian Exile are significant for the Old Testament as ancestors/events of Jesus Christ (Mt 1:1-17)?

Directions: Type and Submit All Your Answers in One Document (preferably as a PDF) to Dropbox File
Request by Tuesday, October 18 by 11:59pm. If it is not handed in, it will be considered late, which results in at
least a 10% decrease in your points.
Important Policy Regarding Take Home Exam: You should only be consulting yourself, your notes, your
reading, and your knowledge for completing this exam. You should not be doing this exam with your fellow
students or with other sources than what you would normally have access to for an open book in class exam.
Question 1: What does “covenant” mean in the Old Testament as we discussed in class? What are the four
covenants and the parts of the four covenants of the Old Testament that we have discussed in our course?
Why is covenant a central theme of the old testament? &2 points)
Adam
Eve,
Abraham, David moses,
Question 2: Choose one biblical period in the Old Testament and describe the major characters, events, and
ideas as we have discussed it in the course. Please also explain how it fits in to the wider chronology of early
Judaism as we have studied it in this course. (1 points)
Question 3: Describe why Abraham, David, and the Babylonian Exile are significant for the Old Testament as
ancestors/events of Jesus Christ (Mt 1:1-17)? (1 point)
Question 4a: Describe the name of God and its significance for theology in the Old Testament? Use the
appropriate Bible passage to help you. (1 point) Or Question 4b: For the Old Testament, what is meant by the
faith (as intellectual assent, relational trust, and seeing as God sees)? Use a story in the Bible to help you. (1
point)
Question 5: Choose a Psalm and interpret it in light of what you have learned about early Judaism’s view
about faith. (1 point)
Part 2: Themes and Meanings of the Old Testament
Directions: Answer the question below with a 800 – 1200 word essay using at least three biblical passages
and class discussions to help you. You may go over the word limit.
Begin your answer with a clear, concise thesis statement answering the chosen question. Give adequate or
exemplary support for the thesis statement from relevant biblical passages and class discussion. Close your
answer with a clear, concise restatement of your thesis.
Question 6: In our course we have been studying the Bible using drama and the stage to help us understand it
as a unified narrative and worldview. Describe the themes and meanings of the parts of the biblical drama we
have discussed so far in class as you answer this question: What are the major themes and meanings of the
setting of the scene, the inciting incident, and the rising action for the biblical drama? (4 points)