Lecture 1 - The Parts of the Whole

author: Christine Hayes, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University
published: Feb. 16, 2011,   recorded: September 2006,   views: 14028

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This lecture provides an introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible and its structure and contents. Common misconceptions about the Bible are dispelled: the Bible is a library of books from diverse times and places rather than a single, unified book; biblical narratives contain complex themes and realistic characters and are not "pious parables" about saintly persons; the Bible is a literarily sophisticated narrative not for children; the Bible is an account of the odyssey of a people rather than a book of theology; and finally, the Bible was written by many human contributors with diverse perspectives and viewpoints.

Reading assignment:

Jewish Study Bible [henceforth JSB]: Introduction to Genesis, pp. 8-11; Gen 1-4

Resources: Handout: A Brief Synopsis of the Tanakh [text]

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Comment1 grace ayisi, April 13, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.:

stumbled on C Hayes - find listening to her insightful

Comment2 e fla, October 3, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.:

Excellent teacher of Old Testament Thanks for putting these lectures on vide...

Comment3 mark, December 26, 2011 at 8:12 p.m.:

Greatest lecturer of all times. I love how you stay on track and condense so much important information. I have seen this lecture twice so I can stay in order. Yale University should count their luck stars they have you... God Bless You.

Comment4 Irene Carnan, April 22, 2015 at 9:32 p.m.:

23 rd April 2015

I am so very grateful to Yale & Prof. Hayes for making these outstanding lectures available to the world and especially to myself here in Scotland. Suffice to say a BIG THANK-YOU.
Truly, the price of wisdom is far above rubies.

My regards, Shalom
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