BIBLE AND APOCRYPHA:
THE LITERARY TRADITIONS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL
JEWISH STUDIES 150A/COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 101
Winter Quarter, 2016
University of California, Los Angeles
Jeremy D. Smoak, PhD
Chapter Summaries for A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John J. Collins
Chapter Summaries for A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John J. Collins. 2007 Minneapolis:
Hebrew Bible: Law, Prophets, Writings (Tora
JS 150A/M101: Bible and Apocrypha Midterm Study Guide (Winter 2016)
The midterm exam will consist of three sections: 1) term identification [you will be asked to write
two-three sentences explaining how a term relates to a section of GenesisKings], short
Interpreting the song of Songs: Imagining the temple and the land in post-exilic Judaism.
A very formative pd. In the production of bib litprimarily those texts found in 3 rd section of the
canonthe writings section. Change in the style of the bib litrefl
Mon. Feb 29submit paper topic and initial bibliography. Upload as .doc file to turnitin.
1st list topicthen underneath topic on doclist 4 secondary sources. Half of required for
When citing bib textquote NSRV or JPS version translations. Non-negoti
The exiles of Israel and Judah in the Biblical Literature: The Rise of Classical Prophecy
Imagine that the prophets are figures that are saying I told you so!
Reread the prophetic texts more closely and engage more sophisticated questions about place
The composition of the biblical literature, or, Ways of Reading the Biblical Texts
Composition of the Hebrew bible, pt. 1: who wrote the text? Who were the authors of the
Why do we ask this question? What was their agenda?
You can convey different
Deuteronomistic history and Judges.
Moving from the history to the second part of the canonto the Prophets.
Former Prophets referred to as Deuteronomistic History.
-Deut. And Joshua thru Kings = DH
-the history of Israel in the Former Prophets is evaluate
What is the role that the arc of the covenant plays? Et cetera.
Prophecy and Kingship in the Divided Monarchy
Portrayal of saul visiting a necromancer is a violation of Deut 18. Lists a bunch of divinatory
rituals that are prohibited for Israelnecromancy
Ritual and Purity: The Composition of the Book of Leviticus
Requires reader to decontaminate the way that we already think about these topics. We have
these terms in the English vernacularwhen we use terms like sin, sacrifice, purity they
impress upon us
Attn.: article on the book of judges. Assigned reading from judges as well. One essay on
midterm is about this!
How does law think in the Torah? What is it that is important to the writers of the Torah? We
are in the realm of a collection of texts in whic
Genesis 1 and the Development of Israelite Cosmogonies
The Historical-Critical Approach
Ways of reading texts
o Historical-critical method
o Comparative Approach
Ishmael and IsaacIslam and Judaism, respectively.
ExodusALL Israelite men must go to Jerusalem 3x a yr to sacrifice. Deut. 16 adjusts the law to
The dabbing of sacrificed blood cleanses the temple. The sin does not stay with youit pollutes