Saturday, May 15, 2004


Exam: Intertestamental Studies

Yesterday I took the Intertestamental Studies exam, and I hope to have done resonably well.

There are a number of things in the program I would have liked to cover more in depth: for example, 1 Enoch, Jubilees, 4 Ezra and Pirke Aboth. The Testament of the XII Patriarchs also needs attention.

All in all, it is an extremely interesting course; only, I found it quite difficult to cover all the examination questions in a decent way in the limited time allowed. One needs to stay clear of most complex and thorny issues and limit himself to general introductions. This is also why I did not choose any of the broad-scope questions (like: talk about the evolution of the concepts of resurrection/afterlife in the light of the set texts).

These are questions I answered:
  • Comment on:
    • Dan 7 (the Son of Man passage)
    • 1 Mac 1:20ff (the spoiling of the Temple by Antiochus IV)
    • 1QapGen (wasf passage on the beauty of Sarah)
  • Is temple propaganda an apt characterization of 2 Mac?
  • Describe the organization of the Qumran community with reference to 1QS
  • Write a critical introduction to one of the set texts (I chose Sir)


I am following your BD progress.

However, how many courses have you done so far and what is so study schedule?

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