Hebrew Bible 11 - Hebrew Bible Lecture 10 o Are Joshua and...

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Hebrew Bible Lecture 10 o Are Joshua and Judges historical? Or are they trying to tell us of some other genre. Do the events that these readings really happen, do the man of those events really exist, and did they live their lives more or less than how the bible describes them? o Many Bible scholars agree that the Torah and Joshua and Judges were written well after they happened. To what extent do they describe those past events accurately? o Scholarship itself is especially divided on these topics. o Some defend it and say that by and large it is accurate. o Other scholars say that there is nothing historical about these books. o What is the origin of the Israelite nation? o Did these characters exist? o We really just can’t answer that question. They were semi-nomadic people who didn’t leave behind much evidence. o The generally picture is plausible but not at all provable. o Evidence for plausibility o Pastoralists : semi-nomads, who used donkeys, tended sheep. Movement of pastoralists from one part of ancient near-east to another is well known. Moreover, names of patriarchs and their ancestors, these personal names were present during Mesopotamia at that time. The names were Amorite names. Some of these names were not widely used later on. o Presence of Semitic slaves quite common. o
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