By Nicoletta Gatti
This ebook is an introductory research of the previous testomony and it really is in keeping with the lesson taught for a few years by means of the authors in assorted Universities in Ghana. it's an interactive and didactic paintings that offers an leading edge method of the learn of the Hebrew Bible. via analyzing chosen passages from the Bible and doing urged routines as a method of reinforcing what has been learnt, the reader will in achieving a superb wisdom of the outdated testomony and should collect the aptitude of interpreting and studying extra texts. every one bankruptcy starts with a presentation of a map of the adventure, the targets to be accomplished, a precis and a last part that is helping the coed to judge his/her comprehension. This publication can also be a contextualized textual content. The final bankruptcy is devoted to the previous testomony in Africa and the connection among the African Continent and the Bible, giving the reader the chances of buying talents to interpret the outdated testomony from African views.
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48 / ^ / Summary T h e canonization o f the Hebrew Scriptures was to: a) safeguard the purity o f Jewish faith; b) preserve the unity o f Jewish faith. 49 Section 4 The TaNaK: 1 he Hebrew Bible in Hebrew Introduction Now that you know how the Jews came to have a Canon - a definite list o f books they held to be authoritative, you are in the position to examine this body o f writings, their identity. This is what you will learn in this section. T h e Hebrew Scriptures exist in two languages or traditions.
As many Jews abroad no longer spoke Hebrew but Greek, it therefore becomes nec essary to have their Scriptures translated into Greek. O ne such un dertaking was in Alexandria, in Egypt, a great centre o f learning at the time. According to a legend recorded in the Letter o f Aristeas, 72 scholars were charged to translate the Pentateuch for the king Ptolemy II Philadelphus o f Alexandria in the 3 rd century It seems much more plausible that the translation was made by the Jews themselves for those living in the diaspora (cf.
19). E . suggest the existence o f other laws (cf. the Deuteronomic code in D eut 1 2 -2 6 ), which were used as the basis o f the reform. O ther collections o f laws (ceremonial and rituals laws) were added later. This was also the time when Israel began recollecting and writing down their traditions: the experiences o f their past (the Exo dus), the story o f the Patriarchs and the origins o f hum anity (cf. Carpentier 1982, 2 2 -2 3 ). , the United Kingdom broke into two: the Southern and the Northern.