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Hebrew Nomads View on the Creation - ... This is the story the Babylonians would have believed in when they heard Genesis. Genesis starts by saying “in beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. The Bible talks about God speaking things into existence. First God made the light, which He separated into day and night. Next, God created the sky and then the waters. “He called the dry ground ‘land’ and the waters ‘seas’”. This is when God says that “it was good”. God states that his creations are good, which is different from the creations of Enuma Elish....   [tags: Genesis, Hebrew, Bible] 1165 words
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Violence, Power, and Goals in the Hebrew Bible and The Iliad - ... Sacrifices are, in nature, very violent. Innocent blood is spilled to please the vengeful God. In Exodus 12, "the Lord struck down all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh who sat on the throne the first-born of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the first-born of the cattle" (Exodus 12:29). God did all that just because the Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let the Israelites leave his country. The immense sacrifice of the first-borns of man and beast was an act of violence that led the exodus of the Israelites....   [tags: the hebrew bible, the iliad, literary analysis]
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The Hebrew Exiles In Babylon - The Hebrew Exiles in Babylon      When Jerusalem fell to the conquering Babylonians in 587 BC, most of what was important to the Hebrew people was gone. They lost their holy city, the Temple was destroyed, and the Davidic monarchy ended (Beasley 221). Following the destruction of Jerusalem, the Babylonian king, Nebuchadrezzar, deported most of the population to other cities, including Babylon. These exiles remained there for about fifty years until the Persian forces, under king Cyrus, took the city of Babylon in 539 BC....   [tags: Hebrew History Historical Exiles Essays]
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A Comparison of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Scriptures - A Comparison of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Scriptures The Hebrew Flood story of Noah and his obligation to preserve man kind after God had punished all living creatures for their inequities parallels The Epic of Gilgamesh in several ways. Even though these two compilations are passed on orally at different times in history the similarities and differences invoke deliberation when these stories are compared. Numerous underlining themes are illustrated throughout each story. Humans are guilty of transgressions and must be punished, God or Gods send a flood as punishment to destroy this evil race, a person is selected by the gods to build a craft that will withstand the flood and al...   [tags: Hebrew Flood Story Scripture Gilgamesh Essays]
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The Hebrew Diaspora - The Jews faced a long history of persecution and racism. Envy, greed, and thirst for power caused groups such as the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Romans (to name a few) to persecute, exile, and threaten the existence of the Hebrew community. The Diaspora was definitely not a single event taking place over the course of one night, it was rather a series of dispersals by varying groups of people continuing up to the present time. The Diaspora resulted in the spread of the Hebrew population along with their culture and beliefs, which ultimately strengthened the Hebrew community....   [tags: Jews, Persecution, Racism, Envy, Greed, Power]
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The History and Development of Modern Hebrew - Hebrew is the basis of one of the most persecuted groups in the history of the world. Its development and its triumphs show the strength of the Jewish population worldwide. After the fall of Jerusalem, Hebrew died for nearly 2,000 years. One man made it his life purpose to revive it and his homeland. Not only is this extremely powerful on a political level, but also on an emotional and spiritual level, as well. From its revival on, Hebrew has thrived among Jewish people everywhere. Hebrew is one of the oldest languages known to man....   [tags: jewish, political, emotional, spiritual, level]
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Elicitation of words and phrases in Hebrew - A report on Elicitation of words and phrases in Hebrew Introduction: Today the Hebrew language has developed into a modernized version of itself compared to its ancient biblical roots. The Hebrew language is considered one of the Semitic branchs of the Afro-Asiatic family (Frost, 2006). It was first emerged around the late 11th or early 10th century BCE and took the form of the Gezer calendar. The script is named Old Hebrew; it is hardly perceptible from the Phoenician from where it mainly originated (Green, 2004)....   [tags: Biblical Roots, Plurality Rules]
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Neurotheology and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible - Neurotheology is becoming an increasingly popular strand of theology. Although trances of this branch of theology can be traced back to the 70’s, it really became an area of interest in the mid 90’s. Neurotheology is a process of studying religious and spiritual phenomena with the neuroscientific perspective. This field is continuing to grow and with better technology for neuro-imaging and a growing understanding of the human mind theologians can use this framework to better understand a wide variety of theological concepts....   [tags: ecstatic states, prophecy, God, brain]
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Hebrew Teaching on Diligence and Laziness - ... If we look at today’s society it is evident that the majority are not heading to this teaching from Proverbs. Many people have developed a mind set that things such as welfare are owed to them and that it is their right. The diligent that work hard for the things that they earn and strive to do their best in all things are the ones who prosper and understand the value of work. One of the most well known passages about diligence and laziness is Proverbs 6: 6-11. In these passages we see a reference to ants....   [tags: old testament, wisdom, folly]
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The Book of Zephaniah in the Hebrew Bible - Zephaniah 3:9-20 is a biblical passage in the Hebrew Bible that features many different interpretations and can be related to various other biblical passages and stories as well. There are numerous historical and cultural contexts within this passage and the literary genre and structure, as well as theology are themes that are prominent in these verses of Zephaniah. The language and imagery in this particular book of the Hebrew Bible are culturally specific and deeply imbedded in the traditions of the Near East....   [tags: old testament, minor prophets] 1265 words
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The Sacrificial System in the Hebrew Scriptures - ... This offering consisted of the following: A ram without blemish, with restitution decided by the priest based on his estimation of the offense plus an additional one fifth penalty. The purpose behind this offering was to atone for sins committed unwillingly where retribution was possible. This was also used as an offering for the purification of lepers. The Portions: God’s portion: Fatty portion to be burnt on altar ala Korban Olah. Priest’s portion: remainder to be eaten in the area of the Sanctuary Offerer’s portion: none Korban N’davah: Voluntary Sacrifices Korban Olah- (Literally “That which goes up” i.e....   [tags: sins, offering, blemish] 746 words
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Hospitality in The Hebrew Scriptures - To welcome the other, the friend or the stranger, is a fundamental aspect of human society, friendship, love and life. It is the intersection of two lives, an event that can fundamentally alter the paths of all those involved. This importance within the basic functioning of human life makes the recognition of hospitality as a central theme of the Hebrew Scriptures an unsurprising reality. With this in mind then, through this essay we will examine the understanding of hospitality laid out in the canonical scriptures of the Hebrew Bible....   [tags: Social Studies]
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The Study of Hebrew Diaspora - ... These people were the very first victims of the Hebrew Diaspora. However, close to nothing is known about what happened to these lost Israelites, which is why the Jewish Diaspora is often said to have started with the Babylonian Exile. When the Chaldeans (the New Babylonians) conquered Judah and destroyed the First Temple in Jerusalem, they exiled many of the Jews, just as the Assyrians did earlier on in the northern kingdom of Israel. While the deportations were undoubtedly massive, not all Jews were exiled....   [tags: judaism, land of israel, babylon] 1679 words
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Saving The Hebrew People - The Hebrew people forced into slavery by Pharaoh were miraculous freed from bondage, and delivered out of Egypt. God miraculous moved in their behalf through Moses, leading them out of Egypt and through the desert, establishing His Covenant, Decalogue, Code of Laws, and instructions for the Tabernacle and priesthood making a nation for Himself. The Hebrew people cried out to God in the midst of their slavery to Pharaoh and He heard their cry. God spoke to Moses to be their deliverer while he was in the desert, through a burning bush....   [tags: Religion] 711 words
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Social Implications and Consequences of the Hebrew Diaspora - ... Now there are many accounts for this but the one that I am specifically talking about is the Hebrew diaspora. A Hebrew diaspora doesn’t not particularly the holocaust. My question is Explain the reason for and the consequences of the Hebrew diaspora. What are modern implications of diaspora. This question is asking me to explain the consequences of the Hebrew diaspora and also what its modern implications are. The reasons for and consequences for the Hebrew diaspora vary in 3 different main points....   [tags: jewish learning, the holocaust] 1560 words
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The Hebrew Scriptures - The Hebrew Scriptures Truth, scripture and revelation are three concepts that the Bible has been based on. Truth is defined as the way that things are or should be. It can relate to reality or wisdom. Truth can be communicated in a variety of ways. Literally which is facts and figures and can be shown in math and science. Figuratively which is metaphor and simile and can be shown in humanity. Symbolically in fine arts such as art, drama and music and also narratively such as stories, parables and myths....   [tags: essays research papers] 1798 words
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Benjamin Harshav's Language in Time of Revolution: Hebrew and Yiddish - Benjamin Harshav’s “Language in Time of Revolution” teaches the reader that social factors, historical factors, willpower, and accidents of history brought back and revived the Hebrew and Yiddish language. This was important because it created the base for a new, secular Jewish society and culture to emerge again with their own language and a new social identity. This new social identity meant that there was a nationalistic movement toward having a common language, literature, and cultural heritage....   [tags: teachers, readers, cultures]
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Egyptian, Babylonian, And Hebrew Religions - Egyptian, Babylonian, and Hebrew Religions Egyptians, Babylonians, and Hebrews have similarities yet also differences in their religions. The importance is not in the similarities as much as it is in the differences that distinguish the cultures from each other and their views on life. I would like to point out each civilization's creation and flood story. By analyzing these stories we can come to a better understanding of their world views. The Hebrew creation story from the book of Genesis is one that most people know well....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Hebrew Text And Fonts - Hebrew Text and Fonts Today's written language is quickly becoming history. Just as the carved tablet has become a conversation piece in the archeologist's living room, the written language is quickly becoming as ancient as the dead sea scrolls. A new form of visual communication is taking over the entire world. Languages from across this widespread planet are now becoming more accessible to ever culture. As the pen and pencil begin to disappear into the history books, keyboards and monitors are making it easier for people to communicate in fast and effective ways....   [tags: essays research papers] 344 words
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Hebrew Bible Exegesis - The translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible , have led to many versions of stories that we thought we knew, especially the book of Genesis and the first fall story . Hebrew words such as adam, and other significant words in Hebrew language will be the main focus on in this paper. These words can have very different meanings according to the exegetes and also of a person's belief system that is translating them. Thorough critical analysis of postexilic writings will cast doubt into believers of their faith that indeed, what they have been taught about the stories of the Bible are just one interpretation....   [tags: Religion] 1543 words
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Religions of Egypt, Greece, and the Hebrew People - How did people revere their gods differently among three civilizations. Did they worship with the same general intent. What were gods’ role(s) in people’s lives. A brief exploration into the religions of Egypt, Greece, and the Hebrew people may bring insight to these questions. Although the main idea of higher beings remains constant throughout societies’ religion, their form of presence in people’s lives varies. I will present the relationship between the leaders and the gods, as well as resemblance to monotheism and systems of government....   [tags: essays research papers] 625 words
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Accuracy in Epic of Gilgamesh and The Hebrew Bible - There is much debate over the historical accuracy of the Hebrew Bible and The Epic of Gilgamesh. Some claim that to understand a work of literature requires extensive knowledge of the background of this work. The contrary position is that a work of literature can be interpreted solely on it’s content. The meaning of the term classical literature is that it can be applied during any period of time, it is eternal. Yet the conditions surrounding the author might still be of interest to the reader, and of importance to the work....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays] 1389 words
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The Land is Mine - The author identifies and analyzes six discrete land ideologies found in the Hebrew Scriptures that have influenced its readers. (preface) In his book land refers to not only as physical realities where there is dirt and rocks, and where plants are growing, and where humans build their cities. Land refers to a social symbol with a range of meanings in which we construct its meanings for ourselves.(p.1) A subtle distinction between theology and ideology can be ; biblical theology is the doctrine and discourse about God expressed within a biblical literary unit that reflect the living faith of a given community, and Biblical ideology is a wider complex of images and ideas that may employ theol...   [tags: Hebrew Scriptures] 899 words
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The Kingdom of God: The Old Testament Hebrew God as Hypocritical and Capricious - Regarded by his people as a merciful god, Yahweh, the Hebrew god, historically existed as a lawless entity before evolving into the merciful being, which Jews, Christians, and Catholics alike worship to this day. In Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament in the Holy Bible, Yahweh (heretofore referred to as “God”) first creates humankind, and later establishes guidelines that his people must follow in order to avoid chastisement. It is arguable, however, that these guidelines are largely arbitrary, and that this supposed omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresence is merely a temperamental puppeteer throughout the earliest durations of his reign....   [tags: Religion] 1241 words
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Comparison of the Gods in Homer’s Epics with the God of the Hebrews - There are many similarities and differences between the Greek gods and the Hebrew God. These similarities and differences are revealed in the character and functionality of the gods. The revelation of similarities and differences can also be seen in man’s relationship to his god or gods. Homer was instrumental in documenting the oral traditions of the Greek gods in his poetry. Moses, the Hebrew leader, is attributed with documenting what he witnessed from God in the Torah. The Greek and Hebrew belief systems were established for the purposes of explaining the world we live in, the phenomenon in nature, and the existence and purpose of man....   [tags: Greek Gods, Hebrew God]
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The Christian Bible, the Hebrew Scripture, The Muslim Koran - The Christian Bible, the Hebrew Scripture, The Muslim Koran: Words are Not Important, Our Actions Are Matt 13:3 "He told them many things in parables. 13:10 "Why do you talk to them in parables?" That's the crucial question: Did God, should God, have intended direct and final communication with us. If so, Jesus certainly failed his mission. There is little evidence that Jesus' appearance cleared anything up or gave us God directly. Wittgenstein, who wanted our language to be clear, knows well enough that neither the Hebrew nor the Christian God's words could fall within his constructed linguistic net....   [tags: Religion Theology Essays] 2277 words
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The Three Paradigms of Biblical Studies - ... Specifically, archeologists conduct excavations in order to uncover records from Israel so that the data may be studied by historians, while other archeologists incorporate literary records with the archaeological data to reconstruct the period in which the biblical narratives took place. This process is long and tedious as most data may be difficult to relate to literary materials. Also due to the religious nature of the Biblical narrative, studying supernatural events may prove to be ineffective using traditional methods....   [tags: the Hebrew Bible, text analysis] 853 words
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Analysis of the Gospel John 1:1-6 Comparsion Genesis 1 and 2:1-3 and Proverbs 8 - ... The light in this context is equated with life and good. Similarly, in the last verse of Genesis, “God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis1: 31). In this verse, everything God made meaning everything that he gave life to is good. Thus, based on the abovementioned connections between the Christian text and Hebrew texts, I conclude that there has been a lot of explicit and implicit referencing and reframing of the ideas and concepts done by the Christian texts, such as the Gospel of John, from the Hebrew Texts....   [tags: christian, hebrew, text, word] 2528 words
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Essay about the Old Testament - Essay about the Hebrew Scriptures Introduction: The study of the scriptures conforming the Old Testament, is a good start not only for those who believe, but also for non-believers looking forward to go further in the study of the sacred and man's relationship with the spiritual realm. The Old Testament (also known as the Hebrew Scriptures) is a true literary jewel whose influence reflects in the work of many prominent authors from different generations. Theological perspective of the Old Testament: From a theological point of view, for Christians and Jews, these writings represent the word of God and they are highly respected as such, not only during the worship, but in the everyday’s l...   [tags: Hebrew Scriptures, Books in Bible] 2039 words
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The Power and the Glory: Understanding Holiness - An excerpt from Hebrew 12:14 in the bible states, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” In other words, one must make every effort to pursue peace in others and to be holy; no one will meet the Lord without holiness. Being able to understand the holiness in others means to be able to perceive goodness in everyone, no matter their history, ethnicity, or sins they may have committed. In chapter three of part two, the Priest is thrown in a cell, “very like the world: overcrowded with lust and crime and unhappy love.” (Pg....   [tags: bible, lord, hebrew] 571 words
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Historical Research Paper: Prophet Ezekiel - Ezekiel denotes a Hebrew prophet who largely prophesied several instances of the destruction of Israel and its restoration. In the bible, Ezekiel is the son on Buzi and, as was at the time, in the lineage of priests and prophets. He describes himself in introduction as, ”In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month, it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, the word of The Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of The Lord was upon him there.” Ezekiel...   [tags: the Old Testament, Hebrew prophets] 1309 words
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The Book of Job - ... Because one; the book presents it as a real historical person and mentioned different things like place where he lived, the number of his children etc. Two: job in mention in both James and Ezekiel, in the former as a role model of patience and in the latter as a righteous man of the past. Historical analysis Job was a wealthy farmer living in Uz and he had a big family and lots of servants, livestock "Job" means "hated" or "much persecuted." possibly it was his nickname in which his friends gave him because of what he was going through....   [tags: the Hebrew Bible, religious beliefs] 744 words
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Role Of Ruth And Esther In The Bible - Torah (the Law) "…means "teaching" or "instruction"…(Harris, 3) for mankind. The Torah includes both the Oral Law and the Written Law. In addition, the Law is an extension of sacred oral tradition, thus broadening the meaning of Torah to designate the entire body of Jewish laws, customs, and ceremonies. Nevi'im( the Prophets) "…consists of narratives relating to Israel's …" (Harris, 3) history as a nation on its land and a "…collections of oracles" (Harris, 6) . Supporters of God's covenant do battle against the paganism of neighboring groups and among the Israelites themselves....   [tags: Hebrew Bible Religion Religious] 1327 words
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Jewish Culture - In many ancient cultures, numbers hold a special significance in the realm of literature. Instead of simply denoting quantity, numbers communicate messages that go beyond the surface content. The Jewish culture was no exception to this rule. In the Hebrew Bible, several numbers reoccur so many times that it is undeniable that the numbers lack some kind of cultural or theological significance. One such number is the number seven, which occurs nearly 400 times in the Hebrew Bible. Most of the uses are significant (e.g....   [tags: religion, hebrew, bible]
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The Nation of Israel - The Nation of Israel The nation of Israel has played a critical role in the formation of Western and Eastern ideologies and has had an unmistakably profound impact upon the theological and cultural evolution of mankind. Former U.S. President John Adams, commenting on the historical importance of the Hebrews, once said the following: "I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations … They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth....   [tags: Hebrew Israel Religion Religious Essays]
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The Battle of Gibeah and Micah's Idol - ... Her values, like Micah’s, are not in line with God’s. She blesses him and the hires a silversmith to make her son idols, a clear sin against God, and he keeps them. The mother doesn’t condemn her son because she is as much of a thief as he is. In 17:3 she says, “I wholly dedicate the silver from my hand to the Lord for my son to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return them to you.” however, in the very next verse she only gives 200 pieces of the silver. So, she kept 900 pieces of the silver that she just said he was giving “wholly.” There is a bit of a mystery of what happened to the additional 900 pieces but I think it’s safe to assume that she keeps it for...   [tags: Book of Judges, Hebrew Bible] 674 words
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Jewish History : Qumran Sect - There are three central periods that need to be analysed in order to evaluate the influence of Hellenisation on Jewish history, up until the period of the Roman invasion: the Ptolemaic period, the Seleucid period and the Maccabean revolts, and the Hasmonean state. Each of these historical events shaped Jewish society and had a profound influence over the religious beliefs of many Jews. But it was the conquests of Alexander the great that were the main catalyst that brought about the process of Hellenisation, a process that was embraced by many Jews and rejected by others....   [tags: History Jews Hebrew] 1889 words
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Race between the Egyptians and the Hebrews - The film the Ten Commandments (1956) depicts is the cinematic interpretation of the book of Exodus. This essay in particular will focus on the difference between the movie and the book of Exodus. In particular it will focus on the issue of race between the Egyptians and the Hebrews. The movie shows the Egyptians living a lavish life while the Hebrew slaves were mistreated. This movie shows the sharp contrast the life the Egyptians lived compared to the life of Hebrews and how the Hebrews were mistreated....   [tags: Moses, exodus, ten commandments]
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The Rhetoric of the Book of Hebrews - . INTRODUCTION The book of Hebrews is hailed by many scholars particularly for its Christology. The authorship of this great has been a complex puzzle that scholars are yet to provide the needed solution. Roger Haln confirmed the above when he said “The literary form of the book is uncertain. The author and time of writing are unknown. The logic and flow of thought are unusual for most modern people.” Some scholars even call Hebrews as a delight for the person who enjoys puzzles. The rhetorical skills of the author coupled with the background of the addresses make the book of Hebrews instructive for understanding of mother tongue biblical interpretation....   [tags: Categories, Examples, Cultural Assumptions]
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The Plagues of Israel to Release the Hebrews - In this essay, I will be talking about the plagues God sent against the Egyptian for the Hebrew to be release from their hands. There was not a struggle between God and the Egyptian power, but of God and the Egyptian Gods to show who the true God was. In Exodus 9:13-14, Yahweh told Moses to tell the Pharaoh of Egypt, “Yahweh, God of the Hebrews, says this: Let my people go and worship me. For this time, I am going to inflict all my plagues on you, on your officials and your subjects, so that you will know there is no one like me in the whole world....   [tags: power, god, yahweh, free] 798 words
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Contributions to Civilization: The Sumerians, Hebrews, and Egyptians - Some of the world’s greatest civilizations have advanced and prospered next to the protective embrace of some of the world’s greatest rivers. The Sumerians, Hebrews, and Egyptians all prospered from the great rivers which their mighty civilizations once resided by, earning them the title of river valley civilizations. These now extinct societies were the first true civilizations of the ancient world. These civilizations prospered thanks to their riverine environments and as a result of this prosperity were able to advance skills, pursue knowledge, and develop culture....   [tags: advancements in literature, government, law]
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Marriage as Viewed by Greeks, Christians and Hebrews - According to the Bible, love and marriage were treated with respect because they were divine before the eyes of God. He gave clear instructions to man and woman telling them to marry and bring forth children to fill His world. In essence therefore, man has to respect this institution called marriage and the associated strong emotions or love. Homer’s poem portrays a different version of the same where man is free to cohabit with another woman while they are not married. In the poem we see Penelope living in the same quarters with as many as a hundred suitors and no law is present to avoid the sexual irresponsibility resulting from this....   [tags: Bible vs Greek Mythology] 963 words
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Analysis of Victor Rhee´s Hebrews as a Leader of the Faith Commuity - ... Starting with the introduction of the journal, there is a since of urgency for anyone who reads it to take brave look of how to be a leader on fire for God in hard and difficult times. What Rhee wants us to know about the author of Hebrews is how he points out all of the misdoings of being a Christian in age where it was not popular to be a Christian. This is proven in the time of two Roman Empires, Claudius and Nero. You can see how the followers were everyday people living an everyday life but who were connected to an extra ordinary God who gave them salvation to live through their difficult and estranged life....   [tags: faith, leadership, christ, journal]
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Relevance of Sexual Relations in Old Babylonia, Nomadic Hebrews, and Greece - Ancient societies codified their regulations on sex, in both formal laws and in social practices. Hammurabi, ruler of Old Babylonia, gave his people a law code in c.1700 BCE; the Mosaic Law code for the ancient Hebrews followed in c.1200 BCE. Though the ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s The Symposium (c.385 BCE) does not put forth legal restrictions on sex, its dialogue does attempt to define love. These documents illustrate how each civilization viewed sex. This paper explores sexual relations that were good for the community in three ancient societies: Old Babylonia, the nomadic Hebrews, and Greece....   [tags: Code of Hammurabi, The Symposium, Plato] 1166 words
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The Book of Hebrews - The Book of Hebrews ​​The book of Hebrews is a unique portion of the Bible because it is written as though it were a letter, directed at people the writer may have known. However, the book targets a seemingly broad audience of those without faith and also those that could be described as believers that have experienced persecution. A salient message within Hebrews is that people must persevere when they feel persecuted because Jesus Christ is their salvation, regardless of anything else that is happening in the people’s lives....   [tags: Bible, Bible Story, Religion, God, Christians]
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The Exodus Debate - The Exodus of the Hebrew people out of Egypt as depicted in the Holy Bible is controversial. A literal, Biblical reading depicts inexplicable supernatural events suggesting the influence of the God of the Hebrews. There are three main theories about the Exodus Event. The first is that the event occurred exactly as accounted in the Bible, miraculous events included. Secondly, that the Exodus did occur, just not as the Bible describes. The last is that the event never occurred. The explanation of these theories will be presented in this paper....   [tags: Holy Bible, Hebrews, Egypt, plagues]
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Comparing and Contrasting Revelation and Hebrews - ... Through a rebirthing of Israel, the author symbolically associates common Old Testament themes with themes in his vision. To the author of Revelation, the old covenant and commandments are not obsolete, but something that has yet to be fulfilled. “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). Additionally, Revelation makes the claim that Jerusalem will “descend from heaven” (Revelation 21:10), and that the twelve gates of the “New Jerusalem” will be named after the twelve tribes of Israel....   [tags: The Christian Bible, religion, differences] 1118 words
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Exploring the Concepts of Monotheism in Western Religions - ... There are a few core beliefs of monotheism that exist within the western religions. As mentioned previously, the foremost is that there is only one God. God is known as the creator of the world and that he will also judge everyone at the end of time. These three religions share the belief in the roles of prophets as well as they meet weekly for worship, which are referred to as a synagogue, church, or mosque depending on the religion. A common belief shared among the monotheistic religions is the belief in afterlife as well as a heaven and/or hell....   [tags: god, egyptians, hebrews] 1568 words
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Sociolinguistics and Development of Israel’s Arab Minority - The objective of this report is to give a concise study regarding the Arab minority in Israel. It will trace some significant issues that have impacted the overall linguistic reality, nevertheless the marginalization of Arabs in that small but complex country. It will track the language policy adopted in that country, the educational, political,practical,social,ideological reasons that have lead to the Arabic status in Israel. Spolsky and shohamy(1999a:41)suggest an obvious difference among three things, language practices language ideology and language policy....   [tags: Arabic in Israel] 1354 words
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What Should Constitute The Canon of Sacred Scripture? - INTRODUCTION A debate lasting close to 2 millennia has fallen almost entirely out of favor in the popular realm of Christian Theology. Looking through countless theology books will result in almost nothing helpful, except for the occasional quotes from more obscure texts. Examining the discussion of councils related to this issue will result in frustration as the topic is left out entirely. In desperation, a curious inquirer may turn to Catholic texts, where Priests and experts will set out to discuss the issue in depth....   [tags: Protestants vs Catholics]
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