Friday, October 7, 2016

The Book of Job vs. Holocaust Survivors: The Search for Faith

While reading both the Book of Job (part 1) and Holocaust Survivors: The Search for Faith, I've noticed that there are some similarities and differences between the two pieces of literature. For instance, In the Book of Job, Job is suffering with a loss of family and social class. Job loses all his brothers and sisters as well as his Kingdom. Job was a Leader of his civilization. In Holocaust Survivors: The Search for Faith, one of the characters ends up losing all his family but she survives. She started to question why God would make her suffer by allowing her to survive but killing all her family. In both stories, the characters end up having to suffer.
Although both stories share similarities, the also have differences. For example, in Holocaust Survivors: The Search for Faith, one of the characters have to suffer with the murder of her family where in The Book of Job, Job has to suffer with the withdrawal of his belongings.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Abraham vs Job

         Hi guys, I'm back with another blog post reflecting on the work I've done in my first month of High School English. So far, we have read the Epic of Gilgamesh, stories from The Old Testament and The Book of Job (part 1). I've noticed while reading both The Book of Job and the stories from the Old Testament, there are several similarities and differences in the two stories. For example, one similarity between The Book of Job and Sacrifice of Issac is that the two main characters have to deal with suffering and misery. In The Book of Job, Job has to experience the feeling of difficulty for the first time and goes into a withdrawal state of life. Satan takes away his brothers, his kingdom and his home. Now Job has no family, home or money and can't provide for himself. Something very similar happened in the story of the Sacrifice of Issac. Abraham was given a test by God to show his love towards him. Except, this Test is a huge difficulty for Abraham. He must Sacrifice his only son to show his affection for God. Abraham unwillingly accepts the challenge and climbs up to the mountains to Sacrifice his son. Abraham holds up the knife about to strike his son and right before he charges down with the knife God mentions to Abraham that he has passed the test by showing the effort to sacrifice his son. Abraham now has to live his entire life knowing that he almost killed his only son and going to be miserable.
One difference between the two stories is that in The Book of Job, Job has to suffer with the misery that is caused to him and him only. In the story of The Sacrifice of Issac, Abraham has to suffer knowing he killed his most prized possession.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

3700 year old tablet finally found!




In this article, I learned that they actually wrote about the plans for the giant flood myth. I thought that this entire flood myth was orally passed down until they had the idea of handwriting documents. I never knew 3700 years ago, they knew how to write. I always thought that handwriting was invented around 800 B. C.  I also learned that that these tablets were found in the mountains in the Middle East. Why would they be in the mountains? For what reason are people writing in the mountains for? Maybe they were writing in the mountains because they lived there. Maybe, they believed in keeping their civilizations on high elevations because of flooding. Unfortunately, a massive flood came and wiped out the entire Earth.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Characterization of God


While reading 6-9 in the book of Genesis, God is characterized as a high and powerful figure. He is the top man who manages everything. He can bring you life, but at the same token he can end your life. God is a man who can do anything. Through out my entire life, I've been raised to believe that God is the highest and best soul their is. But while easing Genesis, I've learned that God as well makes mistakes. For example, once the flood was over, he said that he would never again bring a flood an event like this to wipe out the entire Earth because he realized it was a bad decision. Thanks to God we are all where we are today.






Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Garden of Eden!!!



Once I finished reading the third chapter of The Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden for eating the fruit from the tree. A snake slithers into Adam and Eve's mind by convincing them to eat the fruit of Gods beloved tree. I think it's Adam and Eve's fault for eating the fruit because even though the serpent was trying to make them eat it, they could have just denied the serpent and not eat the fruit. For instance, in chapter 3, it mentions "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like god, knowing good and evil." God asked them not to eat of the tree so that we wouldn't have to deal with the evil in the world. The only thing that is understandable about Adam's choice to eat the fruit is temptation. Everyday human beings are being tempted or pressured to do something and it is part of out life due to Adam's decision to eat the fruit. If Adam never ate the fruit we would all be have a "heaven" on Earth. World peace and world hunger would not be a problem is Adam just trusted himself.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Epic of Gilgamesh vs. Inca Flood Myth


In both The Epic of Gilgamesh and the flood myth of the Inca's, they share a relevant event. Most cultures around the world have a story that is very similar to these two. The event that almost every culture share in their stories is a grand flood that wipes out the entire Earth. In Epic of Gilgamesh and the Inca flood myth, a character ends up saving living things such as human beings, animals and plants. They also both are told by someone else that their is going to be a mass flood and they need to find safety. Also, both floods are caused by the corruption mod the world and the depreciation.
Although both stories share many similarities, there are a few differences that distinguish one cultures flood myth to another's. The Epic of Gilgamesh's flood ends up lasting six days, six nights! In The Inca Flood Myth, the flood lasts months. Also, in Epic of Gilgamesh, Uta-napishti survived the flood by building a ship and sailing above the flood. In the Incan Flood Myth, the brothers survive the flood by fleeing to the mountains.

Sources:
-www.meta-religion.com › South_america
-Wikipedia › wiki › List_of_flood_myths
-The Institute for Creation Research › article

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