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RLG100Y1 Lecture #7 - RLG100Y1 Oct 4/10 Text critical...

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RLG100Y1- Oct 4/10 - Text critical scholarship/ historical scholarship o Highly skilled scholars find different style of narration - The Hebrew bible is composed of stories that evolved from several sources; not a document composed by one person - Philological method - The pain and suffering from human life is thus understood of being the result of God’s good graces - Humanity should live a certain distance of God - Why we suffer? Why snakes slither on the ground? Why we feel shame when we’re naked? o We call such myths, etiological myths (explains some condition of being) - Human beings have a moral capacity; to choose to be good, and to obey God (major theme in the Hebrew bible) - First 11 chapters of the genesis illustrate that human beings are not so good when they’re left alone, not so good to follow their own morals - God made the builders speak different languages so they wouldn’t be able to communicate - God is interested in seeing humans make good moral choices - In chapter 12 of the genesis; Abraham o
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