Project #46727 - Theology: Threat & Protection

 

Biblical Text: Psalm 121

Reading: Ellie Wiesel - Trial of God

Please provide 5 additional sources. Sources must be either scholarly journal or books. Paper must be using MLA citation format.


I. Introduction (1 page)

Briefly summarize the argumentation of the assigned biblical text. Do not paraphrase the text! This means that if you are simply retelling the content of the assigned text, then you have not met the requirements for this section. Some questions to consider are: who are the primary person(s) involved in this text? Who is the text addressing? Then, identify and explain the thesis of your paper.

 

II. Textual Concerns (2-3 pages)

A. Textual Analysis

  1. According to this psalm, who/what is the psalmist seeking protection from? Is the psalmist seeking protection from internal and/or external threats?

  2. According to this psalm, what characteristics of the deity warrants the psalmist to seek help from YHWH?

  3. Are there alternative source(s) of protection represented or presupposed in this psalm? Why is YHWH preferable to these alternative source(s) of protection?

B. Interpretation

1. Is this psalm addressing a particular or universal situation and/or persons? Be sure to delineate your response with textual support.

2. According to this psalm, what kind of role (e.g. passive, active) does a person who feels threatened haven remedying that threat? What is the reasoning for the kind of role assigned?

 

 

III. Contemporary Significance (2-3 pages)

A. Trial of God

  1. According to the priest, what protection does he recommend to the Jews in the play? What role does he play in mediating that protection? Does the priest play an active or passive role in mediating protection?

  2. In rejecting the protection offered by the priest, what kind of protection and from whom do the Jewish characters in the play seek protection? Explain referring to specific characters.

B. Interpretation

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1.According to the play, in the absence of divine action, could violence be justified as a response to violent threat? Does the play prescribe a passive or an active role for a person feeling threatened? Explain.

2. What do you think would be the verdict at the end of the trial? Explain. 

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