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CT253 Lecture Notes - Israelites

Contemporary Studies
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Barry Stephenson

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Ancients and Moderns
September 12th, 2012
Week 1, Thursday
Slide 1: Genesis title page.
Slide 2: Structure:
Chapter 12: patriarchal histories. Stories of abraham etc.
First 11 chapters, mythological chapters. (Garden of Eden is mythological)
Chapters have been a rich source of reflection etc.
Slide 3: cain killing abel (painting)
Slide 4: Objectives: Think about God figure in the book. Exp: god has many names.
Slide 5: How to read genesis.
Extrinsic and Intrinsic authority. Extrinsic: “Buck stops with the Bible”. Intrinsic: Historically
Logos: Factually scientific, historic literature.
Mythos: Divine, Sacred literature.
Slide 6: Literary, Aesthetic, Humanistic.
Slide 7: Myth, Folklore.
Slide 8:A little history , 5000- agricultue, cities. Temples pallets and civilzation
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Slide 12: the text is a blend of several different authors blended together by an editor. Genesis 1-2:4.
Name of the god's different after that.
Slide 13: Creation. Humans and Heavens not called Good. We are made in the image of god so that
may be why. God's the narrator, not talking to anyone but he narrates the scene. “Our image” = trinity
as seen by christians. Early hebrew and Israelites saw that as talking to other gods, because they
believed in multiple gods.
Slide 14: Second Creation, The names of God. Begins at 2:4.
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