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THL 1000 Midterm: THL Outline 3


Department
Theology & Religious Studies
Course Code
THL 1000
Professor
Timothy Hanchin
Study Guide
Midterm

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THL 1000 Study Guide
Dr. Hanchin
Augustine, On Christian Teaching:
Terms and Definitions:
Augustine- (354-430) Saint Augustine was born in what is modern day Algeria on the northern
coast Africa. His parents saved money because he showed intellectual potential and they sent
him to school in Carthage. His studies led him to convert to Christianity and he became an
important theologian and philosopher whose writing helped influence Western Christianity. The
Confessions is one of his most famous works.
Hermeneutics- interpreting the bible and how to get the meaning of it the art or theory of
interpretation
The Love Commandment- The command to love God, and our neighbors also includes the
commandment to love ourselves, with all out heart, soul, and mind.
For Augustine, what is the most important key in interpreting Scripture?
Chapter one, Augustine says what is most important is that you apply the two fold love
commandment, approach it with openness and love so your interpretation isn’t negatively
influenced. If you misinterpret the text, that can be okay so long as it still broadens your
understanding of love.
Heschel, The Sabbath:
Terms and Definitions:
Abraham Heschel- (1907-1972) He was a philosopher/theologian of Jewish spirituality.
Heschel was involved in the civil rights movement and was good friends with MLK. The
Sabbath is his most famous work.
Sabbath- holy day of rest that we work towards during the week, not that we use to rest up for
the sake of working during the week. The practice emerges out of last day of creation in Genesis.
How does Heschel describe Judaism as a religion of the sanctification of time?
Heschel sights Genesis and the story of creation when God blessed the seventh day and made it
holy, making time the first thing he ever blessed. Furthermore, Heschel examines the need for us
to separate ourselves from physical things that have to do with faith so that we can appreciate
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