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    As modern society begins to polarize away from traditional Christian views, the fears that Christianity distilled into humanity have begun to take a new form. In the past, the apocalypse has been seen as an end to the world as we know. An event that would save those who followed God’s word while condemning those who failed in this task. However, popular culture has appropriated a new interpretation of this Christian event. We will attempt to define the how the apocalypse has been…

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    The Pentateuch Analysis

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    Introduction The Pentateuch consists of the first five books of the bible and was written in the 15th century BC by Moses in the wilderness of Sinai. The word Genesis in Hebrew is Bereshith, translating to ‘in the beginning’. The book of Genesis was written as a narrative to record the history of the beginning. These books were written for Abraham 's descendants so that they would know why they were going to the Promised Land. The people needed to know where they and the world came from, how…

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    The three key crisis of Israel that the prophetic literature reacts to are the Assyrian, Babylonia, and the Restoration Crisis. The Assyrian Crisis: The fall of the Northern Kingdom. This era consisted of the following factors that involve Assyria’s expansion into the region of Israel and Judah. This increase led to a complex series of alliances between the various kingdoms involved, as well as fighting-Syria Ephraimitic war. The war was Assyria attempts to expand, Syria and Israel allies for…

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    Noah Film Analysis

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    The film, Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Ari Handel was released recently in March 2014 and is based on the biblical event of Noah’s ark. Several historical books contain the story of Noah and early civilizations have flood stories recorded at around the same time period. It is hard to pin down what actually happened in the flood account because it happened in a very early time period and there are several different versions of the story. The film portrays the story of Noah in a…

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    Genres and Figures of Speech Overwhelming for many, the Bible presents challenges as one begins to read it. Written by multiple authors, and inspired by God, it displays a variety of genres and figures of speech sprinkled throughout for the reader to experience. Becoming familiar with several of the different genres and figures of speech within the Bible, a person’s understanding of it will increase. Genres Apodictic Law One of two major types of legal material present in the Old Testament,…

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    Though the discovery of a westward route to Asia had not been achieved, European explorers made the sagacious decision to capitalize on their alternative findings – the North and South American continents. Settlements within these wilderness lands offered plenty of commercial and political benefits which would eventually have historical ramifications on the world order. Investment into colonization would therefore allow participating European polities to expand their economies and remain…

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    What do you think of when you hear that someone is an individual of good character? Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines character as, “one of the attributes that make up and distinguish an individual.” The word character was first used in 14th century Latin, meaning distinctive quality. I say character is defined how a person reacts when their back is against the wall. I say this because, it is only then when you have two options, either to stand and fight or lay down and die, is your…

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    My Life Next Door Analysis

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    story. They are ways to start over, or escape the reality that is ours. Stories bring readers’ hopes and tales to life, which are dreams put onto paper. The greatest of books contain a few characteristics that create this desired escape. Multiple qualities make up a good book, but a great book contains moments of romance. The book My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick…

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    along with it. Founding stories are tales of how things came to be, they can be extravagant, tragic and even mythical in nature. Two well-known stories which are often paired together due to their similar nature are the tales of Cain and Abel from the book of Genesis and Livy’s Romulus and Remus. The resolutions in these stories had outcomes which established ideologies on sacrificial violence and transformed the tales into founding stories. However, they are two very different kinds of founding…

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    The book of Nehemiah was authored by Ezra between 445 and 420 B.C. It records the events of the Jews returning to Jerusalem and rebuilding the wall that once stood strong and protected them from their enemies. Nehemiah started out as the king of Persia’s cup bearer and was eventually commissioned as a governor. Before entering into the leadership of Nehemiah the Jewish people had been exiled for over seventy years, Jerusalem had been completely destroyed, and the temple had been burned in 586 B…

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