Lecture 3. The Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting: Genesis 1-4 in Context

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Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) (RLST 145) with Christine Hayes In the first of a series of lectures on the book of Genesis, the basic elements of biblical monotheism are compared with Ancient Near Eastern texts to show a non-mythological, non-theogonic conception of the deity, a new conception of the purpose and meaning of human life, nature, magic and myth, sin and evil, ethics (including the universal moral law) and history. The two creation stories are explored and the work of Nahum Sarna is introduced. - Chapter 1. The Creation Story in "Enuma Elish" - Chapter 2. The Creation Stories in Genesis - Chapter 3. Creation as God Imposing Order on the World - Allusion to and Resonances of Ancient Near Eastern Themes Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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