RLG202H5 Lecture : Lecture #3 - Monarchs, Prophets, and Priests

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The jewish people, whether they experienced the exodus from egypt personally or not, identified with the exodus. Seen as a metaphor of going from slavery to a people with a destiny! Celebrated from antiquity until today through the 8 day passover festival. Late bronze age = 1500-1200 bce (canaanite era) Iron age = 1200-1000 bce (israelite era) 2 ways people identify with conquest of canaan. Through conquest they fulfilled the destiny of god. Domestic tools, weaponry, jewelry, cult and funerary objects, cosmetics, stone vessels. Came into canaan in order to have their sheep and goats to graze in fields. Over time, the hebrew nomads didn"t return to the desert but instead stayed in the city. Entered peacefully with sheep and goats (natural way not sinister plot) Israelites were strengthened and subdued the canaanites. Hebrew bible is a composite work written and edited by anonymous writers. Julius wellhausen and karl heinrich graf (2 german scholars in the late 19th century)

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