Saint Thomas Bible 07 class notes week 2_1

Saint Thomas Bible 07 class notes week 2_1 - THE TORAH THE...

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1 THE TORAH – THE PENTATEUCH A. Topic: Introduction to the Pentateuch Objective: Situate the development of the Pentateuch in its historical setting, its literary forms, and its  centrality in the life of Israel. 1. Psalm 113 [115];  Tallit 2. The history of the Torah (law/instruction)  / Pentateuch (five books/volumes):   Hebrew titles:  Genesis ( B’reshith ),  Exodus ( Shemo t),  Leviticus ( Va-Yikra ),  Numbers ( B-Midbar ),  Deuteronomy ( Ele Ha-Debarim ) - Pentateuch, Tetrateuch (up to Numbers with Deuteronomy forming the beginning of the  Deuteronomist history corpus), Hexateuch (with  Joshua as the fulfillment of possession of the promised land)? - Post-Exodus (1280 BCE) to post-Exilic (587-539 BCE): 900's to 400's BCE  - Israel’s great defining events & foundational theology; pivotal moments in the nation’s history - From c. 950 BCE (Monarchy David-Solomon): they begin to gather together a “sacred national history” (not separated from the history of the world) to c. 450 BCE  (Post-Exilic, Persian Period); a “salvation history,” from the Creation to the Exile
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- From the perspective of Exile - painful condition of uprootedness; Torah - promise and hope  - The Pentateuch - Ancient Israel’s ‘family album’; the collection of its national social-cultural  documents that define their common identity - A ‘theological narrative,’ a ‘common national story’; the form of a ‘journey’ from Creation to  the eve of Israel’s settlement in the Promised Land; a history of election & redemption   - Israel interpreted its history and life theologically. - Compiled eventually as ‘a book’ (“Book of Moses,” although Moses is not the author); the  “Mosaic Age” is the normative age (ideal period but not without its problems) 3. Authorship : - first challenge to Mosaic authorship (Middle Ages Jewish scholar, Abraham Ibn Ezra)  - “Documentary Hypothesis” or “Four Source Theory” (Julius Wellhausen, 1844-1918); four  ‘authors’ (or ‘schools’; we don’t know how many) collect traditions as well as other Near Eastern  myths and shape them according to their own theological perspective.   A different understanding  of authorship  - the Pentateuch was an on-going project for Ancient Israel.  The Pentateuch is a  composite  of distinct and diverse currents of traditions from various times and places unified and  structured as an  organic  (not uniform)   whole with binding themes  such as ‘promise and  fulfillment’, ‘covenant’ ( berit Examples
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course RST 243 taught by Professor Rodriguez during the Spring '08 term at St. Thomas FL.

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