TENTATIVE MIDTERM II STUDY GUIDE
[Revised March 18, 2014 and March 15, 2016]

[Somehow, I got two classes behind with this material (Spring 2016).  I am combining the last two study questions (I and II Kings).  This means I'll end up using the same format for the 2nd MT I did for the first.  You will get one of the essay questions below, and 4 potential ID's from each of the remaining groups.]

POTENTIAL ID’s:

JOSHUA, (CALEB), EHUD, DEBORAH, GIDEON, JEPHTHAH, ABIMELECH, SAMSON
 
HANNAH, ELI, SAMUEL, SAUL, JONATHAN, PHILISTINES

DAVID, MICHAL, ABIGAIL,  JOAB, ABNER, ABSALOM, AMNON

SOLOMON, REHOBOAM, JEROBOAM, AHAB, JEZEBEL, ELIJAH, ELISHA


POTENTIAL ESSAYS:

A.    The books of Joshua and Judges gives us “heroes with warts”—and sometimes, “warts with heroes.”  Comment.

B.    I Samuel might rightly be considered one of the first great historical works.  It might also be viewed as a great prophetic work.  But, in some ways, I Samuel is best understood as a series of tragedies--or perhaps as parts of one great tragedy, the tragedy of the nation of Israel. Comment. (You might begin your discussion by those elements you think are key to history, prophetic works, and/or tragedy and then discuss the ways in which I Samuel meets or does not meet these criteria.)
 
C.    II Samuel might rightly be considered one of the first great historical works.  It might also be viewed as a great prophetic work.  But, in some ways, II Samuel is best understood as a series of tragedies--or perhaps as parts of one great tragedy, the tragedy of the nation of Israel. Comment. (You might begin your discussion by those elements you think are key to history, prophetic works, and/or tragedy and then discuss the ways in which II Samuel meets or does not meet these criteria.) 

D.    I and II Kings together might rightly be considered one of the first great historical works.  It might also be viewed a great prophetic works.  But, in some ways, the the book is best understood as a series of tragedies--or perhaps as part of one great tragedy, the tragedy of Israel and Judah. Comment. (You might begin your discussion by those elements you think are key to history, prophetic works, and/or tragedy and then discuss the ways in which I Kings meets or does not meet these criteria.) 


Chronological help

Joshua covers the period from the death of Moses [1400? 1350] to the death of Joshua himself [1350? 1300?]
Judges begins with Joshua's death (1350? 1300?) and concludes with events that took place around 1150 BC]
I Samuel begins with the birth of Samuel [1100 BC?] and finishes with the death of Saul [1020 BC?]
II Samuel begins with the struggle between David and Ishbosheth [1020 BC?] for power and concludes as David is just about to die [960?]
I Kings begins with David's death and Solomon's rise [960?] and concludes with  the death of Ahab [850 BC?]
II Kings begins with the last days of Elijah  [850 BC?], includes the destruction of Israel by the Assyrians [722 BC] and finishes with the Babylonian Captivity [c. 600 BC]

Because I and II Samuel were originially one book and I and II Kings were originially one book, you might find the breaks a bit awkward. 




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