Shaye J.D. Cohen[email protected]LA C-70 Week 1: The contents of the Hebrew BibleThe Bible is an anthologyFour 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 BiblesDate:
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