Exegetical Essay on GENESIS 11:1-9

The descendants of Ham, fearing scattering and slavery that was promised in Gen.9:25-27, had intended to make the name for themselves by building the Tower of Babel. According to chronological studies, they should have spent three years to prepare construction materials and no less than twenty two years to build the tower in Shinar, the Babylonian kingdom. One of the ancient legends states that each of the so-called ‘bricks’, used for the construction, was 20 feet long, 15 feet wide and 7 feet thick. It is considered that the confusion of languages had happened 101 years after the Flood and 326 years before the calling of Abraham, in the fourth generation of the account of Shem, Ham and Japhet, Noah’s sons. The Tower of Babel became the symbol of pride, disobedience, and self-confidence from humans’ part and God’s control over humanity.

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Essay on Gnostic Elements in the Gospel of John

The Church of Jesus Christ takes it origins in Jewish religion. For centuries, Jews had been waiting for the coming of the Messiah, while the rest of the world wallowed in sins and idolatry. The Messiah had come, but His own people had not recognized His as a Redeemer of the world; thus, the spread of the Gospel to the gentiles had resulted in more than one hundred ‘born again’ Greeks for every converted Jew. The world was not expecting the Savior and good news were like a fresh wind. The new religion of peace, love and forgiveness was like a rain to dry lands. Nevertheless, the Church had faced the question: “Should the Greek, who is interested in Christianity, study Judaic conception and mentality of the Messiah, or there should be a new approach, which would be rooted in his own historical past and would lead to his attitude and heart? John was revealed this approach: the notion of “word” subsisted in both Jewish and Greek ideologies, which was a part of historical heritage of these races.

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Essay on the Role of Prayer and Religion to the Elderly

Religion has always been a great influence to people because they don’t know what will happen after they die. Religion helps people to believe that if there is an afterlife, which may not be negative, according to the things that they do in their life. Some people believe that there is no afterlife, and no God, but that is only an opinion. The church still has great influence on these people just because it is still a sacred thing, to worship. Religion also lets our minds settle down when someone dies because they will most likely be going somewhere other than this plane of existence.

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Essay on Significance of Talmud in Judaism

What is the Talmud and how does it relate to the Torah; what is its significance towards Judaism?

The word “Talmud” is translated from Hebrew as a “study”. It is the oral higher law in the Judaism that consists of several volumes. The origin of that religious literature dates back to the 2nd century B.C-6th century A.D. Talmud consists of two books: Mishnah and Gemara; the first one was written 300 years before the second one and both books have lots of authors and represent a code of laws given to the Jews. Mishnah is a set of court decisions that has been gathered during four hundred years. The Oral teaching that Moses grasped on Mount Sinai underlies this teaching. Mishnah was written down by Rabbi Judah Hanasi the famous Palestinian sage and lawmaker. The today’s Hebrew is the language of Mishnah. Along with the fact that it is a juridical treatise, it is a very precious historical source of those times’ life. (more…)