HUM 1 Study Guide
—the wife of Judah’s first son, Er (killed by God for being wicked), Onan (2
son) supposed to give his brother
offspring by fertilizing her but did not allow his sperm to enter her, fools Judah into sleeping with her (see Genesis 38).
Her actions demonstrates that men who don’t act correctly will be acted upon, reminiscent to the story of Isaac.
Why did YHWH lead the Israelites into the Sinai desert?
He had a covenant with Abraham and promised to lead his
people to the holy land, keep them in desert for forty years to purify the people from Egypt. To rid to avoid a two front war
from war from the Philistines and Egyptians.
R – the Redactor
—one of the credited writers of the Hebrew Bible who “weaves it all together” (compiled the Torah as
we know it), created a complex multifaceted text in which you can take out individual lines that can support any take on
the story yet is a story with a course, circa 458 BCE, lived in Babylon or Jerusalem, Aaronid priesthood, uses both
Yahweh and Elohim in Genesis, male, considered to be Ezra.
What is the significance of the number 40 in the Hebrew Bible?
40 years marks time in memoriam, meaning memory
only stretches as far back as events that happened 40 years ago (the previous generation). 40 years were spent in the
desert in order to purify and get rid of all who can remember Egypt and who called it home.
sets up traditional story—man needs wife, finds wife at watering hole, meets father, trades with father for wife.
Anything that deviates warrants attention (ex. Isaac getting wife with servant going out = he is passive)
wrote Deuteronomy, circa 622 BCE, male, Levitical (Mushite) priesthood, located in Judah,
presents the character of God as personal and merciful, believed to be Jeremiah or his scribe, also wrote Jushua, Judges,
1, 2 Kings, wrote Book of Laws of Moses
type of narration (nested concentric storytelling), ABCC`B`A` examples: Abraham (Gen. 12 – 25),
Isaac (Gen. 25 – 36), Jacob (Gen. 37 – 50). Symbolizes a revolution: story in a circular fashion spirals through time.
contract in the form of a treaty between conqueror and conquested
dictated “Thou shalt…,” in Bible—god
promises to do something or not do something in return for something and seals the contract with a sign (ex. Rainbow in
flood story). There are a total of 5 covenants: Noah (first model), Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David.
Foreign wives in the Hebrew Bible—