- Analyze the relationship between tradition and scripture. Is one more important than another? What does it mean to say scripture is traditional? How does tradition help us understand and interpret scripture?
- Explain the relationship between Creation, the Tabernacle and the Temple, and ritual purity. How does the Babylonian exile relate to this relationship? Consider what “order” means in this context.
- What is the significance of the first born for the Hebrews? What does this have to do with the binding of Issac? What about circumcision? And how are circumcision and the days of creation and the Israeli calendar interrelate?
- Consider the two ways one can read the Exodus story. Is the protagonist God or Moses or another human? Who is this protagonist fighting? What does this have to do with creation? And how does this explain the long pause at Sinai?