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Unformatted text preview: Shaye J.D. Cohen [email protected] LA C-70 Week 1: The contents of the Hebrew Bible The Bible is an anthology Four main types of books: • history (narrative) (which in the Torah includes law) • prophecy • wisdom (advice on how to live a good life; or books reflecting on the ways of the world) • hymns (the book of Psalms) The quadripartite arrangement of Christian Bibles (Law; History; Poetry/Hymns; Prophecy) is a variation on this. Biblical books derive from different groups/classes : • Priests (teach Torah); institutional home of priests was temple; cult of sacrifices • Prophets (speak the word of the Lord); not institutional; warning figures and social critics • Scribes (or sages) (give sage advice to upper class) This is reflected in the tripartite arrangement (Torah; Prophets; Writings) of Jewish Bibles Date: nominal/ostensible/fictive date for all the Biblical books is not later than the mid fifth century...
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2010 for the course GEN ED c-70 taught by Professor Shaya during the Fall '09 term at Harvard.
- Fall '09