Ancient Israel Essays

  • The Sotah Ritual in Ancient Israel

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    The Sotah Ritual in Ancient Israel Introduction The ritual of the sotah from the book of Numbers is a fascinating passage to read in the Hebrew Bible. For one thing, this ritual deals with the idea of a man being able to bring his wife to trial, even if he has no evidence against her. While such an instance might be seen as negative treatment of women, others might explain it as the Israelites’ constant concern over the idea of impurity. Another interesting aspect of the sotah rite is that

  • Royal Ideology in Ancient Israel

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    The ongoing threat of invasion from the Philistines to some extent brought about the conditions for a monarchy within Israel. A line of charismatic Judges protected Israel before the adoption of the kingship. Thus it is evident that the change from a patriarchal, loosely-knit tribal rule to a centralised government with a monarch required much self understanding, a strong stance against anti-monarchical views and tolerance of royal ideology, which had in part to be appropriated from neighbouring

  • Exploring The Four Ancient Civilizations- Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Israel

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    Before the beginning of history, people from across the land gradually developed numerous cultures, each unique in some ways while the same time having features in common. Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Israel are all important to the history of the world because of religious, social, political and economic development. In the first civilization, both Mesopotamia and Egypt relied on a hunter-gatherer economic system, during that time, every country in the world strived on it. Mesopotamia had rich

  • King Solomon

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    King Solomon King Solomon ruled all of Israel in an outstanding way from 977 to 937 BCE (12). Despite his wealth and power, Solomon is known to history for his wisdom and as the builder of the Temple of Jerusalem. He has been credited with authoring all or parts of three books of the Bible (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon). King Solomon was the ruler of ancient Israel who reigned from 961-922 BC (8). He is the son of David and Bathsheba. Solomon succeeded his father as king and

  • Moses

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    slavery in Egypt to freedom as a nation in the land of Israel. For 40 years Moses led the people through the desert on their way to Israel and helped shape them into a nation that could live under the laws of God. Moses oversaw the creation and development of the first Israelite systems of worship, the anointing of the family line of his brother Aaron as priests, and the creation of a legal system of governance for the community. Ancient Israel had a long oral tradition of laws and legends, and it

  • Covenant and Promise

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    should observe towards one another in a covenant relationship. •     The covenant ‘chesed’ of God is so strong that it can never pass away. The Covenant with Abraham •     The records of ancient Israel were not written down until the time of King David, who had a court and a scribe. This was the time when Israel possessed the land of Canaan. •     The records were then redacted at later dates, significantly in the period of the exile (597BCE) •     There are two covenants recorded in Genesis made

  • The Levirate Law in the Biblical Story of Tamar

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    The law of the levirate was a standard male-centered practice in ancient Israel. It also was the only way that Tamar could ensure her dependent status within her late husband’s family and evade the shame of returning home. The WBC explains her predicament precisely, “Even more anomalous is the young childless widow who has no hope of becoming a fruitful member of her husband’s clan once the husband is dead. Indeed, she has altogether lost her tie with that clan. Yet she, like the barren wife, no

  • The Tomb of Jesus

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    The first inscription, written in Aramaic, states: "Yeshua bar Yosef." Translated, it reads "Jesus son of Joseph." This is very rare. The second inscription, written in Hebrew reads: "Maria." 25 % of all Jewish women in first century Judea (ancient Israel) were called "Miriam," in English, "Mary." As a result, to distinguish one from the other, variants and nicknames were adopted. Through literary sources the name of the mother of Jesus has always come down to us in one way: "Maria." Finding a

  • Leprosy

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    loose your nose, ears, or even legs to amputation. Unfortunately the physical ailments are the best part. Throughout history leprosy sufferers have been cast off from society with as much concern that dead bodies are sent to graves. If you were in ancient Israel, your fellow citizens would have you shave your whole body, eyebrows included, and live outside the city in tattered clothing uttering "unclean, unclean" (Lev. 13, 14). To make it worse the same book that was worshiped and read aloud on Sundays

  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict

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    people has been caused by both sides wanting control and power while attempting to prove their superiority over the other. This conflict is a struggle between the Jewish state of Israel and the Arabs of the Middle East. This conflict has included several wars between Israel and certain Arab countries that are opposed to Israel 's existence. The Arab-Israeli tension began prior to the colonization of the British; however the tension grew when the United Kingdom attempted to assisted during World War I

  • Invasion Of Canaan Research Paper

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    Canaan was a large and prosperous country and is now known as the present day Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, adjacent to the coastal lands and parts of Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Although the promised land was given to Abraham and his descendants, the people who lived there, the Canaanites were considered enemies of the Israelites, who were more interested in pleasing themselves and who had an idolatrous religion, known for worshipped the fertility god; a people who worshipped many gods

  • The Crusades and the Israeli Palestine Conflict

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    control. Work Cited "The Crusades (Overview)." World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. “Pope Urban II.” Crusades. Wikipedia, 2011. 12 Oct. 2011. (Quote). "The Crusades (Visual)." World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. “Selected Natural Resources in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” Jewish Virtual Library 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. “Selected Quotes - Israel/Palestine.” Connexions 2011 12 Oct. 2011 “10 Questions About God

  • The History and Culture of Israel

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    The history about Israel goes from the time of Christ up to today’s relationship with other countries in a peaceful manner. Israel have a lot of conflict with their suppose brothers that surround them. Still, they have the time to negotiate and be a better country for the new generation. That why today they can be thankful to be part of allied forces with the United States. Israel, slightly larger than Massachusetts, lies at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel is surrounding by Egypt

  • My Promised Land

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    Zionists aboard a small steamer headed for Jaffa: the gentleman is no other than Ari Shavit's great-grandfather. The Oxus delegation is mainly composed by upper-middle-class educated British Jews, expected to report their impressions about the ancient land of Israel to Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism. Herzl and his supporters believe the Jewish civilization in the Diaspora is now condemned either to disappear or to be assimilated, and that an urgent solution is required. In the years previous

  • Anne Frank: A Voice Against Anti-Semitism

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    of the most severe problems throughout history. Anti-Semitism has benefited the Israelites and the Jewish faith as a whole, by depicting Israel as the Jewish Holy Land. The Jewish religion probably received the most attention out of any other religion throughout time because they have fought over a specific piece of land that they call Canaan (modern day Israel) and believe that it is their land because God gave it to them. One of the most popular stories of the Old Testament explains the history

  • Israel

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    Israel The Official language for Israel is Hebrew. It is a very old language dating back over 5000 years. The version that is spoken today is different than the kinda of Hebrew written in the Old Testament. The version spoken today is commonly refered to as modern Hebrew. Since Israel is a Jewish state, naturally the main religion is going to be Judaism. There is also a lot of Muslims and Christians, but most of the people are Jewish. Many of the Jewish Holiday are also national holidays

  • Function of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)

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    ultimately joined by professional, labour and student associations and also by some individuals. The purpose of the PLO is to help the Palestinians "to recover their usurped homes" and to replace Israel with a secular Palestinian state. To that end, it has been responsible for commando acts both in Israel and in other countries. The PLO works through three parts: 1.the Executive Committee, a decision-making body 2.the Central Committee, an advisory body 3.the Palestine National Council which

  • The Philistine Research Paper

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    migratory tribes and it was used as a symbol for nomadic people, or it is a Greek identification for the Philistines who are nomadic (Walid 29). Several authors suggest that the name is a derivative of god Pale, an ancient and androgynous god who received much praise and worship in the ancient Palestine region. Therefore,

  • The Middle East : A Place Of Conflict

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    The Middle East has always been known as a place of conflict. Especially today, when there are so many terrorists that they make the news at least once a month, but this has been going on throughout its history. The reason for many of its problems comes from its diverse cultures and religions, this creates a kind of friction among them that doesn 't go away and does turn to violence. However, the Middle East has been able to keep its power because of its abundance of oil. For this, many countries

  • Jewish Diaspora

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    From the time when Israel has been established in 1948, migrants have steadily been leaving Israel for other nations. According to Rubin (2014), "When emigrating from Israel, former Israelis join a large and diverse community of diaspora Jews" (742). An interesting concept is that both the Israeli and Jewish diaspora shared the same mutual characteristics