My Graduation Commencement Ceremony from Westminster Theological Seminary
Questions about the Book of Job
The Book of Joshua:
1- How is the theme of national unity highlighted in the book of Joshua, for instance, in stories like the construction of an altar by the Transjordan tribes?
2- How is the promise of Israel’s land inheritance fulfilled in Christ?
3- What does the book of Joshua teach us about God’s character as a warrior for his people?
4- What are some ways that the theme of covenant loyalty and renewal in Joshua apply to Christians today?
5- Why did God command the destruction of the Canaanites in the book of Joshua?
6- What are some ways that the theme of victorious conquest in Joshua applies to present-day Christians?
7- How does the Book of Joshua emphasize God’s divine power to defeat his enemies?
8- How do we know that God’s call to destroy the Canaanites was not just a call for ethnic cleansing?
9- How should Christians interpret Old Testament commands for Israel to engage in divinely-sanctioned holy war?
10- What are some ways that the theme of national inheritance in Joshua apply to Christians today?
11- How does the book of Joshua emphasize the inclusion of “all Israel” in the Promised Land?
12- What is the significance of the covenant warnings given in Joshua 23?
13- What was the purpose of Joshua’s farewell speech in chapter 23 of the book of Joshua?
The Book of Hosea:
1- What did God intend to convey to the nation of Israel through Hosea’s marriage to Gomer and their children’s names?
2- How can we tell that the prophet Hosea ministered in the northern kingdom of Israel?
3- What was the prophet Hosea’s message to the northern kingdom of Israel?
4- How was Tiglath-Pileser III, king of Assyria, connected to events described in the book of Hosea?
5- What was the Syrian-Israelite coalition, and why was it formed?
6- How did prophets like Hosea function as God’s emissaries or ambassadors?
7- What evidence do we have that Hosea intended his book to be read in the southern kingdom of Judah?
8- What is the overall purpose for the book of Hosea?
9- What does Hosea mean when he says “out of Egypt I called my son” in Hosea 11:1?
10- Why did God allow his people Israel to fall to the pagan Assyrians?
11- What significance for Hosea’s overall message do we gain from the closure of his book in 14:9?
12- What did God intend to convey to the nation of Israel through Hosea’s marriage to Gomer and their children’s names?
13- What does Hosea’s family life teach us about a prophet’s role in representing God’s covenant with Israel?
14- Why does Hosea condemn foreign alliances in his book?
15- Why does Hosea provide such harsh condemnations of idolatry?
16- What hope for Israel does Hosea provide in 14:1-8?
1- What were the major concerns for the post-exilic prophets?
2- How was the prophetic office related to the covenant God established with Israel?
3- If God promised natural stability in his covenant with Noah, why do we still experience so many natural disasters?
5- How has the discovery of ancient Near Eastern treaties helped us understand biblical covenants?
6- In what ways did biblical covenants require loyalty?
7- What was Ezekiel’s main message to Judah?
8- How can identifying the different kinds of literature that appear in the prophetic books help us interpret them more responsibly?
9- Why did prophets write some of their prophecies as historical narratives?
10- Why did prophets sometimes use symbolic actions in their prophecies?
11- How does understanding the historical context help us interpret Isaiah 7?
12- What is the significance of the cows of Bashan in the oracle of judgment from Amos 4?
13- Why is it that some prophecies in Scripture don’t come to pass as predicted?
14- What do we learn about the influence of human reactions to predictions in the story of Jonah?
15- What does Leviticus 26 teach us about how God’s judgment might be increased when Israel doesn’t repent?
16- How are Old Testament themes of exile and restoration fulfilled now in the continuation of God’s kingdom?
The Holy Spirit:
1- Why should we believe that the spectacular, miraculous and revelatory spiritual gifts have ceased?
2- Why was God so patient and gracious toward Israel in the Old Testament?
3- Do you believe that the miraculous spiritual gifts have ceased or that they continue today?