RELG 202 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Orthodox Judaism, Cites, Jewish Holidays

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Published on 15 Apr 2013
School
McGill University
Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELG 202
Lecture 5 RELG 202 1/21/2013 7:14:00 AM
Summarizing Genesis 12-36
Difficult to summarize because it was an oral tradition… just
generation to generation
Social context of a text is a fight between men and women.. many
conflicts so the final version has to smooth out
Why is everyone so old?
o In retelling some generations were probably missing
Women seem to be second string to their husbands but they are
very important
Between the scribes, patriarchs and matriarchs it is like a TV
drama! Family saga’s
2 main characteristics of biblical stories:
o entertainment
o education
promotes value of faith and trust… covenant is very personal God
must trust Abraham! WORK IN PROGRESS.. kind of an experiment
(things can go wrong)
family is the model of the relationship between god and Abraham
interesting sibling rivalry
if God and his people follows the model of a family.. shows that god
too changes!!
In later texts they introduce wisdom as a female figure
Uses the GENRE SUMMARY to summarize biblical Israel : a
summary of the history of Israel
What is the religion of the Patriarchs?
Fear
Lots of cultic elements.. sacrifice then something good happens to
them (sacrifice is a huge religious part)
o Circumcision is kind of a sacrifice (done by the head of the
family)
Large mention of elders and their importance
Hebron is one of the sites that Abraham sacrificed… still so
important today for orthodox jews and palestenians
PRAYER, SACRIFICE, CULTIC CITES, CIRCUMSICIONS, SABBATH
Burial practice (graves, you visit, etc)
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Difficult to summarize because it was an oral tradition just generation to generation. Social context of a text is a fight between men and women many conflicts so the final version has to smooth out. Why is everyone so old: in retelling some generations were probably missing. Women seem to be second string to their husbands but they are very important. Between the scribes, patriarchs and matriarchs it is like a tv drama! 2 main characteristics of biblical stories: entertainment, education. Promotes value of faith and trust covenant is very personal god must trust abraham! In later texts they introduce wisdom as a female figure. Uses the genre summary to summarize biblical israel : a summary of the history of israel. Lots of cultic elements sacrifice then something good happens to them (sacrifice is a huge religious part: circumcision is kind of a sacrifice (done by the head of the family) Large mention of elders and their importance.

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