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RS 110- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 83 pages long!)


Department
Religious Studies
Course Code
RS110
Professor
Peter Frick
Study Guide
Midterm

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RS 110
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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JUDAISM
MODULE 0
Introductions & Common Religious Assumptions Between Islam, Judaism, Christianity
Monotheism
Belief that there is one god, starting point in the religion. Existence of god does
not need to be proved
Transcendence: There is no being above god, ‘own category’
Theistic: God is the creator, god makes everything- everything must exist has a
cause except for god, God created & continuously cares for the wellbeing he
created
Deistic: God created but doesn’t care for the well being anymore- not
present- NOT an assumption
Pantheism: God is everywhere and in everyone of us
Polytheism: Belief in many gods, all have different functions- NOT an
assumption
Henotheism: Belief that there are many gods, but there is one highest god
(ex. zeus)
Existence-Essence: All creatures below category of god cannot know anything
about god.
No mind, or deeply we feel, we cannot know the essence of god
Cannot say if god is male or female, bc god is beyond the essence.
Revelation
Logically follows transcendence
○ Divine self disclosure
- god is the one who must initiate revelation bc we as
humans cannot attain to the knowledge of god
God discloses himself, act of god
Knowledge come to us only if god initiates
Epistemology:
Study of knowledge
Bc of limits of human mind- it requires god to reveal himself, initiates
process of revelation
Scripture
Writings known as holy scriptures
Significance: Very clear limits, so religion can be passed on, all scriptures have a
divine origin- come from god.
Canons of writings
Have theological- ethical authority: not another book that has this or truth
recorded in this book
Basis of daily life
Interpretations are important
Issue of hermeneutics
Translation
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Attempt of someone who reads scripture
Commonly agreed norms of interpretation
Misinterpretation of what the holy scripture is saying
By what authority decides what a holy text says??
MODULE 1: ORIGIN, BIBLICAL JUDAISM
The Hebrew Bible
Scripture
Judaism is a way of the Torah
Early period of judaism is the hebrew bible (aka old testament) and aka
tanakh
Torah: Law, reference to the first 5 books
Nevi'im: Prophets
Ketuvim: Writings
There are 24 Books
The one printed in 1931: Very artistically written
Written from right to left
In the torah, refer to the first 5 books in the hebrew bible, beginning of torah & history:
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Prophets
Joshua
Judges
Samuel
Kings
Have info about the history of prophets
Prophets are:
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Minor prophets:
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
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