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  1. Exegesis on Job 42:1-17 In the passage of Job 42:1-6 there appears to be an interpretation of a divine speech to be supported by Jobs response.

    Job feigns submission and accepts that he will never get a straight answer from God. Source criticism is being used as the verses in three and four, Job quotes the Lord's words which were also used previously in Job 38:2-3 and uses them to make his surrender appear to be in defence to God's power. Job's true attitude however is revealed in verse six "therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes." In the NRSV translation of this verse reflects the traditional view that Job is confessing to his sin in challenging God's justice.

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  2. Source and Form Criticism of the Bible. Both types of criticisms are helpful by trying to understand the biblical content of the Bible and where it originated. By raising questions such as, are the stories that are told in the bible just parables or did

    Hence Gunkel originated questions to ask when analysing a biblical text. The questions a Form critic should ask themselves (according to Gunkel) are, "Who is speaking? Who are the listeners? What is the setting on the stage at the time? What Effect is aimed at?" (Soulen, R.N. Handbook of Biblical criticism, 3rd ed. Minneapolis: John Knox, 2001, page 61-63). An example of form criticism is in 2 Samuel 12:1-4 where it is a prose with a genre known as a parable. It could have a life setting to be retold at coronation ceremonies to remind the king to be humble.

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  3. Jesus appointed only men to succeed him therefore women should be excluded from priesthood'.

    All inheritance would pass to the son and his descendants before anything would pass to his daughter. A father could marry his daughter to anyone he liked until she came to the age of twelve, she had no right to protest. He could even sell his daughter into slavery, which was often done, as this would be of profit to him. But after the age of twelve the girl would become independent and the father would have no right to betrothe her against her will. A woman didn't have the right to divorce her husband, but he could divorce her.

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  4. 'Few Historians think no progress is being made towards truth, but even history's keenest devotees know objectivity is unattainable' (Lowenthal) Discuss.

    History is a constantly moving process, historians are in constant debate with each other and with what they have written. This is progressive because no one idea is accepted as authority over another. We can constantly produce newly interpreted versions of events that we may or may not agree with - there is value in that. However we must recognise that we cannot be objective about anything in history and therefore cannot come to a definite answer. There are philosophical and religious ideas that create the desire for attaining the truth.

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"All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth."

-Mahatma Gandhi

If you love nothing more than a good debate about the old testament, and you find your daily thoughts taken up with pilgrimages, prayer rugs, and different conceptions of paradise, then a university degree in religious studies might be the best path for you to follow.

Like most subjects within historical and philosophical studies, religious studies is a heavily essay-based degree, so be prepared to lay out argument after persuasive argument in clear, concise prose. If you need some help, visit Marked by Teachers' collection of religious studies essays. Studying the real worked examples will accelerate your learning process, teaching you to criticise and refine your writing until it meets your professor's high expectations.

Students of religious studies might draw directly upon their knowledge for an academic or religious career, take higher degrees in a related subject like history, or choose other careers such asteaching, consulting, and management.

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