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The Pro-Kingship and Anti-Kingship Debate - The Pro-Kingship and Anti-Kingship Debate The pro-kingship and anti-kingship debate as discussed in 1 Samuel is about the request to Samuel from his people for a king. They feel a king is needed because Samuel's sons don't follow his example and are bad leaders. Samuel follows through with their request by asking God for a king. Samuel was hesitant to do so, but asked God anyway and He followed through with their request. In my opinion, the pro-kingship argument brings up some good points. A king can be a good thing to have especially in times of turmoil....   [tags: The Bible] 268 words
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The Use of the Bible in Private and Congregational Worship - The Use of the Bible in Private and Congregational Worship The Bible is a key element in all services in the Christian faith and used for various reasons in the church. The Bible is viewed by Christians as the book of God, and God’s word to be followed by faithful Christians to live their life with help and guidance to be as God would want. Christians keep God in their hearts with regular praying and private worship. In congregational worship, which is a group of people worshipping God together, helping each other to understand the way they ought to live their lives....   [tags: Bible Studies, Religion] 317 words
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Bible - If the Bible is indeed the Word of God, perfect and without error, then the issue is settled. Homosexuality is a sin and we must condemn it's practice. However, if the Bible is the writings of men who were only capable of seeing dimly, as if in a mirror, the way Paul described it, then we have a long way to go before we settle the question. John's teaching concerning the third person of the trinity, God's Holy Spirit, has that person leading us into truth, and not a book...even if that book is called "the Holy Bible." I maintain that the conservative doctrine that the Bible is the express Word of God, perfect and without error, is a heresy....   [tags: essays research papers] 370 words
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The Importance of the Bible to Christians - The Importance of the Bible to Christians The Bible is an important book to Christians, it is a declaration of their beliefs. It represents a holy book, and a source of authority. Christians believe God speaks to them through the Bible. The Bible is split into two sections, both these sections are equally important to Christians. The Old Testament is very important because, it show’s where Christianity originated from. Its root’s are in Judaism and Jewish history. The first 5 books are known as the Pentateuch or Torah and are believed to have been written by Moses....   [tags: Free Essays] 394 words
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Abortion - Bible is Pro-Choice - Bible is Pro-Choice Without any question, the Bible is overwhelminly pro-choice. Although the Hebrews were influenced by many of the laws of their Assyrian, Sumerian, and Babylonian neighbors, all of which forbade abortion, the Hebrew scriptures had no laws forbidding abortion, not a single one. This was chiefly because the Hebrews placed a higher value on women than did their neighbors. There are, however, some references to the termination of pregnancy. Exod. 21:22-25 says that if a pregnant woman has a miscarriage as a result of injuries she receives during a fight between two men, the penalty for the loss of the fetus is a fine; if the woman is killed, the penalty is "life for life."...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 401 words
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Discussing the Relevance of the Bible for Christians Today - Discussing the Relevance of the Bible for Christians Today All world religions have sacred scriptures. They all teach that the world and universe were created, and that the universe has a purpose. Humans also have a purpose, which is explained in the Bible. Modern historians, archaeologists and scientists have stated that texts of the Bible are historical documents. Many of the writers of the Bible have influenced the world and its teachings have been taught all around the world....   [tags: Free Essays] 403 words
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The Bible - The Bible The Bible, the word of God, provides all humankind with the knowledge and the faith they need to receive God's salvation and be regenerated by God's life. Reading the Bible also teaches us many things about God, Christianity, Jesus and His Word. In order to understand and appreciate the Bible and Bible Literature, it is important to know the historical context as well as many other factors. This paper will discuss the importance of reading the Bible and how to understand it and use what we read in the Bible and apply it to our everyday life....   [tags: Papers] 442 words
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Attributes of Humanity in the Bible - Attributes of Humanity in the Bible One attribute of Humanity that I saw in Genesis through Dueteronomy was the fearing of God. The fear of the Lord, according to the Bible, is a heartfelt reverence for the majesty of God and a loving awe of the grace of God. One who fears God has great thoughts about Him and knows Him and puts his trust in Him. One who fears God, first of all, knows God in all of the infinite splendor of God's being and the God who says, "I AM THAT I AM." Throughout the Scriptures, whenever we see a human encountering God, we see that this encounter always contains an element of fear....   [tags: Papers] 443 words
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Comparing The Holy Bible and Crime and Punishment - The Bible and Crime and Punishment Dosteovsky's novel Crime and Punishment depicts the Biblical account of Jesus' path to crucifixion burdened with a wooden cross through the character of Raskolnikov. After committing a cold-blooded murder he experiences mental anguish, and in a defeated state, confesses, and accepts the consequences of his crime. Although the novel begins by focusing on the crime itself, the majority of the book discusses Raskolnikov's struggle through denial and redemption after the murder has been committed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 445 words
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Brother Stories from the Holy Bible - When I was younger my brothers and I would fight over the attention and gratitude of my parents. From reading the Stories of brothers in the Bible I have discovered that brothers have been fighting ever since the beginning of time. Through the stories of Cain and Abel, and Jacob and Esau I have determined that Brothers stories are one of childhood ignorance and desire to obtain everything. Once adolescence has turned to adulthood, brothers seem to reform there ways toward each other due to the realization that you don’t need to have everything to obtain happiness....   [tags: Cain and Abel Jacob and Esau] 470 words
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Reasons Women are Evil in Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Bible - Reasons Women are Evil in Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Bible I found the discussion of how women are the more evil part of the two sexes very true. The story of Adam and Eve is an example of how women are the more evil part of the two sexes. Eve offered the forbidden fruit to Adam and therefore they got kicked out of Garden of Eden. Adam did not want to take the forbidden fruit but Eve was evil and more daring because there were two people to commit the sin. If Adam did not exist and Eve was by herself, she probably would not have taken the forbidden fruit....   [tags: Papers] 493 words
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Civil Disobedience and the Bible - Civil disobedience is a nonviolent opposition to a law through refusal to comply with it, on grounds of conscience. I understand why somebody might want to oppose the law. Somebody might have their own beliefs on what is right and wrong and they wouldn’t know when they're disobeying. But when you do know what you're doing, if you don’t obey a certain law set forth for you to follow, there most likely will be some kind of consequence for not following the law. You could go to jail, be put on restraint, have something taken away, etc....   [tags: Papers] 549 words
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A Miracle According to the Bible - A Miracle According to the Bible · The power of God. Jesus tells the paralysed man that his sins are forgiven something only God can do. Also the healing that has taken place is not just the physical healing but that of his relationship with God. · The power of faith in God. When the centurion's servant was healed it was vital that the centurion believed that Jesus was the son of God and so had the power to heal. Jesus' miracles helped people to have faith and to believe in the kingdom of God....   [tags: Papers] 554 words
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Film Essays - Comparison of the Movie, Life is Beautiful and the Bible - A Comparison of the Film, Life is Beautiful and the Bible Many elements of the film Life is Beautiful can compare to the Bible. For example, Guido, the main character, acts as a Christ figure in that he saves his son, Joshua from the evils of the Holocaust. Another example that compares with the Bible is the tank that is promised to Joshua. Finally, Guido’s death eventually saves Joshua from his own death. Such examples in the movie are comparable to examples in the Bible. In the film, Guido is a Christ figure to his son....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 582 words
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The City of Joppa Mentioned in the Bible - ... Biblically speaking, Joppa is referenced in Joshua 19:46 in the context of an inheritance for the tribe of Dan after the conquests of Israel. This port city most likely was not under Israelite control until the conquest of David. Solomon, David’s son, used the main port of Joppa for importing cedars from Lebanon to build the first temple, according to 2 Chronicles 2:15-16. Then 800 years later, this port was used again to import material for the rebuilding of the Temple according to Ezra 3:7....   [tags: tel aviv, israel, joppa] 589 words
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The Bible and Euthanasia - Euthanasia is a controversial issue in today's society. It is defined as the intentional ending of a life with the purpose of relieving pain or suffering. Many people believe that it is within a human's right to die a peaceful, dignified death with assistance. While others believe that euthanasia is an immoral act and that legalising the deliberate killing of humans will undermine the legal system in the UK. Currently in the UK, it is illegal for a doctor or another person to deliberately do something that causes the patient to die - e.g....   [tags: Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide] 603 words
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Wisdom According to the Bible - Wisdom According to the Bible What does it mean to have wisdom. Some may say to be wise is to have enough knowledge and good judgment to make well thought out life decisions. Wisdom is a common term mentioned throughout out the New Testament Epistles and the entire Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom and knowledge. It talks about ways to be wise and ways to be foolish. Through out the Bible there seems to be different types of wisdom and it is described in different ways. Analyzing all types of wisdom and knowledge will help us decide what the Bible means to be wise. First let us look at what the Old Testament has to say about wisdom....   [tags: Papers] 616 words
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The Nature and Consequence of Sin - In the beginning there was man and there was simplicity. With the ending of that simplicity came sin. Sin can be defined as a “transgression against God’s will” (Knight, 2009) and the first documented transgression against God was Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:6. (Tyndale, 2005) The short comings of Adam and Eve began a world wind of sin as discussed in Genesis chapters 3-11 After God made man (Adam) He put him into a deep slumber and removed from a rib from his body and made Eve....   [tags: The Bible]
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Faith in Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible - Faith in Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible Throughout the Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver utilizes the experience of the Congo to enhance and rediscover the faith of three of the Price daughters. At the age of fifteen, Rachel, the Price's oldest child, reveals her true beliefs of her religion through her petulant remarks of the Congo. During her stay in Africa, Rachel only talks of possessions she left behind. Rachel misses items such as toilet paper and sets of clean clothes. She, however, doesn't mention the bible in the list of items she longs for....   [tags: Kingsolver Poisonwood Bible] 660 words
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Analysis of Bible Passages and Questionnaire - ... In the situation found in this text, there were only Jews that were part of the church. In today’s world, the church is made up of people from all walks of life—the church has gone past Jerusalem. Also, in this situation, it is shown that the church was having a hard time feeding the widows. In today’s church, one of the primary responsibilities of the church is not to necessary provide for the widows (this doesn’t mean that the church can and should if need be). The people were elected for the soul purpose of making sure that the church was being fair with all of its members....   [tags: Analysis, Christian, Scriptures]
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Miracles in the Bible - Miracles in the Bible A miracle is known to be a wonderful and surprising event, believed to have been caused by God. In my opinion a miracle is something that happens that seems beyond belief. A miracle can be personal, meaning that you might think something is a miracle that no one else does e.g. my father got the job. It’s a miracle. Christians believe that a miracle is an extraordinary , super natural event , believed to been created by God. In Luke gospel there are several scriptures describing how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles....   [tags: Papers] 669 words
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Essay on The Holy Bible - Genesis 1-3 and the Downfall of Mankind - Genesis 1-3 and the Downfall of Mankind People hold many differing opinions about Genesis 1-3. Some people believe that God didn't want Adam and Eve to have the knowledge of good and evil because it would make them as gods. The purpose of this essay is to show that Adam and Eve caused the downfall of mankind. Now, to the untrained eye, it may be possible to interpret the aforementioned text as having certain "scheisty" tendencies coming from both the serpent and, believe it or not, God himself....   [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays] 677 words
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Rewriting the Bible - Pink Cross Publishing is revising a gay Bible that will hit the shelves in a matter of weeks. Instead of portraying the common couples of the Bible: Adam and Eve, Mary and Joseph, and Samson and Delilah, there is now Adam and Steve, Mary and Josephine, and Samantha and Delilah. All of Jesus’ disciples will be gay except Judas, and Satan will be straight. Children’s workbooks are also being made to accompany this Bible ("Dead Serious News"). There are many people who are trying to rewrite the Bible for a variety of reasons....   [tags: Revisions, Validity, Translations]
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Christ of the Holy Bible and Dionysus of Euripides - Christ of the Holy Bible and Dionysus of Euripides   Christ resembles Dionysus in many ways. Is it possible that Christ is simply an extension of the Dionysian myth. Though the concepts of wine and faith unite the two, the idea of revenge compared to self-sacrifice separates the two deities. Dionysus fits the Greek understanding of vengeful and selfish God that bear more anthropomorphic traits than Godly traits. Christ, however, transcends human desires for revenge and acts in self-sacrifice....   [tags: Comparison compare contrast essays]
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Essay on Punishment and the Prodigal Son of The Holy Bible - Punishment and the Prodigal Son   In American Society today, there exists a feeling that those who have transgressed, whether against individuals, family members, or society at large, need to be held responsible for their actions. The more severe the transgression, the more severe the punishment. It is not unheard of in these times, for example, that a parent may let his or her child spend a few nights in jail in order to "teach them a lesson". Even if the child seems to understand the severity of his or her actions, and shows regret for these actions, punishment may still be dealt out in the name of "tough love"....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays] 691 words
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Galileo vs. The Bible - Galileo vs. The Bible Religion and science have always been conflicting studies. Religion, being based on faith, relies on the supernatural to explain life and being. Science, on the other hand, cannot do this. Scientists need to eliminate the possibility of the unexplainable in order to maintain and control group by which to measure other groups. The unexplainable I refer to are the miracles that are commonplace in all supernatural religions. Galileo lived in a time where church was state. The land was ruled according to the words of the bible, and anyone in opposition would be in contempt....   [tags: Papers] 692 words
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Essay on The Holy Bible - Character of God Exposed in the Book of Job - True Character of God Exposed in the Book of Job The Book of Job offers many complex and abstract ideas. It can also be looked at in a simple fashion, taking it as a folk tale trying to explain the unexplainable forces of fate and chance. The story is often interpreted as another strange episode of the Almighty Yahweh requiring blind faith in the midst of overwhelming and sadistic trials. A picture is painted, at first glance, of a cruel and uncaring God who is most interested in His wager with Satan on the reliability of His faithful follower Job....   [tags: Holy Bible Book Job Essays] 695 words
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Bible: Paul's Epistles - The Book of Romans was written around 57-58 A.D. Paul was writing to the Church in Rome from Corinth. It had long been his desire to go to Rome to preach the Gospel of Christ. Paul was a Roman citizen and felt a kinship with his fellow Romans. The occasion of writing was the desire of the apostle to labor in the great city, a desire which had thus far been hindered, and the opportunity was furnished by the departure of Phoebe from Corinth to Rome. Still firm in his purpose to see and preach in Rome, a letter to the church would tend to prepare the way....   [tags: New Testament, Rome, Greek]
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Flood of Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - The Flood of Gilgamesh and Genesis   The Epic of Gilgamesh records a story of a world-wide flood and pre-dates Genesis. So some claim that this invalidates the Genesis record. But P.J. Wiseman presents an interesting theory in this regard in his book Ancient Records and the Structure of Genesis (New York: Thomas Nelson, 1985). He believes that Moses did not write Genesis but rather translated it from ancient stone tablets written in Cuneiform script. The tablets each would have been originally written by eye-witnesses of the particular events, or those who received their information from eye-witnesses....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays] 724 words
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Miracles of Jesus in the Bible - John's purpose for writing the Gospel of John is given to us in John 20: 30 - 31: " And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. The sign miracles that John writes about are turning water into wine, curing the nobleman's son, curing the lame man, feeding the multitude, walking on water, giving sight to the blind, bringing Lazarus back from the dead, and the miraculous catch of fishes....   [tags: Religion Christian] 729 words
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Comparing Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - Parallels Between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible The most well-known parallel between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible is the story of the Flood, in Genesis 6-7. This is essentially equivalent to the story that Utnapishtim, the Sumerian Noah, tells to Gilgamesh on Tablet XI. Even the way the narrative is laid out is similar - the gods put a bug in Utnapishtim's ear; a description of how the ark is built ("daubed with bitumen," a common glue or mortaring agent in Mesopotamia); everyone piles in, and it starts to rain....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 756 words
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Slavery in the Bible - Slavery in the Bible The first mention of slavery in the Bible is found in Noah's declaration, "Cursed be Canaan. The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers" (Gen. 9:25). He said this after waking up from a naked, drunken stupor and learning that his son Ham had mocked him. Although Ham was the guilty party, Noah's statement was directed at Ham's youngest son Canaan. If he was involved with his father in this act of disrespect, the statement can be taken as the pronouncement of a curse, "Cursed be Canaan." It is possible, however, that Canaan did not join his father in making fun of Noah....   [tags: Slavery Essays] 780 words
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Two Great Floods - The Bible and Epic of Gilgamesh - Two Great Floods In both the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh the God or Gods create a flood to destroy mankind. In Gilgamesh,the Gods decide something needs to be done because the humans are being loud and disturbing the Gods. In the Bible's version of the flood story, God regrets creating mankind because the humans have become evil God chooses Noah and his family to start a new beginning. In the Bible God becomes regretful of creating mankind because he sees that they are wicked and they only have evil thoughts....   [tags: World Literature Compare Contrast Essays]
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Essay on The Holy Bible - Dionysus and Genisis God - Dionysus and Genisis God Every individual has his/her own view of a divine power. It appears that each different culture looks at its’ higher being in a different way. Texts and myths are used by each culture to explain its god or gods or even goddesses. Genesis, from the Bible, shows the many characteristics of the Christian God, as does Euripides' The Bacchae of Dionysus. The two separate Gods are shown to illustrate very similar human characteristics; however, they differ by their godly attributes and their effect on how women are viewed in today's society....   [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays] 784 words
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The Bible: The Holy Canon of Scripture Review - INTRODUCTION The Bible: The Holy Canon of Scripture is an essay by J. Hampton Keathley, III that aims to justify the canonicity of the Bible. Keathley first defines canonicity as a word used to describe books that are recognized as inspired by God and then gives a brief history of the term. In essence, the word can be derived from Greek, Hebrew, and Akkadian words denoting a standard of straightness and was used first to describe accepted doctrines of the Church before it became widely used as a description for the list of sacred books that fit the modern definition....   [tags: J. Hampton Keathley, Summary, Personal Thoughts] 794 words
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Relationship between The Bible and Power And Politics - The power and politics has been an issue since ancient times and still every much exist. Since biblical times, we as human beings have been battling power and politics as a problem of the world. The human society can trace our efforts to control this problem back to the greatest book every written, "The Holy Bible". Also, within power and political influences throughout WWI & WWII, the cold war, and this tension between the Third World and West end countries. Power and politics are not likely buddies, although ethical standards can progress into gain....   [tags: Religion] 815 words
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Essay on The Holy Bible - The Cruel God of Genesis - The Cruel God of Genesis This essay will propose and support the thesis that God carries the blame for the expulsion of man from the Garden of Eden and resulting downfall of mankind. Genesis has always been the cause of heated discussions. The work itself is not all that confusing, but rather the symbolism buried deep within the text is. The opinions of the reader often have a substantial influence on the reader's interpretation of the text. Because the scripture has played such an important role in the theological beliefs of so many Christians, extremely different interpretations of the text have the potential to create distance between even the closest of friends and even worse,...   [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays] 832 words
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Woman's Role Defined in "Paradise Lost" and the Bible - John Milton's Paradise Lost attempts to justify "God's will" by giving a better understanding of the "ways of God", according to the author. In his work, Milton addresses several issues from biblical text as he expands on the "role of woman" as it is written in the book of Genesis. "Woman's role" is recognized and presented as one that is subordinate to man. Several associations are recognized between Milton's work and books of the Bible which reveal much about the way both of these books intend to define the role of a woman....   [tags: World Literature] 834 words
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The Use of the Bible by Christians - The Use of the Bible by Christians The sacred book in Christianity is namely the Bible. It is used in both public worship and also one uses the Bible to worship alone such as personal devotions. The Bible is used in public worship in numerous ways. In a number of Nonconformist churches the Bible is brought into the church and placed on the lectern at the front of the church to signify that the service will commence. Often the congregation will rise from their seats in respect as the Bible is brought in....   [tags: Papers] 843 words
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The Bible Does Not Allow the Death Penalty - Capital punishment has been a part of public debate in the United States for as long as I can remember. Proponents say it prevents crime; opponents claim it is cruel and unusual punishment. Social science has been unable to either conclusively support or disprove the theory that capital punishment deters crime (Schonebaum, 2002), mirroring the mixed emotions of many Americans on the subject. Historically, execution has been a significant form of punishment for deviance from social norms and for criminal behavior....   [tags: capital punishment essays]
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Flood in Epic of Gilgamish and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - The Flood in The Epic of Gilgamish and The Bible The story of the great flood is probably the most popular story that has survived for thousands of years and is still being retold today.  It is most commonly related within the context of Judeo-Christian tradition.  In the Holy Bible, the book of Genesis uses the flood as a symbol of God's wrath as well as His hope that the human race can maintain peace and achieve everlasting salvation.  The tale of Noah's Ark begins with God's expression of dismay as to the degenerate state of the human race at the time.  People were behaving wickedly and sinfully and God decided that a genetic cleansing was necessary.  He spared only Noah and his famil...   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh Essays] 883 words
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Comparing Virtue and Vice in Utopia, The Bible, and Othello - Comparing Virtue and Vice in Utopia, The Bible, and Othello The definition of virtue varies between cultures and societies. Utopian ideas of virtue do not necessarily agree with Biblical or Elizabethan England views, however, More’s "Utopia," the Biblical accounts in Genesis of Joseph and Jacob, and Shakespeare’s "Othello" all present the concept of virtue prevailing over vice. Although at times vice may appear to triumph over virtue, ultimately poetry presents virtue as superior based on the differing definitions of virtue....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays] 886 words
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The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible - The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible The story of the Golden Calf illustrates the inherent fallibility of man. It starts out when the people ask Aaron to “make us gods, which shall go before us.” Despite the fact that God had spoken to them just days earlier commanding them not to make themselves any graven images, Aaron doesn’t argue too strongly against this, immediately asking them to turn over any gold jewelry they have so that he may make them a figure of worship....   [tags: Religion Biblical Essays] 901 words
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Revelations in the Bible - To understand this portion we need to comprehend that Revelation is consider an apocalyptic literature. An apocalyptic intends to show a future anticipated truth about the end time. John wrote Revelation and he intend to reveal the truth that is to come. The truth is overwhelming that John's words cannot properly convey his vision, therefore John wrote it in symbols and codes. Revelation has a narrative framework that is build on a dualistic understanding of reality. That there are two eras which consist of the present and the future where humans have to choose sides according to Blount....   [tags: Apocalyptic Literature, Bible, Revelations]
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The Bible - The Bible In the Holy Bible, teachings guide all types of human beings to a better understanding of life. Many of these verses reach out to man through teachings of human nature and how to create society's moral values. A personal favorite verse that may reach out to every man and not just those who practice the Judaeo - Christian religions is : " The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin....   [tags: essays research papers] 919 words
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The Middle Ages: Bible and Western Literature - King Arthur and the Round Table is among some of the newer stories set in the Medieval Ages. All these stories are old and most people know of them. However, not many people know about the literature that was written in the middle ages. A lot of great literature was written back then and some examples are Beowulf and the Divine Comedy. The literature of the middle ages was greatly influenced by the great major leaders of the middle ages which include the Bible, Catholic Church, and the feudal system that was the government system back then....   [tags: king arthur, medieval age, catholics]
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Bible: Hope in the Letters of Paul - Hope (in Paul) The term “hope” appeared many times within the letters of Paul, fifty-four in the NIV Bible to be exact. The Greek term that Paul used for “hope”, “ἐλπίς ”, conveys a sense of trust in a divinely given future. Paul amplified this definition for hope in Romans; he wrote, “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” Paul expressed this same idea that hope comes through God throughout his letters . Paul prayed, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” This verse of prayer clearly exemplified Paul’s belief t...   [tags: god, christians, New Testament]
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The Bible and Christianity on Abortion - The Bible and Christianity on Abortion There has been recent debate over the Christian ethics of abortion, and what the Bible’s implications of the matter are. One must first acknowledge that the Bible does not directly say anything about abortion. Kerby Anderson is the president of Probe Ministries, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “reclaim the primacy of Christian thought and values in Western culture through media.” (http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/arg-abor.html) He claims that the reason abortion is not mentioned in the Bible is because the act was so unthinkable - so absurd - to an Israelite woman at the time that there was no need to e...   [tags: Papers] 947 words
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Jacob: A Failed Patriarch - Jacob Jacob, the second and more prominent son of Isaac, is one of three aptly named Patriarchs of the Hebrew Bible. Much like his father and grandfather, Jacob earns the right to be known as one of God’s chosen men by being one whose “descendants shall be as the dust of the earth“ (Gen 28:14). Despite this, Jacob is a truly a flawed human being. While he is able to overcome these flaws to become the patriarch of the Israelite people, and receive a portion of the covenant God had promised to his grandfather, Abraham, his sins in life negatively affected future generations of Israelites in the form of slavery in Egypt....   [tags: The Bible]
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Context of the Bible Book - Context of the Bible Book: The book of Genesis begins with the creation of the earth and all the living things upon it. It continues on The story of Joseph and his family, which spans nearly fourteen full chapters, is well crafted and highly detailed. “Unique, too, is the somewhat secular mold in which the [Joseph’s] biography is cast. The miraculous or supernatural is conspicuously absent” (Sarna 211). The story is embodies the very best parts of literature. And, in fact, is not overtly theological....   [tags: Bible, Summary] 956 words
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The Stoty of Jonah: Bible Study - The people of Nineveh were living in evil, and Jonah was called to command them to repent [Jonah 1:2]. Furthermore, the citizens were governed by a King; moreover, the people repented to the Lord after Jonah’s warning [Jonah 3:6-10]. In addition, the book of Nahum is written almost entirely to address the people of Nineveh; Nahum prophesies that their wickedness, folly, and unrepentant lives will lead to destruction. Nineveh is described as a bloody city [3:1], and is repeatedly condemned for their practices of sexual immorality [3:4]....   [tags: old testament, nineveh, nahum, prophets]
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Textual Analysis of Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - A Textual Analysis of Genesis and the Epic of Gilgamesh The stories of the floods found in both Gilgamesh and Genesis contain many striking similarities that are inevitably beyond mere coincidence. One could surmise that both of these stories might have a basis in common historical occurrence. However, despite the fact that both of these works discuss a common topic, the portrayal of this event is quite different. Like identical twins raised in different cultures, the expressions of these works are products of their environment....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh Holy Bible] 1051 words
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The Bible is God's Word - The Bible is God's Word Many people try to discredit what the Bible teaches, but my faith comes from God, through his word, The Holy Bible. Billy Graham wrote, “Because the Bible is God's inspired Word, it does not contradict itself or teach falsehoods--because God cannot lie. We may not understand every detail of Scripture, but we must never lose sight of the fact that it is God's Word and not man's ideas or opinions.” Quote from an Authoritative Source It is comforting to know that there is a God that cares for us....   [tags: Papers] 1051 words
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Commentary on the Book of Matthew in the Bible - ... It contains 1,782 words, 55 verses, and 28 chapters. Matthew was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples and was a tax collector in Capernaum when Jesus called him to follow Him. Matthew wrote this gospel for his fellow Jews to prove that Jesus is the Messiah and to explain to them God’s Kingdom. To begin the book of Matthew you will find yourself reading a genealogy of Jesus’ ancestors starting from Abraham who was the father of Isaac all the way to Joseph who was Jesus’ earthly father. I thought this was pretty cool to read about because I never knew that these famous Biblical characters I grew up learning about were all blood related....   [tags: Christianism, Jesus, Disciple]
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Contradicting Creation Stories In the Bible - The Judeo-Christian creation story is one of the most well know beliefs for the beginning. The issue being looked at comes from the two creation stories in Genesis. One fairly interesting part of this is that the Bible has the two creation narratives back to back. These two stories have made believers uncomfortable and it has been used to discredit believers because they infer the two are contradictory. In order to answer the main question efficiently, the question has to be broken down into two main issues....   [tags: judeo-christians, genesis, creation story]
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Essay on The Holy Bible - The Nature of God in the Genesis - The Nature of God in the Genesis   Genesis is the first book of the Bible.  It begins with the story of God’s creation of the universe.    The Lord is the Almighty Creator of the world, skies, heavens, seas, animals, man, and woman.  He governs the universe and develops relationships with man.  Throughout Genesis, God acknowledges the fact that human beings make mistakes, and accepts their imperfection.  Throughout Genesis, God changes from one who does not tolerate disobedience, to one who shows clemency.  Early on in Genesis, God punishes Adam and Eve for disobedience.  After making the mistake of flooding the world, the Lord realizes that even He is not perfect, and does not allow Jac...   [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays] 1092 words
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Bible as the Inspired Word of God - Bible as the Inspired Word of God The Bible is the work of various authors, who lived in different continents and wrote in different eras. Furthermore, much of the text does not claim to have been 'dictated' by God and is not always God speaking to people. In parts it consists of people speaking to God, as in the Psalms, and people speaking to people, as in the New Testament letters written by Paul. In light of this, some maintain that it is not possible to treat the Bible as a book of divine oracles, delivered once by God and recorded by its authors through divine inspiration, since biblical authors were products of their time and subsequently their understan...   [tags: Papers] 1104 words
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Flood of Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - The Flood of Gilgamesh Perhaps the most popular comparison with Noah's Flood is that of an ancient Babylonian story of a similar flood. A quick look at the text does show some key similarities between them however there are also some pointed differences. I will show you both and let you decide whether there is or is not a connection. First let us look at the similarities: *It is set in the Iraqi/Turkey area.....similar to the Biblical Flood. *A man is warned by a god to build a ship so he could survive a coming flood, sent by the divine powers....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays] 1107 words
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