They had a religious faith, a personal-community relation with Yahweh, and therefore saw patterns in history and in nature. Chicago: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2010. As Stephen was being stoned Saul saw him kneel and cry, in a prayer almost identical to that reported of Jesus at his death, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." 3. This covenant implies certain conditions: a. . There was no conception of individualism. The wilderness of Tekoa was twelve miles southeast of Jerusalem. Their entire ethic was spoken against this background of belief. The synoptic authors all relate the profession of his Messiahship to his view that he must suffer: "From that time," said Matthew, "Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things." These three usually have a spiritualistic emphasis that has been almost exclusively the product of the peculiar ways Greek meanings have been incorporated into Western comprehension and Hebraic understanding have been ignored. Would they leave him when the danger from Herod increased?, Brian. They were a combination of lawyer and theologian, a respected class of teachers who interpreted the Torah and gave guidance for daily living. Never has there been a more thoroughgoing pessimism than this. Here, for Amos was the final irony of the official religion, accusing him of "playing a prophet" while it used religion for its income, and referred to the religious sanctuary in nationalistic terms as "the royal shrine, the national temple." .My heart recoils, all my compassion kindles; I will not execute my anger fierce, to ruin Ephraim again, for I am God, not man, I am among you, the Majestic One, no mortal man to slay. The Pharisees saw what Jesus was doing: he was giving the law a kiss of death. A half century after the fall of Jerusalem Persia gained control of Babylon, and the policies toward defeated enemies were softened. Each promised endless fidelity. Each person strives for rectitude as they understand it, while working within the accepted values of a larger group dynamic. This purpose was accomplished mainly by an emphasis upon the Law, with moderate interpretations attempting to relate the Law to the common life. (c) Reason was employed by Paul in his ethic, but it was reason in the service of absolute "trust in God," not reason that served a "trust in reason." But essentially it was a will that his people, recognizing his sovereignty, worship him through a living dependence upon him and through the establishment of justice in human relations. Jesus, then, began to express the belief that in his life the purposes of God were being manifest. But that emotional shock, and secret doubts about his own position, only intensified his patriotic defense of Judaism, until gathering in intensity the inner conflicts deepened and his loyalties were radically changed. Your daughters play the harlot, matrons commit adultery . The Israelites never argue to the existence of God. So for Jesus: the faith in God as Father was not a theological doctrine but an experiential fact. The men themselves go off with harlots and sacrifice with temple prostitutes This brings a senseless people to their ruin-- liquor and lust deprive them of their wits. SUMMARY: THE GREEK PHILOSOPHERS AND THE HEBREW PROPHETS. For both economic and political reasons an enlightened Roman leadership allowed persons living in the provinces to become citizens of Rome. . Critics have long debated the interpretation of his diary, whether he wrote about his actual marriage experiences or whether he wrote in purely imaginative, allegorical style. . Hosea married a woman for whom he had a great love. It emerged about 621 with the A) discovery of a law book that became the basis of internal religious reforms and the nucleus of Deuteronomy. "We are his people: he is our God." The rivalry was now between Egypt and Babylon. 2. Jesus and Paul, like the prophets, did not have an ethic in the Greek, and usual philosophical, meanings of the term. Paul, living in the Jewish community in Tarsus, Cilicia was subject to many of the same intellectual and religious influences as Jesus, living in Nazareth, Galilee. Consequently for them an individual was never thought of as an embodied soul but as an enlivened body: as a unity. The nabi, then, were the spokesmen for Yahweh; and, claiming themselves to be chosen by Yahweh as His "messengers" and "interpreters," they helped to develop and clarify the Israelite faith. "The activity of Yahweh we see especially in history, but his activity is everywhere.". There are also many other prophetic writings to be found in the Bible. The Israelites began from an entirely different perspective. The body was not evil. In order to comprehend the Biblical ethic, therefore, it is essential to look with the prophets and not at them. Paul was a vastly different person from Jesus in temperament and moral experience, and he was clearly aware of those differences. (1) Paul's detailed interpretation of human life--the personal predicament of man and the activity of God--was something quite new. The punishment of history would follow the sin of the community. . It did not matter greatly to him whether or not Jesus thought himself to be a political Messiah. The individual prophets described in detail their interpretation of the moral commands but their interpretation was never expressed by rational analysis or by legal regulations. Through arduous labors they received their ethical insights, insights which became ethical truths transmitted through their speaking and writing. It is used to refer to any system or theory of moral values or principles. Neither was apocalyptic in the sense of predicting when and how the rule of God was to be established, but both were thoroughly eschatological in expectation that the final end of the old history was soon to come and an entirely new history would begin. This was not a norm even in the same sense that the will of God and love became moral norms. . In 586 Jerusalem was destroyed. But there was originality in his own response to the times. The major portion of the future as seen by Amos was all dark; the day of the Lord, as he said, was to be "pitch dark, with not a ray of light.". The term for heart (leb, lebab) in the Old Testament referred most often to the intellectual or volitional aspect of being human, quite often to the whole personality, and much less frequently as a synonym for the vague term "heart" which may refer to emotions such as joy and sorrow. : While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies. . The difference here was fundamental. He did not make the general statement, "Whoever would be great must be a servant;" he spoke directly to the disciples, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But he claimed to have the mind of Christ and inferred that mind was in control. Moreover, the fruits of the ethical life were made possible by the forgiveness of sins. But the nature of the demand was conditioned entirely by their beliefs about God and their personal relation to God. . Where there are differences between them, these differences can be explained by two facts: (1) the unique situation of each provided particular ways of thinking and speaking, e.g., Jesus was reported to have spoken of himself in Messianic terms as the Son of Man while Paul thought and spoke of Jesus as the"Christ;" and (2) Paul had more of a Greek and theological temperament than Jesus. Amos had no hope that the demands would be met, so he saw that an inevitable doom would fall upon Israel. God called individual men--Isaiah, Amos, Jeremiah--for specific tasks. The qualities of love could be characterized, as in Paul's poem in his letter to Corinthians, but finally, for Paul as for Jesus, love could not be defined. What is the sustenance of human life? The kingdom of Israel was destroyed in 721, perhaps while Hosea was still alive. The Pharisees had a belief in the resurrection of the dead. So Moses wrote down all that the Eternal had said; and next morning he erected an altar . For they both were convinced that something new had happened which, they believed, deepened or fulfilled the prophetic view. In so far as it is possible to speak of beginnings, the great prophetic faith began with Amos and Hosea and their understanding of this judgment and love. It has existed throughout the history of institutions, and good men (as in the case of Jesus and the Pharisees) have honestly disagreed about the major point at issue. Jesus did not make any statements about the universality of sin.