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By David M. Carr

ISBN-10: 140518468X

ISBN-13: 9781405184687

This entire, introductory textbook is exclusive in exploring the emergence of the Hebrew Bible within the broader context of global heritage. It rather specializes in the impact of pre-Roman empires, empowering scholars with a richer knowing of previous testomony historiography.

  • Provides a ancient context for college students studying concerning the improvement and altering interpretations of biblical texts
  • Examines how those early tales have been variously formed by means of interplay with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Hellenistic empires
  • Incorporates contemporary learn at the formation of the Pentateuch
  • Reveals how key biblical texts got here to be interpreted via Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths
  • Includes a variety of student-friendly positive factors, similar to learn questions, evaluation sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos

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Thus the Jewish temple state was completely destroyed. The main form of Jewish life to survive this catastrophe was rabbinic Judaism, which grew out of the scholarship and leadership of the earlier, popular movement of the Pharisees. Study ing the Bible in Its Ancient Context(s) Later chapters of this Introduction will give details about all of these historical periods, correlating each of them with biblical texts. The aim here is to give a sense of how much Israelite history was shaped by relationships with various empires.

In their early oral form (no longer available to us), these stories and poems, often celebrating devious “tricksters” who triumph over all odds, formed part of a “collective memory” that helped distinguish the tribal-culture Israelites from the Canaanites surrounding them. At the same time, despite these differences in social organization and tribal tradition, you will also discover in this chapter ways that early Israel was more “Canaanite” in its religion and culture than you previously thought.

Such study of the poetic and narrative dynamics of biblical texts is distinct from study of how such texts have been interpreted by later readers, which is the history of interpretation. Historians of interpretation study how the story of the Exodus is featured in Islam, as well as its becoming central to both Judaism and Christianity. The exodus story is the centerpiece of the Jewish celebration of Passover and is a founding story for the Christian practices of baptism and eucharist. Meanwhile, cultural criticism has studied ways the exodus story is not just read in faith communities, but has entered popular culture, through media such as reggae music or movies like The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt.

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An Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible by David M. Carr

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