Lecture 25 - Every literate person read the bible up until...

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Every literate person read the bible up until the 19 th century After that, the bible wasn’t read in families and churches except for doctrinal purposes and liturgical purposes ie Sunday school and masses. The bible isn't read as a whole in the 20 th century. The bible is inescapable and is possibly more important than the classical tradition in literature. The bible informs the structures of western literature. This is the case for erotic poetry from the song of songs. The structure of a fall and wandering in the wilderness, that paradise can be regained and an apocalypse are biblical terms inaugurated in the bible. The bible studied here is the Christian bible in this restricted sense, with the old and new testament. For the Hebrew bible this is a huge condescension. The books of the old testament are taken from Hebrew scriptures, translated into Greek in a text called Septuagint. When this was written in koine Greek, the popular Greek, the readers didn’t have to learn Hebrew after this. The books of the old testament are in the Christian bible, in a different order than in the
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course VIC 201 taught by Professor Julianpatrick during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Lecture 25 - Every literate person read the bible up until...

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