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Lecture 04 - Doublets and Contradictions, Seams and Sources: Genesis 5-11 and the Historical-Critical Method.

This lecture continues the discussion on Genesis, including the familiar accounts of Cain and Abel, the Flood and Noahide covenant. The story of Cain and Abel expresses the notion of the God-endowed sanctity of human life and a "universal moral law" governing the world. Examination of the contradictions and doublets in the flood story leads to a discussion of the complex composition and authorship of the Pentateuch. These features as well as anachronisms challenge traditional religious convictions of Moses as the author of the first five books of the Bible. (from oyc.yale.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – The Parts of the Whole Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – The Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting: Biblical Religion in Context Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – The Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting: Genesis 1-4 in Context Unlimited
  • Lecture 4 – Doublets and Contradictions, Seams and Sources: Genesis 5-11 Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Critical Approaches to the Bible: Introduction to Genesis 12-50 Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Biblical Narrative: The Stories of the Patriarchs (Genesis 12-36) Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Israel in Egypt: Moses and the Beginning of Yahwism (Genesis 37- Exodus 4) Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Exodus: From Egypt to Sinai (Exodus 5-24, 32; Numbers) Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – The Priestly Legacy: Cult and Sacrifice, Purity and Holiness in Leviticus and Numbers Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Biblical Law: The Three Legal Corpora of JE (Exodus), P (Leviticus and Numbers) and D Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – On the Steps of Moab: Deuteronomy Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – The Deuteronomistic History: Life in the Land (Joshua and Judges) Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – The Deuteronomistic History: Prophets and Kings (1 and 2 Samuel) Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – The Deuteronomistic History: Response to Catastrophe (1 and 2 Kings) Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Hebrew Prophecy: The Non-Literary Prophets Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Literary Prophecy: Amos Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Literary Prophecy: Hosea and Isaiah Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Literary Prophecy: Micah, Zephaniah, Nahum and Habbakuk Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Literary Prophecy: Perspectives on the Exile (Jeremiah, Ezekiel and 2nd Isaiah) Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Responses to Suffering and Evil: Lamentations and Wisdom Literature Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Biblical Poetry: Psalms and Song of Songs Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – The Restoration: 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Visions of the End: Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Alternative Visions: Esther, Ruth, and Jonah Unlimited

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