ENG458H1 Lecture Notes - John Milton

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No need for intro 1000 words jump right into discussion
Further reading + questions (list or incorporate into discussion) electronic copy
Exodus
Laws and taking them literally vs not
laws today: not everybody follows it to literal extent, likely same in pat
“jealous God” – emotional reference… writing naturally gies God human character (i.e.
Greek myths) not particular biblical notion of God
God not objective throughout Bible, different representations, has character and
personal characteristics
Introduced as God who acts; brought them out of Egypt, particular point in history/time
Law as having open-ended characteristic.. can never fit everything no matter how
specific it seems
Raising questions about purpose of law
Exodus likely written by different people and different times; God seems to forget what
he said to Moses, repeating… (ch19)
Accounting for discrepancies… even if others wrote it, must have known the past texts
Confused notion of God in 19 -> mysterious God -> 20 lists of laws
Mysterious God becoming clearer vs God beyond comprehension so just do what he
says
Laws help Israel understand who God is… although laws are odd and strange even
during the time
Problem of God = problem of definition/description
Law offers mechanism/framework of mediating understanding of God, indication of
things that may be important to God
Distinctive practices to help God remember God
Language for talking about God
Open-ended
Using law as starting point rather than ending point of thinking of self
Laws are never rigid/final, have to be reinterpreted and used, give something more
concrete
Mediation through Moses -> Aaron -> people
Bad speaker
Characters limited but show God can never be fully understood/God’s laws
Job
Evil poses particular problem for Xtian/Jew tradition -> how does God allow this
starting out as bet between God and Satan -> Job suffers -> redeemed in the end
demonstration of God’s power
fairytale beginning -> Job as perfect guy with perfect life…
length of book representing how long it takes to comprehend God = impossible to
comprehend his ways
superficial ending family dies -> gives sheep
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No need for intro 1000 words jump right into discussion. Further reading + questions (list or incorporate into discussion) electronic copy. Laws and taking them literally vs not laws today: not everybody follows it to literal extent, likely same in pat. Jealous god emotional reference writing naturally gies god human character (i. e. greek myths) not particular biblical notion of god. God not objective throughout bible, different representations, has character and personal characteristics. Introduced as god who acts; brought them out of egypt, particular point in history/time. Law as having open-ended characteristic can never fit everything no matter how specific it seems. Exodus likely written by different people and different times; god seems to forget what he said to moses, repeating (ch19) Accounting for discrepancies even if others wrote it, must have known the past texts. Confused notion of god in 19 -> mysterious god -> 20 lists of laws.

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