Humanity, in the Book of Revelations is also punished and was being prepped for the coming of the Lord and at the end of the punishment, the Lord replaced the Old Earth with a New Earth and there is no more suffering or death, and the curse ended (22: 6-21). Yes, I think the Book of Revelations is an expanded version of the Book of Job.The story of Ruth in the Bible is seemingly put there to explain David’s ancestry and nothing else. Esther’s story, on the other hand, merely recounts of the Festival of Purim came to be. The reasons for their places in the bible appear trivial but they are, in fact, not. Ruth, with her familial relations to King David, may as well be the New Abraham and Esther’s story of saving her people can make her the female counterpart of Moses. Abraham and Ruth, both ancestors of the great character in the Bible, even shared the same experiences like barrenness and famine (Abraham went down… Gen 12:10 and There was famine in the land… Ruth 1:2 ) and they traveled the same sojourn too. Esther’s story of saving her people was similar to that of Moses’ story too. Both were leaders or at least people of power and both are liberators of their people in a foreign place and they also kept their faith a secret at first. Even the festivals are parallel: The Passover celebrates the deliverance of Israel through the Passover while the Purim celebrates the Israelite’s survival on Haman’s pogrom. This implies that the Bible puts importance to women, and is, in fact, a gender-sensitive book, especially in this respect.Form criticism attempts to trace a scripture from its early days in oral literature. Now in 2 Samuel 12:1-4 (The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor…”). Remember this is also a story of David, and he is a King. In lavish feasts, the Kings use the lamb that was raised by the poor man. The poor man does not get to enjoy his sacrifices for his lamb, but the rich do, as reminders for them to be humble at all times. This parable was probably intended to say in front of Kings or other leader. This was also probably done at coronation ceremonies too. The Book of Leviticus, which is generally a wide-ranging guideline for good behavior, ethics, morals, laws and rituals, still resonate today. Cite a specific verse and give a contemporary example on how it
Holy Bible: The New King James Version: Containing the Old and New Testaments. Ed Arthur Farstad. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.
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