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    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

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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

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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

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    In Lester L. Grabbe’s book Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It, his aim was to not just tell a history of ancient Israel, but to survey sources and investigate data in order to understand the interpretations that the available sources give and to reconstruct an acceptable history for Israel. He referred to this as the “prolegomena” of the actual history of Israel- the question of how historians can verify that the history of ancient Israel is undoubtedly true, and how necessary

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    Ancient Israel Adoption

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    In Old Testament Israel adoption was not a common practice (Youngblood, et al, 18). However, because of Roman influence, New Testament Israelites did adopt, adhering to Roman law: 1) the adopter was a childless male, 2) the adopted was an adult who agreed to be adopted and had proved themselves worthy of carrying the family name (Youngblood, et al, 18; Packer, 242). Having an heir was the reason for which adoptions occurred (Packer, 244). In spite of the fact that our adoption was entirely based

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    There has been much debate among researchers about the presence of formal education in Ancient Israel. There are scholars who believe the development of the linear alphabet led to widespread literacy in Ancient Israel and other parts of the Near East. However, there are others who believe, that while the linear alphabet was less extensive than the previously, pictographic texts used by the Phoenicians and Egyptians, there was still a learning curve which would have taken more than just a few days

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    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

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    Holocaust

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    of anti-Semitism today. The roots of anti-Semitism were believed to be started in Ancient Israel. When Ancient Israel was invaded and destroyed, rulers blamed the Jews for the disaster. “The Jews had turned to another God and neglected their own ancient laws and Gods, therefore the Gods punished Israel”(Patterson 3). The Jews were then forced to leave Israel. After leaving Ancient Israel, many Jews arrived in Ancient Greece and Rome. “It was in Alexandria where the first anti-Jewish acts were recorded”

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    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

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    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

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