Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Taoist Texts Response

Taoist texts can help deepen our understaning of early Chinese history for many reasons. For example Taoism is usually dated back to year 142 so it is a major part of Chinese history. Also Taoism was the politiical model for more than 2,000 years. In addition Taoism was a religion, culture, and lifestyle followed by many ancient chinese people. Taoist texts can also help our understanding of early Chinese history because of the large quantity found in the collection called the Taoist canon. The location of where the Taoist texts were found can also help our understaning of early Chinese history because it tells us where they settled and lived.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book of Job vs. The story of Moshe Yosef Daum's Parents

The story of Moshe Yosef Daum and Fela Nussbaum, the parents of Menchem, is very similar, but also very different to the story in the Book of Job. One similarity between the stories is that in both stories horrible things had happened to people involved, and they both questioned God as to why he was doing this to them. Another similarity between the two stories is that like Job, many Holocaust victims lost faith in God. Another similarity between the Book of Job and the story of Menachem Duam's parents is that often humans question God's intentions. For example Duam's mother and many others could not come to terms with how God allowed the Halacaust to occur. According to Duam's mothers beliefs why hadn't God made a miracle occur like he had before in the Bible? Another similarity between the two stories is that in both stories a character was given a new family after the terrible tragedy. In the story of Moshe Yosef Daum it was his mother and in the Book of Job it was Job. A difference between the two stories is that after Job had lost everything, he had gotten most of it back while the Holocaust survivors did not. A difference between the two stories is that in the Book of Job, Job had to be convinced to lose faith by his friends while Duam's mother did not have to be convinced. Another difference is the time periods in which they occurred. The Book of Job took place in Biblical times while the Holocaust occurred in the twentieth century.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book of Job Comparing and Contrasting

The Book of Job is very similar to other stories we have read in the Old Testiment, but also has some differences. An example of a similarity is that in both stories God is feared by man. For example both Job and Abraham are so scared of God that they never Questions his decisions or commandments. A similarity between the Book of Job and Noah's Ark is that they are both great men with lots of cattle. Another similarity between the Book of Job and Noah's Ark is that in both stories a natural disaster took lives away from humans.  A similiary between the Book of Job and the Story of Adam and Eve is that both contain evil. For example in the Book of Job Satan convinces God to torture Job and put his loyalty to God at risk. In the Story of Adam and Eve the Serpent successfully tempts Eve, to eat the poisonous apple. This act introduced humans to evil. There are some differences between the Book of Job and other stories we have read in the Old Testiment. For example Satan is present in the Book of Job. In other stories evil has been represented by the serpent. At first Job had not gotten angry or lost his faith in God. However, when his friends saw what God had done to him, they then caused Job to curse God.

Friday, September 30, 2016

High School: 1 Month In

After being a student at Roslyn High School for about a month, my thoughts and feelings have changed drastically since before school started, the first week in, and now. Before school I was very nervous that I'd get lost between every period and have tons of work each night. About a week in, I started to feel more comfortable getting around the school. Now, I am able to get around the schools easily and I'm comfortable with my workload. So far, the best thing about high school is the freedom that we have in high school that we didn't have in middle school. For example we are now able to go out for lunch. The worst thing about high school is the slightly increased workload compared to middle school.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

God Mind Map and Reflection

Before this assignment, I always thought God was perfect and only made decisions that would affect people and the world positively. However,  after completing this assignment, I learned that God makes decisions that hurt people and he regrets them later. I also learned that God likes to reward those who have done good. For example, after Noah built the ark for him and the animals, he let Noah live for 950 years, which is much longer than any other human gets to live for. In this situation God is showing Noah gratitude. Through out Genisis, God is setting up humans to be tested. His goal is to see how the humans will react to what he puts before them. Through out Genisis it is clear that God wants humans to make the right decisions but forces them into situations where that doesn't always happen.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Who's Fault is it that Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden?

I think it is God's fault that Adam and Eve got kicked out from the Garden of Eden. I think this for many reasons. One reason I think this is because God created this garden and forbade Adam and Eve from eating from the garden. This created temptation for Adam and Eve to eat. Furthermore, God created the serpent who tempted and teased Adam and Eve with the fruit. I believe that God wanted Adam and Eve to eat the apple. I believe this because in chapter 3 paragraph 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." This quote proves that because God had created man and woman in his image, and since God understands the difference between good and evil, God wanted man and woman to know the difference between good and evil too. This setup man and woman's ability to make decisions by creating the serpent and temptation to eat the apple. In order for Adam and Eve to ultimately have more responsibility, Adam and Eve needed to be able to make decisions. I also think God did this to show Adam, Eve, and the Serpent that he was the higher being and could do whatever he wanted to.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Epic of Gilgamesh vs Noah in Islam

There are hundreds of stories of floods told around the world, all with slight differences. The oldest of all of them is The Epic of Gilgamesh. Another world-wide known flood myth is Noah's Ark from the Old Testament. What many people don't know is that Noah is considered an Islamic prophet. These stories are very similar, but simultaneously very different. One difference between these two stories is that in The Epic of Gilgamesh only Gilgamesh, his family, and the animals while in the story of Noah in Islam Noah, his family, the animals, and a group of believers in god. One similarity between the stories is that in The Epic of Gilgamesh the storm lasted for 6 days and 6 nights while the length of the flood is unknown in the story of Noah in Islam.