What is your view on the Hebrew Bible? Give examples of proof from the reading.What do you is most interesting and why?What is your view on the Hebrew Bible? Give examples of proof from the...

What is your view on the Hebrew Bible? Give examples of proof from the reading.What do you is most interesting and why?

What is your view on the Hebrew Bible? Give examples of proof from the reading.What do you is most interesting and why?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I wonder if you can be more specific about what you mean when you use the term "Hebrew Bible". In the Christian tradition, the Hebrew Bible may refer to the Old Testament which usually begins with Genesis and ends with Malachi. However, even in Christiandom, there is disagreement over which books are considered Old Testament (some have 51, some have 39) and there also some books referred to as Apocrypha, which are only included in Catholic Bibles and some others.

The term "Hebrew Bible" as far as Jews are concerned ends with the Book of Chronicles, which describes Israel's restoration to the Promised Land and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Christian Old Testament ends with Malachi because  this book predicts the coming of the Messiah, and then the New Testament begins with the fulfillment of that prophecy in the person of Jesus, in the gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

That said, the Old Testament (no matter where you think it ends) is the story of the Jews and how they were a people chosen by God to teach the world about him. The Bible has survived, not only as a religious text for two major world religions, but also as a great work of literature for centuries. It has influenced writers for hundreds of years. So much of literature is based on timleless Biblical themes and wisdom. So much of literature is rich with Biblical allusions that a basic understanding of the stories of the Bible is required for much that has been written in the western world. The Bible has everything because it is the story of man and God's dealing with man- war, death, love, hate, human relationships, relations with God, rebellion against God, intrigue, mystery - you name it.

So - what is most interesting? If I had to pick one thing, I would say, as Solomon does, "there is nothing new under the sun" and that it is amazing to me how much wisdom the Bible contains about mankind and how little we have changed over the centuries. We still love, we still hate, we still lie, we still kill, we still rebel, we still practice sexual immorality, we still murder, we still exhibit pride, we still have wars with each other, we still envy, we are still jealous....................you get my drift.

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