Introduction to the Old Testament

Yale Course , Prof. Christine Hayes

Lecture 1: The Parts of the Whole

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Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) (RLST 145) with 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.00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible and Its Radical Ideas 16:10 - Chapter 2. Common Myths about the Bible29:33 - Chapter 3. An Overview of the Structure of the Bible40:17 - Chapter 4. Course OrganizationComplete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.eduThis course was recorded in Fall 2006.

Course Description :

The Parts of the Whole - The Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting: Biblical Religion in Context - Genesis 1-4 in Context-Doublets and Contradictions, Seams and Sources - Critical Approaches to the Bible: Introduction to Genesis 12-50 - Biblical Narrative: The Stories of the Patriarchs (Genesis 12-36)-Israel in Egypt: Moses and the Beginning of Yahwism (Genesis 37- Exodus 4) - Exodus: From Egypt to Sinai (Exodus 5-24, 32; Numbers) -The Priestly Legacy: Cult and Sacrifice, Purity and Holiness in Leviticus and Numbers

Biblical Law: The Three Legal Corpora of JE (Exodus), P (Leviticus and Numbers) and D-On the Steps of Moab: Deuteronomy - The Deuteronomistic History: Life in the Land - Response to Catastrophe -Hebrew Prophecy: The Non-Literary Prophets - Literary Prophecy: Amos - Hosea and Isaiah- Micah, Zephaniah, Nahum and Habbakuk - Perspectives on the Exile (Jeremiah, Ezekiel and 2nd Isaiah) - Responses to Suffering and Evil: Lamentations and Wisdom Literature - Biblical Poetry: Psalms and Song of Songs - The Restoration: 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah - Visions of the End: Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature - Alternative Visions: Esther, Ruth, and Jonah

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