RLST 145 - Lecture 1 - The Parts of the Whole
Lecture 1 - The Parts of the Whole
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.
Jewish Study Bible [henceforth JSB]: Introduction to Genesis, pp. 8-11; Gen 1-4