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Lecture 03 - RLGA02

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Lecture 02 RLGA02H3 Monday, January 21, 2013 Hebrew Bible - Pentateuch; Tanakh (acronym: TNK) - 1. Torah o Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus; Numbers; Deuteronomy - 2. Prophets (Nevi’im) - 3. Writings (Ketuvim) - 5 books of Moses Sacred History - History, sacred history, and narrative - Creation stories o 1. “Cosmic”: Creation of order out of chaos o 2. Adam and Eve  Garden of Eden (Tree of?)  Later interpretation: (P.38) - Noah  (Commonality of flood myth in Mesopotamia) – Theme of tradition? - The world of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs o Abraham  Covenant (Circumcision)  Demythologizing nature  Reward/Punishment  Isaac  Hebrew lineage  Ishmael  Arabs o Jacob (“Israel”)  Israelites - Moses and The Law o Egypt as starting point of Exodus o 2 key experiences  1. Burning bush  2. Mt. Sinai o Exodus  Ten commandments  Ark of the covenant  Promise land (Canaan)  Still in “Sacred History” mode Judaism Timeline - c. 1800 bce: traditional date of Abraham, legendary first patriarch - c. 1250 bce: traditional date of Exodus (Moses leading Hebrew out of Egypt) - c. 1000 bce: Jerusalem = capital of Israelite, kingdom under King David - c. 950 bce: first temple (King Solomon) - 721 bce: end of northern kingdom, destroyed by Assyrians - 586 – 539 bce: first temple destroyed (exile of Israelites in Babylonia – “Babylonian Captivity” Second Temple Era - Offers a pig to Zeus – sacrifice a pig, because it is the most
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