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WCF.M2.L7 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze changes in Judaism and Jewish culture after the exile.
  • Compare beliefs of early Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity.
  • Discuss the significance of the exile and postexilic experience of the Jews for missions.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 31-32Lesson 07 Introduction

  • General
  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 81-87ch. 2 Judaism: Ezekiel, Nehemiah

  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 4b-5Zoroastrianism: The Primordial Choice
  • 14The Cinvat Bridge
  • 19Zoroastrian Sun Sacrifice
  • 43bScriptures
  • after 44(photo)
  • 354aGabon Pygmies on Exile

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 57-77Choksy: Zoroastrian Purity and Pollution
    Look especially at the charts and prayers.

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 1045-1046Zoroastrianism

  • “The Parsees: The Oldest Unreached People in the World”
  • 75-77IJFM (April-June 1997) 14:2

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 32-34Lesson 07 Review

  • Hiebert: Cultural Anthropology
  • 335-370World Views

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • The Bible
  •  Zechariah 9–10

  • Optional

  • Zoroastrians in Iran and India (Parsees)
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 464-469Iran

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 7

  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 7
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • How did postexilic Judaism differ from pre-exilic Israelite religion and culture?

  • Compare Zoroastrian beliefs regarding the afterlife with those of Israel and postexilic Judaism. From your initial studies, do you think Zoroastrian concepts might have had a strong influence on Judaism and Christianity?

  • How might Judah’s experience of exile and the return to Palestine have helped prepare the Jews as a witness to the nations?