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WCF.M2.L59 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Recognize neo-Gnostic influences in modern evangelicalism.
  • Relate the eschatology of New Testament Christianity to its roots in the religion of ancient Israel.
  • Indicate lines of development of angelology within Judaism between 400 BC and AD 200.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 234-238Lesson 59 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 319-322Weblowsky: Eschatology
  • 323-333Smith: Afterlife
  • 335-336Gnoli: Frashokereti
  • 337-345King: Angels and Ancestors- A Basis for Christology
  • 347 Christensen: Outlines of the Book of Daniel

  • Green, ed: Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
  • 8-11Angels
  • 163-171Demon, Devil, Satan

  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 20-23Angels, Archangels
  • 253-269 Eschatology
  • 350-354Gnosis, Gnosticism
  • 862-867Satan, Devil

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 428-429Hell
  • 852-854Satan

  • Glasser: Announcing the Kingdom
  • 329-344God’s Kingdom Extends over the Powers

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 107-108Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda
  • 306-307Dominca
  • 377-378Guadelupe
  • 599-600Montserrat
  • 777-778St. Kitts and Nevis

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek Practice Quiz #4

  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 59
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Give three examples of neo-Gnosticism in modern evangelicalism.

  • Is Christian eschatology more like that of Zoroastrianism than that of the religion of ancient Israel? Why or why not?

  • Explain the similarities and real differences between the following two statements:
    -At death, Zoroastrians believe each of us is judged according to the total goodness or evilness of our thoughts, words, and deeds. The greater the goodness, the wider the bridge to heaven, the House of Heavenly Song, the Kingdom of Light where the souls of the righteous reside. The greater the accumulated evil, the narrower the bridge, until it is so narrow that souls cannot cross. They fall into hell, the ‘House of the Lie,’ a murky, woeful place.
    -Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few”(Matthew 7:13-14 NAB).

  • What are some ways in which the development of angelology in Judaism during the period 400 BC to AD 200 is significant for Christology?