Lecture 27 - The Bible is not a text but a series of...

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The Bible is not a text but a series of intertexts. There isn't really a core, but a series of texts that echo each other. There is a clear sense of absoluteness in Genesis. Creation is supposed to be seen as a separation from chaos to cosmos. Creation is an act of separation and differentiation. This is echoed in Exodus, when Israel is separated from Egypt. Creation is Creation out of a watery chaos. The order of evening to morning is important. From Jewish theology, the day begins at sundown, so in the first centuries after Christ, they thought of it in a spiritual sense. The movement from a lesser light to a greater light is important. From this point, there is eternal daytime. The institution of the Sabbath, instituted in the law of Exodus, is sociological. The Sabbath also acts as an end of time. The Apocalypse, the end of the world, is described as the Sabbath of history. The covenant with Noah is unilateral. Humankind doesn’t have anything to do, it is about the prohibition of mass homicide from God. Winter is a blessing because nature is dead,
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Lecture 27 - The Bible is not a text but a series of...

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