Elijah means “Yahweh is my God”
Factors that led to spread of idolatry in Israel
The Israelites were not supposed to:
The following contributed to this:
A. The local Canaanite religion
The Canaanite religion had the following features/ qualities;
It was predominantly a nature religion related to forces of nature e.g. rain and drought. They were a means of maintaining the ordered harmony of nature and the life of the community/it was cyclic they repeated seasons.
It was polytheistic/ comprised of many gods and goddesses’ e.g.
Influence of the local Canaanite Religion
B. The religious schism between Judah and Israel
Ways in which King Jeroboam contributed to religious schism between Judah and Israel. 1Kings 12:25 – 33
C. King Ahab’s marriage with a Phoenician princess (I Kings 16:29 – 34)
The third factor that led to idolatry in Israel was Ahab’s marriage to Queen Jezebel who promoted idolatry in the following ways:
King David had the following weaknesses
KING DAVID’S IMPORTANCE
He was the second King of Israel, was anointed by Samuel after Saul failed and regarded as the most successful King in Israel.
Refers to his successes, achievement and qualities also King David’s achievements as the king of Israel
I Samuel 16:1 – 23, 2 Sam 6:1 – 19
The achievements of David as king of Israel
Why did the Israelites demand for an Idol / possible reasons for breaking the Covenant?
Effects of worshipping the Idol / Bull
THE BREAKING OF THE SINAI COVENANT
Reasons why the Israelites broke the covenant while at Mt. Sinai
QUALITIES OF A GOOD LEADER DRAWN FROM DAVID’S LEADERSHIP
A good leader should posses the following attributes:
Relationship between human beings and the environment from the creation stories
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CONCEPT OF EVIL
The following are some of the beliefs about the origin of evil;
Responsibilities given to human beings at creation
In what ways have human beings failed to carry out responsibilities given to them by God in Genesis I and 2
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN VIEW OF CREATION
This refers to the traditional African ideas about creation.
The African creation stories are different from one community to another and myths are used to explain them.
A myth can be defined as a story that explains the origin of something, some customs and practices. It has a deeper meaning and even tries to explain the origin of a community.
Common ideas in Traditional African views of creation
THE MEANING OF BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS OF CREATION
Comparison between the two accounts of creation:
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Summary of the ways Israelites worshipped God in the wilderness
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