stewartsymposium - Biblical analysis is a difficult process...

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Biblical analysis is a difficult process, with many hurdles to its success. There is no absolute proof about who wrote the Bible. Jews and Christians take for granted that their deity was at the hands of the Hebrew Bible, but the current scholastic theory is that it was written by many different sources, even compiled from multiple oral traditions. A huge problem in the reading of the Hebrew Bible is the obscurity of ancient Hebrew. Although Hebrew has been revived in the modern day, the ancient form as it exists in the Torah is mysterious and has only been translated through arduous decoding, and a small amount of guesswork. We know a little about the ancient Judean culture from which this work sprang, but there is little time frame on when the Hebrew Bible was written and edited. The best information we have is the Hebrew Bible itself, created mysteriously and translated with caution, to try and build a model of what the ancient Jews were like who shaped, and were shaped by, the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew Bible is a multi-faceted book, as evidenced by the wide variety of scholarly traditions that spend a great effort in analyzing it. To properly understand the Hebrew Bible, however, one must integrate all of these aspects, in much the same way that it’s progenitors and followers did. The Hebrew Bible is a historical book about a tribe and its religion, which descended from one (Abraham) and grew to become a nation and the one of the world’s most prolific religions. This book defined the entire culture of the Judean tribe, and a very important aspect of the culture was the law, something we can tell just by the amount of text in the Hebrew Bible concerned with law. The word Torah, the Hebrew names for the 5 books of Moses, the center of the Jewish canon, means law or way. The ancient Israeli religion spawned all of the monotheistic religions we know today but was very different (WBc 41-42), and while Catholicism and Judaism are concerned to varying degrees with rituals and ‘building fences around’ the law, the Protestantism of Paul completely moves away from the observance of Biblical law. Aside
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