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WCF.M1.L70 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the characteristics and attributes of the Jewish people.
  • Explain how these attributes and traditional values affected their interaction with other peoples throughout history, especially within totalitarian regimes.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 265-268Lesson 70 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Ancient World Reader
  • 297-299Einstein: Just What is a Jew?

  • Musk: The Unseen Face of Islam
  • 207-222Belief and Practice
  • 222-238Worlds in Conflict?

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 294b-299Ramsey: Worship and Festivals
  • 280-281Banks: The Covenant

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 268-272Lesson 70 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 8Graham: The Inductive Method of Study, Inductive Bible Study Syllabus: Part IV A, B, C: Esther Inductive Study

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 464-469Iran

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 70
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What did Einstein consider to be the two principal characteristic traits of Jewish tradition that seem to unite all Jews, even today?

  • Notice how Dorothy Lee vividly illustrates and elaborates Einstein’s second characteristic of Jewish identity. What characterizes one who is “ready to cease to be a true and good Jew”?

  • Explain the difference between the high percentage of performance and intellectual excellence among Jews, as compared with the relatively small percentage of their actual numbers in the world. What are the genetic implications? The cultural implications?

  • What was the particular act which precipitated Haman’s plan to destroy the Jews? How would you explain this in terms of (a) a particular Jewish trait, and (b) the characteristic anti-Semitic reaction described by Einstein?