Lecture 28 - The first five books are called the...

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The first five books are called the Pentateuch, Greek for five books. Bible is Greek for tabiblia, the books. Genesis in Hebrew is bereshit, which means “in the beginning.” Exodus, exhodos in Greek, in hebrew is shemot, which means “the names” Leviticus, in Hebrew is “and he called.” Vayikra Numbers in Hebrew is bamitbar, which means “in the wilderness” Deuteronomy is called devarim, “words” Genesis has many events and narratives, exodus only has one event. The rest of the Old and New Testament depends on that event from Exodus, the choice by the Lord to save Israel from Egypt. The Bible is self-reflexive, it turns on itself, it is a repetition of a single defining categorizing event that makes the Bible itself. Exodus is the collection of traditions of one event. Exodus is the canonical source. In the Bible, there is one story and one story only. This is a paradigm on which all fictions are gathered and unified into. In Genesis, there are divine visitations that come and go. In Exodus, you have God as Yahweh, His
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Lecture 28 - The first five books are called the...

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