Zerubabbel As A Messianic Figure - 1,154 words
Zerubabbel as a Messianic figure. As my text, I am using the book of Haggai 2:23: In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel,, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts. Thus, the messianic promise was passed onto Zerubbabel, the man that God entrusted to be the governor of Gods people upon their return to Israel, and with the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem. Zerubbabel was a leader, a man of God, and a faithful servant to Gods will. Zerubbabel was a messianic figure. This can be seen in a series of comparisons and contrast to Christ and His work. To begin, Zerubbabel was t ...
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Absalom And Achitophel - 1,422 words
As related to Absalom and Achitophel Absalom and Achitophel begins in the world of Old Testament history. The vague biblical past of the opening lines lets the narrative to be set from 2 Samuel in a wide historical frame that hopes to legitimize the king's promiscuity by associating the king as father of the land: In pious times, e'r priestcraft did begin, When one man on many multiplied his kind, Ere one to one was cursedly confined; When nature prompted and no law denied Promiscuous use of concubine and bride; Then Israel's monarch after Heaven's own heart, His vigorous warmth did variously impart To wives and slaves; and, wide as his command, Scattered his Maker's image through the land. ...
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Angels - 1,845 words
A Powerful Use of Language in First They Slaughtered the Angels Who barbecues the lamb of god? (Kandel ll. 21) Who raped St. Mary with a plastic dildo stamped with the / Good Housekeeping seal of approval? (ll. 24-25) These statements taken out of the context of Lenore Kandels First They Slaughtered the Angels sounds at the very least crude and by many sacrilegious. These words are not meant to offend, but to tell a truth about our society. It is the poems language that shocks the reader, and it is through this perverse language that Kandel is able to bring forth a powerful message. A message, which informs us that our society is destroying everything that, was once held sacred by its former ...
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Revelation - 1,343 words
... to weep, the reason being, "The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals" (Revelation 5:5). At this, Christ appears, as a Lamb which had been slain (Revelation 5:6) and who was worthy of great praise and worship (Revelation 5:9-14). This worship is particularly significant Christologically, given that twice John bows down before the angel who mediates the revelation to him. The angel protests that he is no more than a fellow servant of God, and directs John to worship God (Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9). The angel who shows the visions to John is not the source of revelation, but only the instrument for its communication. ...
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Cults In America - 1,269 words
Cults are commonly defined as a group or organization (sometimes religious) that has independent beliefs and is usually isolated from the normal society. In some ways, cults tend to form their own structured society with a messianic leader guiding the group. The strategy in which cults entice and control their members is one of the most fascinating things about cults. Cults have significant social effects on American society. To some, these effects are positive, but to others, they are devastating. Cults are groups that possess many characteristics. They use psychological persuasions to recruit, brainwash, and hold on to their members. Some form an egotist totalitarian society, which is foun ...
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Compare Contrast Religion - 1,610 words
************************************************** ************************ ************************************************** ************************ Compare and Contrast essay: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Christianity most widely distributed of the world religions, having substantial in all the populated continents of the globe. Its total membership may exceed 1.7 billion Islam, a major world religion, founded in Arabia and based on the teachings of called the Prophet. One who practices Islam is a Muslim. Muslims follow the Koran, the revelation brought by Muhammad. The Muslim world population is estimated at more billion. Islam is the quickest growing religion. Judaism is one of the w ...
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Remnant - 875 words
Remnant as seen in the Old Testament Remnant - n (C) a small piece or amount of something that is left from a larger original piece or amount (Cambridge 1202). Remnant - The portion of a community which is left, in the case of a devastating calamity; the portion upon which the possible future existence of the community depends (Interpreter's 32). Among the many themes that are seen throughout the books of the bible there is the prevalent theme of the remnant. The above definitions are just a preview of what the word means. During our overview of the bible this semester we see that the remnant of the people was always closely tied to the covenant that God established with his people, Israel. ...
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The Essenes And Qumran - 2,548 words
In 1947 an Arab shepherd boy was throwing stones at the opening of a cave above him near the shore of the Dead Sea. He heard a jar break and climbed up the cliff to investigate. What he discovered has revolutionized the study of the Bible. There, in that cave, stuffed in jars, were scores of papyrus scrolls covering almost every book of the Old Testament. While other scrolls have been discovered since, in caves all along the Dead Sea, the scrolls at Qumran are by far the most important as far as Christians are concerned because they are the only ones throughout the Dead Sea region that pre-date or are contemporary with Jesus Christ. They are, in fact, the only original writings of Hebrew scr ...
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The Essenes And Qumran - 2,509 words
... he same way of life, the same table, even the same tastes; all of them loving frugality and hating luxury as a plague for both body and soul. Not only do they share a common table, but common clothes as well. What belongs to one belongs to all. Available to all of them are thick coats for winter and inexpensive light tunics for summer. Seeing it as an obstacle to communal life, they have banned marriage. They view women as selfish, excessively jealous, skillful in seduction and armed, like actors with all sorts of masks designed to flatter and ensnare men, bewitching and capturing their attention and finally leading them astray. They believe that where children are involved, women become ...
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A Study Of A Dionysiac Sarcophagus - 1,328 words
In the Los Angeles County Art Museum A man dies. He winds his way down into the underworld to reach the banks of the river Acheron where he meets the ferryman Charon. He takes a coin from his mouth to pay the toll across. On the opposite bank he is greeted by a Maenad or perhaps Bacchus himself who offers him a kylix of wine. Drinking deep, the man is transformed and resurrected from death to a higher plane. Instead of living a miserable dream in the underworld he receives redemption from his god Dionysos, the Savior. In Roman imperial times there was a great resurgence of the "Mystery" cults of Greece fueled by the hope of a life after death. In funerary monuments there can be seen the tene ...
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Saddam Hussein: The U.s Portrayal Of Evil Encarnate - 1,474 words
When Iraq invaded and occupied the country of Kuwait in August 1990, the Bush administration was faced with several dilemmas. From a foreign policy point of view, this action could greatly destabilize the balance of power in a part of the world that was vital to U.S. interests. The United States was dependant on a continuous flow of oil to drive its economic machine, which Kuwait supplied greatly. In addition, this move would put more power into the hands of a government that was not only unfriendly to the U.S., but a sworn enemy of the state of Israel, a strong U.S. ally. In addition to, the fall of communism had created what George Bush had described as, A new world order, and would become ...
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The Matrix - Simulacra And Dystopia - 1,632 words
ter> 2001 by Daniel du Prie Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where our bodies live. (Barlow, 1996) Youve been living in a dream world Neo. This, is the world, as it exists today: Welcome to the desert of the real. (Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix) From Platos "Charmides" to the Wachowski brothers "The Matrix" (1999), there is a tradition of writing in Western literature, which thinks about and imagines the city as either a utopia or a dystopia, or both. I believe that what such imagining allows us is to do is locate ourselves within a type of dialectic of the best possible or worst possible outcomes that our own historical conditions may lead us to. By imagin ...
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Christ In The Old Testament - 1,994 words
Erroneous beliefs and preconceived ideas are a lock on the door of the human mind; they have proven to be very effective in keeping the truth at bay. In the past, the belief systems of most people were acquired directly from their parents as they grew up. Countless generations clung to their inherited beliefs with great tenacity, vigorously promoting them as bequeathed truth. Yet in the vast majority of cases, the origin of these beliefs was not based on fact, but rather on supposition or hearsay. Unfortunately, this has been doubly true in the case of religious convictions. Most who have professed to be Christians have not studied God's Word to prove or disprove their beliefs, as God comman ...
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Christ In The Old Testament - 2,043 words
... pon the princes, and health to him. (Brenton's LXX) As you can see, the Septuagint calls the coming Messiah the "Aggelos (Angel) of Great Counsel." Both the Hebrew and Greek versions of this verse link the coming Messiah to the Angel of the LORD. The evidence is substantial that the Angel of the LORD and Yeshua the Messiah are one and the same! Another appearance of the being we know as Christ is recorded in Joshua 5:13-15. Here he calls himself the "Commander of the host of YHVH." JOSHUA 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, " ...
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The Confessions Of Peter In The Old Testament - 1,075 words
The great confession of Peter, as the representative Apostle, had laid the foundations of the Church as such. In contradistinction to the varying opinions of even those best disposed towards Christ, it openly declared that Jesus was the Very Christ of God, the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecy, the heir of Old Testament promise, the realization of the Old Testament hope for Israel, and, in Israel, for all mankind. Without this confession, Christians might have been a Jewish sect, a religious party, or a school of thought, and Jesus a Teacher, Rabbi, Reformer, or Leader of men. But the confession which marked Jesus as the Christ, also constituted His followers the Church. It separated ...
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Rastafarianism's Connection To Judaism The Rastafarians - 1,478 words
Little is known about the Rastafarian religion other than that Bob Marley was a Rasta who had dreadlocks and enjoyed smoking Marijuana. During my trip to Jamaica I found that there was so much more that connected to my own personal experiences a Jew. I decided to discover more and what I found was astonishing. I began to strike up discussions with local Rastafarians. A Rastafarian cab driver that I was speaking with claimed to be from the tribe of Judah and had a Star of David on his dashboard. When I came back to the U.S. the importance to me of what I discovered had not changed. I began to look at the similarities of the two religions. I discovered that in many ways the two religions are a ...
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Compare And Asses The Theories About The Sources, Date, Location And Authorship Of The Gospels Of John And Mark. - 1,028 words
When considering theories on the above topics it is certain that the individual issues at debate will interconnect with one another, for example one theory on authorship may be easily incorporated into another theory on location but totally contradict another theory. Hence, there are relationships between the singular debates. During the course of this essay we will look at Mark and John separately, dealing in each case with different theories on sources, date, location and authorship and then analyse the plausibility of the arguments and interconnections between separate arguments in order to find the least problematic proposition. The issue of authorship of Marks gospel is an area of some ...
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Baptism - 499 words
There are nearly 21,000 different Christian denominations in the world today. With such an enormous number of diverse groups, understanding the beliefs and practices of each and the differences that distinguish one from another can be quiet confusing. While many denominations are similar, observing the same rites and sacraments, others have little in common other than the fact that they all accept Jesus as the Lord of God. In today's modern world, when we think about religion and Christianity, it is almost impossible not to think about Christian Baptism and its members. Christian Baptism is that point at which one acclaims and affirms the true gospel of Christ (Clearman 12). The ministry of ...
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Gatsbys Sacrifices - 1,751 words
Spring 1996 The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God-- a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that-- and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end (99). James Gatz was already 'about his Father's business' when he carefully sketched out a schedule for self improvement on the back of his 'Hopalong Cassidy' book. He had already realized what his dream was and had created his own personal religion, whic ...
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Zionism- Greenberg - 1,533 words
It is not irrelevant nor is it fair to respond to the mirage of childish bickering that just frustrated the last half hour of my day without mentioning the more than obvious biases of the writers involved in their respective fields. Harold Fisch, a professor of English Literature at Leeds University and soon after at Bar-Ilan University, writes a detailed analysis of what he refers to as the Myth and Metaphor of the various approaches to Zionism in his book titled The Zionist Revolution. In this analysis Fisch attempts to break down several approaches to the myth and metaphor of Zionism to give the reader a sense of broader knowledge and a feeling that the field is generally covered in this ...
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