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The Bible Lecture 1 and 2; Hebrew Bible, Genesis.docx

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Hebrew Bible Lecture 1 - Exodus  The plotline of the A. and the Bible are essentially the same  Differences o The religion; Monotheistic vs. Polytheistic o Land based culture vs. Sea based culture o A. Written from those who were in power, the nobility class, the ruling class. Exodus was the opposite, those who are out of power and are oppressed.  The Exodus rejects the idea of annexation, subjugation, of imperial over reaching  Second difference that’s major is religion Slide  Polytheism (poly ‘many’ + theos ‘god’)  Monolatry (mono ‘one’ + latros ‘worship’)  Monotheism (mono ‘one’ + theos ‘god’ o Tutelary Deity: God of Israel (protective deity) o Universal Deity: God of the Whole World Slide 2  1-4 Israel in Egypt; Calling of Moses  5-13 Encounters with Pharaoh o 5-10 – first 9 plagues o 11-13:16 – 10 plague, Passover, and escape  13-15 Crossing the Red Sea  15-18 Crises in the Wilderness  19-24 Revelation at MT Sinai  25-31 Instructions for the Tabernacle  32-34 Golden Calf; Covenant Restored  35-40 Building of the Tabernacle Hebrew Bible (Lecture 2) Genesis  Monotheism developed because of the Israelites who were in between two great empirical powers  The divine will no longer expresses the divine will of the social hierarchy  What we mean by the term ‘bible’ o Ancient Greek, the bible meant plural for book, ie books, a collection of books  Main differences Genesis is formed on o A historical manifestation of Divine Will  Ancient Near Eastern Polytheist Myths  The primordial past of creation (the creation story) is severed frmo the present  It is re created through ritual re-enactment
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