An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach by Sandra L. Gravett;Karla G. Bohmbach;F. V.

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

This pedagogically astute advent to the Hebrew Bible is designed particularly for undergraduates. It starts off with the main simple 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 targeting the elemental query of the canon--Who are we?--it first provides a lot cognizance to the difficulty of id. Then it explores how the traditional Israelites equipped themselves when it comes to strength and nation, and at last, delineates the bigger questions of God and beliefs in the canon. the result's a movement of themes that's based on different reports of historical literature and tradition, with out ignoring the spiritual functionality of the Hebrew Bible. via artwork, images, literature, and pop culture, this article vibrantly offers the recommendations of the Hebrew Bible, and provides a significant other website with assessments and different pedagogical aids for lecturers.

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010 Gravett Ch1 (1-40) 9/25/08 12:30 PM Page 31 SPACE AND TIME 31 However, the text also reports that David’s reign almost ended abruptly with a narrowly averted coup by his son Absalom. Moreover, the succession of another son, Solomon, faced a serious challenge from a third son, Adonijah. ” A peaceful time, it allowed Solomon to devote himself to further enhancing the kingdom he ruled by engaging in international diplomacy and commissioning monumental building projects. His foreign policy, the writers claim, he enacted largely through his relationships with women, most notably his hospitality toward the Queen of Sheba and his marriages to foreign princesses.

As a consequence, not just one but two international highways traversed it. ), ran along the Mediterranean coastline from Egypt’s Nile Delta north to Mount Carmel; there it turned inland, crossing the Jezreel Valley before passing north to Damascus and then on to Mesopotamia. The King’s Highway, referred to in Num 20:17, ran north-south along the whole spine of the Transjordanian plateau; it extended northward as far as Damascus, while terminating at its southern point at the Gulf of Aqaba. From there a number of smaller highways led both west and south.

Along the eastern Mediterranean seaboard a number of excellent harbors functioned as significant conduits of this sea trade. Most notable, perhaps, were the harbors at the two Phoenician cities of Tyre and Sidon. The Phoenicians ranged widely in their ships, eventually establishing colonies as far afield as Spain and north Africa. They brought in from the west such highly prized goods as silver from Spain and fine pottery from Greece; from the east they welcomed rare spices arriving from India and southern Arabia, which they then shipped elsewhere.

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