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WCF.M2.L4 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Demonstrate the uniqueness of Israel’s religion, law, and society in comparison to outsiders in regard to conversion and monotheism.
  • Hypothesize the reason for the tension in Israelite religion between polytheism and monotheism.
  • Identify the cause and effect linkage that exists between worship and the missionary outreach of the church.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 15-17Lesson 04 Introduction

  • General
  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 26-32ach. 1 Israelites: Moses
  • 37-42bch. 1 Israelites: The Laws, The Democratic Theocracy
  • 54c-65ach. 1 Israelites: David, Solomon

  • Alphabet Makers
  •  Ethiopic Alphabet

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 30-31The First Civilizations: China 1700-1050 BC
  • 50-51Peoples of Central Asia 6000-500 AD
  • 20-21From Hunting to Farming: Europe 8000-200 BC

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 742-745#131 Hoke/ Taylor: Charting Your Journey to the Nations
  • 722-724#126 Winter: Reconsecration to a Wartime, not a Peacetime, Lifestyle

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 17-18Lesson 04 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 140-142Ruparell: Philosophy
  • 146-152King: Beliefs
  • 153-156Warrier: Worship and Festivals

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • The Bible
  •  Zechariah 2–4

  • Optional
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 231-232Buddhism: Introduction
  • 241b-243Teachings
  • 247-250Zen Enlightenment
  • 251d-252Relics
  • 253d-254aConfession
  • 254b-255aTantric Means
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • How does conversion to the God of Israel differ from conversion to the gods of the surrounding societies? Look at the examples of Abimelech (Gen 20, 21, 26), Rahab (Josh 2:18-13), Naaman (2 Ki 5:15), and Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4:34ff.).

  • Dr. Jacob Loewen, a noted Christian anthropologist, claims that the great tension in Israelite religion was to keep the unity of God. In your opinion, why and when did Israel start to experience this tension?

  • What is the cause and effect linkage that exists between worship and the missionary outreach of the church?