2.3.1 Questions for discussion half way through the unit

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Unit 2 Contents

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  • To what extent were you already familiar with what is in the ‘outline of biblical history’ (2.2.2) before reading it?  What are the main things study of this unit has added to your knowledge of ancient Israel’s history?

  • Can you summarise what Jesus’ mission was primarily about?  What was it not about?

  • In relation to Jesus’ statement, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”, why did his hearers find his answer ‘amazing’?

  • To what extent does the Bible give good reasons for Christians to favour one form of government (e.g. monarchy or democracy) over others?

  • As we now move on from study of the Bible to looking at Christian history, can you suggest some of the main points that the Early Church might have taken up from the ‘just government strand’ in Scripture as it engaged in the world of the Roman Empire?  To what extent are your points still important for the Church now?  

  • To what extent have you achieved the first two ‘learning outcomes’ for Unit 2 (given in 2.1.1): 

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

*  to describe what this unit means by the ‘just government strand’ in the Christian Bible

*  to discuss how to interpret some of the main texts about government in both Old and New Testaments.– 

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End of 2.3.1

Go to 2.3.2 The patristic period

Module B outline

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