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SCTR 19 - "Religions of the Book" - Winter 2007

Fr. Felix Just, S.J.
Dept. of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Daily Worksheets - Section 1

Group Project/Presentations
March 7 - 16, 2007

Worksheet #18 – Prophets: Moses, Jesus, Muhammad (for Wednesday 3/7/07)
Presented by Fr. Just & Peer Educators

1) Acc. to the HB readings and the Judaism 101 webpage, what kind of “prophet(s)” do Jews expect in the future?

2) How do the selected NT writings compare Jesus with Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, and other prophets of ancient Israel?

3) Based on the selected readings from the Qur'an, what do Muslims believe about Moses and about Jesus?

Worksheet #19a – Abraham & Family (for Friday 3/9/07) - front side
Group # 5: Mike Abell; Marc Fuller; Michael Musgrove

1a) How does God reward Isaac and Abraham, according to the Hebrew Bible? (cite specific biblical references)

1b) How does God reward Ishmael and Abraham in the Qur'an? (cite specific Quranic references)

2) How is Jesus related to Abraham, according to the Gospel of John? (again, cite specific biblical references)

Worksheet #19b – Jerusalem / Holy Land (for Friday 3/9/07) - back side
Group # 4: Aaron Cator; Molly Leaverton; Jessica Power

1) From the assigned scripture readings, explain how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each views the Holy Land, and how the notion of a Holy Land is treated in the scriptures.  Please cite references for specific texts where you see this.

2) Based on the assigned secondary readings, do you think the notion of "Holy War" is affirmed in any of the scriptures used by the three “Religions of the Book”?

3) What are your own thoughts regarding the ongoing struggle over the Holy Land?  Do you think the media fairly represents the motives for each religion’s stake in the ongoing conflict?

Worksheet #20a – Women in HB, NT, and Qur’an (for Monday 3/12/07) - front side
Group # 3: Cierra Cass; Chad Greer; Dani Lencioni

1) Based on the assigned passages from the Books of Ruth and Esther (and your previous readings of these books!), what are some similarities between these two exemplary biblical women?

2) After reading the selected stories from the Gospels of Luke and John, what do you think about the relationship of women with Jesus, and hence also about the status of women in the Early Christian Church?

3) Based on Surah 33 and the other readings from the Qur’an concerning Mary, mother of Jesus, what characteristics do you see in common between Mary and “the wives of the prophet”?

Worksheet #20b – Women in Western Religions Today (for Monday 3/12/07) - back side
Group # 6: Janel Alimboyoguen; Gwyneth Calipjo; Julia Conley; Elly Guadarrama

1) According to Proverbs, how is the ideal wife expected to behave? How does this compare or contrast with the view of the ideal wife today?

2) Do you feel that the role of women today is in line with the selected readings from the NT? Explain you answer.

3) What is the basis in the Qur'an for women wearing the hijab? (cite specific references)

Worksheet #21a – Sexual Norms & Practices (for Wednesday 3/14/07) - front side
Group # 1: Michael Cassolato; J.P. Goethals; Connor Kinzer; Peter Vaughan

1) Based on the readings from the HB, what are some of the punishments for sexual sin described?

2) Based on the readings from the NT, in what ways and circumstances is sex encouraged? In what situations and for what reasons is it discouraged? Explain your answers, with specific biblical references.

3) In the readings selections from the Qur'an, sex is described as a gift from Allah to be used in a special way. How is sex used so as to not violate these words of the Qur'an?

Worksheet #21b – Marriage Rites & Expectations (for Wednesday 3/14/07) - back side
Group # 2: Daniel Gondi; Katherine Lao; Lue Tao

1) What does each religion’s scriptures say about why a man and woman should get married? (cite specific references)

  • HB:
  • NT:
  • Qur’an:

2) Based on the primary readings, how is divorce viewed in each religion? (cite specific references)

  • HB:
  • NT:
  • Qur’an:

Worksheet #22a – Inter-Religious Dialogue (for Friday 3/16/07)
Presented by Fr. Just & Peer Educators



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