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ANCIENT HEBREWS The Old Testament – Contains 39 books and . . . –Is the first part of the Christian Bible , identical in content with the Hebrew scriptures (though divided somewhat differently). –Contains 17 historical books (Genesis to Esther); 5 poetical books (Job to the Song of Solomon); and 17 prophetic books (Isaiah to Malachi) –It is a history of Israel—its laws given by God, its failure to live up to those laws, and its return to God’s love and redemption. The Pentateuch –Relates the history of the Jews from the Creation to the death of Moses. –It is comprised of the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). –It contains THE TORAH , or law of Moses, believed to be the revealed word of God given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Abraham –Founder and first patriarch of the Hebrews (Hapiru Tribe). Given a covenant (agreement) by Yahew (Jehovah, God of the Hebrews) to migrate (ca. 2500-200 B.C.E.) from Ur to a “Promised Land (Canaan ).
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Abraham and his wife, Sarah, were childless for many years. At the age of nearly 100, and at Sarah’s urging, Abraham fathered a child by his non-Hebrew handmaiden, Hagar . –This child was Ishmael (whose name first meant “may
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HUMANITIES hum2271 taught by Professor Richards during the Spring '08 term at Tallahassee Community College.

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