Intro to Bib Lit- Essay 3 history of bible

Intro to Bib Lit- Essay 3 history of bible - Biblical...

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Biblical History and the Meanings Beneath It Throughout the Bible, there are several passages let alone whole chapters dedicated to discussing the subject of Israelite history. From the lengthy genealogies of Genesis, to Moses’ review of the Exodus of Israel in Deuteronomy, the Bible offers consistent discussion of historical events. History, in a modern sense of the word, refers to a careful review and literal recounting of actual events for the purpose of acquiring factual information. The Bible, however, tackles history in a very diverse way. While it does offer airtight genealogies of Israel’s ancestry, it more often discusses the meaning of historical events through the use of narrative stories. In short, the nature and purpose of history in the Bible is not to focus upon a timeline-like record of actual events, rather it serves to illustrate and explain important lessons to the ancient Israelite community, as evidenced by the Bible’s famous accounts of the Exodus, King Manasseh, and Goliath. The story of the Exodus clearly illustrates the Bible’s focus on the application of history to everyday life, as seen in Moses’ early dissemination of law to the Israelites. In Exodus 13, Moses tells
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