Genre Badge:

A story needs to have many different moods. The bible is essentially one big story, and in that story it is composed up many different genres that are all connected. The Old Testament and New Testament are connected through writings of Jesus. For instance the Old Testament can be seen as background information with ideas that don’t necessarily have the answer. In the New Testament, these answers become clearer. Without reading one story, another story might not be as clear. For example, not reading Adam and Eve, god's creation, which is empowering, and fulfilling, you will not see the change from good to evil. The action of such in the bible connects the stories because 2,000 years ago everything was not as perfect as god wanted it to be, even though he had the power to see it through.

Apocalyptic: A genre that sticks out to me in the bible is apocalyptic writings. These writings are interesting because every life comes to an end. It is natural for life to end, and like a human body the earth has a due date too. Apocalyptic stories are not meant to scare us, but rather inform us. They are a prediction to what might happen, and link to every style of writing as a closure for earth.

Gospel: Another important genre in the bible is the gospel stories. These stories are so important because they transfer the “good news”. The good news states that Jesus is the Messiah and he shows the people a new way of living. These writings are mostly about the final years of his life during his teaching. Gospels also go into detail about arrest, trial and death.

Prophecy: This genre is important in the New Testament because it talks about future events. It shows God’s control over the world and how he has a plan for everything. For example in the Old Testament direct prophecy is shown when the Messiah was predicted to be born in Bethlehem. Meanwhile, prophecies that were seen as fulfillment could be considered indirect prophecies.


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Great Flood Badge:

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Manu and the Fish:

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The Flood Myth of Hawaii:

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Noah’s Ark:

Similarities + Differences:

All of these flood stories have something in common. A character is instructed by someone of a higher power to build a ship in protection of a giant flood. These floods are supposed to eliminate all of mankind, but if the person who was instructed follows the proper protection methods he will live. In Noah’s Ark he was instructed to build a giant ship to house animals. In “Manu”, a giant fish instructed Manu to build a ship to bring him to the mountain top. In Nu’u, he was instructed to build a ship with a house on it to save his family. When I think of a flood, I imagine total elimination, but what’s interesting about all of these stories is that a select group was chosen to live. It is God’s way of giving a chance, and if you follow his guidance you will live. If not, all of mankind will be eliminated. All of these stories show the power of god. He has the ability to build earth and destroy it. The degree of the flood was significant, and events seemed to happen for a reason. At the end of the readings it’s interesting to think what would happen if there was not a flood? If there was another disaster? Would someone else be talked about other than Nu’u, Manu, or Noah?

Psalms Badge:

Determination: “ I pursue and overtake my enemies; until I have made an end of them I do not turn back.” [Book 1] PSALM 17:4 18 Line: 37
Generous: “Now I will rise,’ says the Lord,’ for the poor are plundered, the needy groan; I shall place them in the safety for which they long.” [Book 1] PSALM 12:4 12 Line 5

Powerful - Mr. Incredible - The Incredibles
Bitterness- The Joker - The Dark Knight
Love - Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace - The Fault In Our Stars
Compliance - Fogell - Superbad
Hope - Vince Papale - Invincible
Leadership - Herb Brooks - Miracle on Ice
Encouraging - Yoda - Star Wars A New Hope
Determination - Chuck Noland - Cast Away
Fearless - Rambo - First Blood
Generous - Andy - Toy Story 3

Finals Badges:

Pop Culture:

Son of God (2014) - In this film, letters, and gospels were primarily mentioned in this film. In one of the scenes Jesus was on a fishing trip and a friend next to him said how there were no fish to be caught here, Jesus then pulled up a large net and talked about how he will change the world. The gospels are a key talking point because the movie is about the spread of Christianity and how Jesus brought the good news around the world.

Noah (2014) - In this film Genesis is a focal point as the film represents the story of Noah’s Ark. The story of downfall and earth turning into a bad place is relevant in this because God will destroy all of mankind. Of course Hollywood puts a spin on things and adds an apocalyptic feel, along with other cinematic values, all parts of the story are represented in the bible.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) - This feature film discusses the Exodus book in the bible. In this story Moses embarks on a journey to set 400,000 enslaved people free of the Egyptian Ruler. This movie tells a story about triumph and glory. Moses’s actions are seen as an act of God.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - In this story religious themes were indirectly mentioned throughout the book, but at the very end the Gospels of John are noticed clearly when harry is “resurrected.”

The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - In this story, a direct correlation to the magical world of Narnia can be seen as earth and the creation of earth. Aslan is a Jesus figure in Narnia. He is the king, gentle, and guides those who follow him. Aslan was sacrificed on a stone to save his followers. An event that was most likely influenced by John in his writings about Jesus.

Gospel Badge:

There are multiple versions of the bible gospels because they were written by different people. Gospels were intended for a different group for a specific reason. For example, Matthew spoke to the Jews, and was heavily religious. Mark spoke to the Romans. Luke spoke to the Greeks, and John wrote to everyone. Eyewitness accounts at the time had problems because there was a lot of information floating around so the gospels stories were pieced together from that information. Everyone had their own interpretation and the stories were viewed differently depending on religion, background, or even where you were raised. Christ was seen as the other because he was not necessarily liked be all. In fact he was hated by a select group which lead to his crucifixion. Christ was an outcast who loved other outcasts. He gave love to those who were forgotten about like sinners and those with special needs.

Heresy Badge:

Gnosticism - This was a pre-christian movement that taught the world was created and ruled by an inferior being. This was based upon the idea of Gnosis, and is heresy of diverse beliefs.

Heresy - Is an opinion that you have that is different with established customs, or beliefs.

1) Heresy has different ideas that can contribute to religion as a whole. Heresy is Greek for choice. Someone has the choice to believe what they chose to believe in.

2) If work was destroyed we could not review it and teach to other people. Historical documents should not be destroyed it is our only way of knowing thoughts and ideas of those who lived before us.

3) By keeping and not destroying the documents people who might not have believed in this approach would still have the chance to read them if they considered change.

4) Ideas from canon text could also be relevant in heresy text. One is not necessarily more right than the other. Both are equally as right to their own people.

5) By destroying the text you are only closing off literary ideas. Ideas on Apostles, or Jesus writings that might have been told a particular way. It is like throwing out a part to the script, all have something to say, and could equally contribute.