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Lecture 1 - The Parts of the Whole

Lecture 1 - The Parts of the Whole

This video was recorded at YALE RLST 145 - Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) with Professor Christine Hayes. This lecture provides an introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible and its structure and contents. Common misconceptions about the Bible are dispelled: the Bible is a library of books from diverse times and places rather than a single, unified book; biblical narratives contain complex themes and realistic characters and are not "pious parables" about saintly persons; the Bible is a literarily sophisticated narrative not for children; the Bible is an account of the odyssey of a people rather than a book of theology; and finally, the Bible was written by many human contributors with diverse perspectives and viewpoints. Reading assignment: Jewish Study Bible [henceforth JSB]: Introduction to Genesis, pp. 8-11; Gen 1-4 Resources: Handout: A Brief Synopsis of the Tanakh [text]

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