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By Sandra L. Gravett;Karla G. Bohmbach;F. V. Greifenhagen;Donald C. Polaski

This pedagogically astute creation to the Hebrew Bible is designed in particular for undergraduates. It starts off with the main uncomplicated questions: from the place and whilst did the Hebrew Bible originate, how used to be it written, and the way did humans learn it? In concentrating on the basic query of the canon--Who are we?--it first supplies a lot consciousness to the difficulty of id. Then it explores how the traditional Israelites prepared themselves when it comes to strength and nation, and eventually, delineates the bigger questions of God and beliefs in the canon. the result's a movement of themes that's in response to different experiences of old literature and tradition, with out ignoring the non secular functionality of the Hebrew Bible. via paintings, images, literature, and pop culture, this article vibrantly provides the recommendations of the Hebrew Bible, and gives a significant other website with assessments and different pedagogical aids for lecturers.

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In southern Mesopotamia, Kassites appear; they come from further east, from the highlands of Iran. , though, some political stability again takes root with new empires emerging. The Egyptians expel the Hyksos, and the many powerful pharaohs of the Egyptian New Kingdom (ca. ) arise; they come to rule an empire encompassing all of Egypt, the Cisjordan, and southern Syria. In northern Syria the kingdom of Mitanni, dominated by Hurrians, holds sway. Still further to the north, in central Asia Minor, the Hittites, whose origins remain obscure to us, establish their dominion.

In Egypt they built the great pyramids; in Mesopotamia the people constructed similar sorts of structures known as ziggurats (see fig. 20). The Hebrew Bible evokes this time period in, most likely, only two stories: Noah and the flood (Gen 6–9), and the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1–9). The biblical flood story reads similarly to several accounts coming from Mesopotamia at this time that also tell of an immense and destructive deluge. , the Atrahasis Epic, the Epic of Gilgamesh). And Gen 11 not only locates the building of the tower of Babel in Shinar (the biblical term for southern Mesopotamia), but the description of its features also corresponds to those of the Mesopotamian ziggurats.

However, they disagree on the subdivisions within the second main period. ). ). Eric Meyers, meanwhile, resurrects Wright’s three main periods for the Iron Age, although he proposes distinct subdivisions for both Iron I and II. E. ). These different configurations arise partly from the extent to which textual influence—particularly the Hebrew Bible—is brought to bear on archaeological dating. It also depends on how one analyzes the evidence from material remains, particularly the pottery. Near Eastern archaeologists rely heavily on pottery changes for dating purposes.

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