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By Barry L. Bandstra

Find out how to actively learn and comprehend the Hebrew Bible and its major literary, historic, and thematic meanings with assistance from this bestselling creation to the outdated testomony and its significant other web site. studying THE previous testomony: creation TO THE HEBREW BIBLE, Fourth version makes use of a big variety of maps, charts, timelines, and paintings to make sure your knowing. Chapter-opening summaries and analyzing courses direct your cognizance to key thoughts, old contexts, and suitable Biblical passages. The accompanying site offers the total textual content of the Bible, the whole textual content of the textbook, and an interactive research advisor with quite a few learn instruments to your comfort.

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Most remain nameless to this day. Even the books of identifiable prophets such as Isaiah and Amos were not written entirely by those men. The books are collections of their sayings, which anonymous editors gathered together and annotated. Much of the material that eventually was included in the Hebrew Bible started out as folktales, songs, and religious liturgies. The common people inherited these stories and passed them on from one generation to the next by word of mouth. Oral tradition, as it is called, was the source of many of the stories that have survived about Israel’s ancestors and early history.

The Elohist source gets its name from its use of the Hebrew word elohim to refer to the deity. Elohim is a general word for God, as opposed to the personal divine name 23 24 PART 1  Torah YHWH. The -im ending of the word is the typical plural ending of nouns. ’’ When the word elohim appears in the Hebrew text, typically we will render it Elohim rather than translate it as deity, god, or God. The Elohist source has survived only as fragments that were inserted into the Yahwist narrative.

This Jew is intently studying a Torah scroll near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Notice the prayer shawl and the tefillin (boxes that hold Torah texts) on his forehead and the strap holding one to his left arm. Torah readings and Torah ceremonies take place daily at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Western Wall, called the kotel in Hebrew, dates to the first century BCE and is a surviving portion of the retaining wall of the temple mount. It is the closest Jewish point of contact to the site of the second temple of Judaism.

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