The chapter on Israel and the Geography and History of the Ancient Near East is up and running. Learn about the environment in which the ancient nation of Israel existed and the changing world powers that pressured its existence. See how Israel dealt with pressure from Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Greece, and finally Rome. How did the changing history of the surrounding regions impact life in ancient Israel? Read this chapter to see.
As with the other chapters, there is a form at the end of this one to allow you to leave comments and questions.
I have published two sections of my chapter on Genesis, a brief introduction, and the section that I call the “prehistory.” The first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis are set in the time before writing was invented. They are based on oral traditions. Since history is essentially a written phenomenon, we can talk about such early narratives as prehistory.
As with the other chapters, there is a form at the end of each section to allow you to offer comments or ask questions.
This is a loaded question course. Its answer depends on the purpose of the reading. Someone reading for devotional reasons would not answer the same way as someone reading to better understand the history of the ancient world.
The chapter “How Should We Read the Bible?” raises this issue and talks about the purpose(s) of this online textbook. I hope you enjoy it.
As always, feel free to leave feedback or ask questions. There is a form at the end of the chapter for that purpose.
My four-part chapter on the Literary History of the Bible is up and running. The main page is located here: Literary History of the Bible. The four subsections can be reached directly using the titles below:
Each of these sections has a form at the bottom to allow you to leave feedback or ask questions. I hope you find the new chapter helpful.
I publish a brief overview of the contents of the Bible on June 5. Please feel free to give any feedback you feel is helpful or ask any questions you would like answered. You can reach the page through the link above or from the table of contents.
At the bottom of the page there is form to allow you to leave feedback.
On June 2, 2015 I published the Authorship and Composition of the Torah chapter and added a link from the table of contents page. This chapter is a revised version of the materials on the Pentateuch/Torah that I use when teaching at Meredith College in Raleigh.
The content of the first five books of the Bible is the same in all Christian Bibles and in the Hebrew Bible used in Jewish places of worship.
At the end of the chapter, there is a place to leave comments. Feel free to post your reactions or questions.