This course provides a detailed study of the first five books of the Bible. Holy Scripture is emphasized.
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Read entire book shown in each lesson to answer the quiz questions using a short response. E-mail quiz to email@example.com and an 80% mastery is required.
"The Old Testament in the New Testament Church"
by Protopresbyter Michael Pomanzansky
Instructions: Read entire book and write a book report on it. Include some of your personal impressions and insights at the end of your report. Then answer the Quiz questions. If possible, give page and paragraph references in your quiz answers. You will have two weeks to complete this assignment. Please be sure to keep a copy of your work before sending the original to ST. MICHAEL ACADEMY OF ESCHATOLOGY, P.O. BOX 7007, WEST PALM BEACH, FL, 33405.
- What is the Septuagint?
- What are the Old Testament books called by the Western Church?
- St. Paul the Apostle states to Timothy that " all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in Righteousness." (2 Tim.3: 15-16). Explain what St. Paul meant by this statement.
- What happened at the Council of Jamnia in 90 A.D.?
- What is the reason the Old and New Testament is accepted by the Church?
- What does the Church show by accepting the Old Testament scriptures?
- What references do the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles make to the Old Testament scriptures? Use the Bible and give chapter and verse references. List 5 or more.
- What portion of Old Testament does the Church regularly use in her services?
- Is the theory of some non-traditional churches true, when they refer to the Old Testament as done away with since there is the New Testament? Explain briefly.
- How does the Church treat many of the Old Testament writings in their services?
- How does the Church compare the events revealed in the Old Testament and the New Testament? Cite the comparisons the author has given? Give a brief comment.
- All the Law and the Prophets point to Christ. The New Testament is Christ fulfilling The Law and the Prophets. Do you think you can have one without the other?
- Can you only live by the word of God or must you also have the apostolic succession To give its guidance and traditions? Explain.
- Which book is in the spirit of slavery and which is in the spirit of sonship? And why?
- What do Orthodox Christians say about the difference between an icon and an idol?
- Explain why the Holy Trinity is One God and cite what The Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from The Father, inspires in the Church in her Traditions.
- Explain what you think is the role of The Old Testament in the New Testament Church.
- How did the Passover in the Old Testament manifest itself in the New Testament? Who is the Bread of Life? How do we do the commandment in St. John 6 in the Church? How is it manifested in the Church?
"The Orthodox Septuagint" by Dale E. Heath
Instructions: You may request to purchase a copy of the book. However, by using search engines on the internet you could locate these answers. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the quiz and keep a copy for you. An 80% is needed to pass.
- What is the period of time the Greek Old Testament was adopted as "Scripture" in the Orthodox Church? By whom? How did other Orthodox men of God feel about it? And why?
- What is the Western translation of the Hebrew Old Testament by St. Jerome called? What is the date of his translation?
- There are differences between the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Please cite them and explain them.
- What was the first schism in the original Church and when did it occur? What happened?
- What is the "Filioque" clause? Explain the relationship of The Holy Spirit to The Holy Father and The Son in the Catholic Church and then in the Eastern Orthodox Church. What is the view of the Protestants? Do you believe that the "Filioque" clause divides The Holy Trinity?
- What year was the "Divine Liturgy" translated into Latin for the Western Church and why?
- What is the Nicene Creed? Explain it by giving Holy Scripture references.
- What is a Patriarchate? What were the five Patriarchates? Are they the same today?
- Name the Ecumenical Councils, what time periods they met, what they did, who was involved and what was the outcome of each.
- Who is the "Theotokos"? And what is the view of The Catholics, The Eastern Orthodox, and Protestants on the "Theotokos?
- What were the Arian heresies? Why was there a Council called together by Emperor Constantine in 325? What was the outcome?
- Who was St. John Chrysostom? When did he live and what did he do?