An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach by Sandra L. Gravett;Karla G. Bohmbach;F. V.

By Sandra L. Gravett;Karla G. Bohmbach;F. V. Greifenhagen;Donald C. Polaski

This pedagogically astute advent to the Hebrew Bible is designed in particular for undergraduates. It starts off with the main uncomplicated questions: from the place and whilst did the Hebrew Bible originate, how used to be it written, and the way did humans learn it? In concentrating on the basic query of the canon--Who are we?--it first supplies a lot cognizance to the difficulty of identification. Then it explores how the traditional Israelites equipped themselves by way of strength and country, and eventually, delineates the bigger questions of God and beliefs in the canon. the result's a stream of issues that's in response to different reviews of historical literature and tradition, with out ignoring the spiritual functionality of the Hebrew Bible. via paintings, images, literature, and pop culture, this article vibrantly offers the techniques of the Hebrew Bible, and provides a spouse site with checks and different pedagogical aids for lecturers.

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This last calendar is fluid since the present year date is always changing. , thousands if not millions of years ago). When dealing with such immense spans of time, a variation of tens or even hundreds of years makes no real difference. E. calendar means fixing it according to an absolute chronology. But how do historians correlate events reported in ancient texts as, say, occurring in the fourteenth year of the reign of so-and-so with our calendrical reckoning? The process is akin to putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle with many of the pieces either missing or broken.

Other peoples too have been identified at various times as descendants of the lost tribes, and a few immigrants to the state of Israel since 1948 have also claimed descent from the ten lost tribes. 010 Gravett Ch1 (1-40) 9/25/08 12:30 PM Page 35 The Samaritans Historians continue to debate exactly when and how the Samaritans originated. E. agree that Mount Gerizim, in the central highlands, served as both a geographical and religious focus. E. they built a temple on it. This latter act was no doubt prompted by their belief that Moses, at God’s command, instructed Joshua to build an altar on that spot.

Promised land” functions similarly, though it expresses the more specific belief that God gave this land as a divine gift to the ancient Israelites. In this textbook certain specific contexts will demand use of the terms Canaan, Palestine, or Israel. But given the particular cultural and/or political perspectives carried by each of them, the more general label Cisjordan, meaning “this side of the Jordan River,” will most often be used instead. Though still reflecting a certain standpoint—one privileging the west side of the Jordan River—specific religious, cultural, or political agendas attach themselves less obviously to it.

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