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EPISODE 2: THE HALL OF HEROES

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Exploring the composition, structure and development of the Catholic Bible, the literary types used in it and important terms related to reading and understanding the Scriptures

Exploring the composition, structure and development of the Catholic Bible, the literary types used in it and important terms related to reading and understanding the Scriptures

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    • 1.  
    • 2. Previously on
    • 3. A WORLD OF HEROES
    • 4. Sumer Egypt Assyria Persia Babylon The LAND
    • 5. HISTORY
    • 6. PEOPLE
    • 7. the context
    • 8. revelation inspiration tradition
    • 9. revelation inspiration tradition The act of God manifesting His presence and His will to a person or persons He chooses. It’s all God’s choice! The act of God’s chosen people in safe keeping/safeguarding/ preserving God’s revelation by remembrance, sharing with others, and recording The act of God moving or motivating His chosen to respond to His revelation, to act according to His will and purpose. oral written
    • 10. Specific circumstances Particular culture Real historical events
    • 11. God’s Word comes to us clothed in the particular culture and historical experience of the chosen people to whom He revealed His will with divine inspiration.
    • 12.  
    • 13. reading the Bible in context
    • 14. Can we take whatever is recorded in the Bible at face value?
    • 15. Can we take God’s Word revealed in the Bible as genuine and true?
    • 16. the hall of heroes
    • 17. How did it develop? What makes up the Bible? What are the essential concepts we need to understand and keep in mind as we study the Bible?
    • 18. not just a BOOK, but a whole LIBRARY
    • 19.  
    • 20. New Testament Old Testament
    • 21. not a collection of books written outright in any modern language
    • 22. a collection of books written in ancient language
    • 23. rural and agricultural Small, weak and insignificant
    • 24.  
    • 25. Poetry and prayers prophecies Laws and rituals Proverbs and wise sayings Sermons and songs
    • 26. A collection of different kinds of writing
    • 27.  
    • 28.  
    • 29.  
    • 30. From REVELATION to TRANSLATION From ANCIENT TEXT to MODERN EDITION
    • 31. in person REVELATION events situations through other people
    • 32. Through the Holy Spirit inspiration Moving, motivating to respond Listening, acting, sharing, transmitting, preserving
    • 33. ORAL tradition WRITTEN - testimony - Interpretation - instruction - reminder - expression of faith - not exactly an actual record of events - written in the context of the writer’s community
    • 34. The Bible was not written in one day or even in a thousand years!
    • 35. compilation Gathering of extant or available documents and examining them
    • 36. redaction recovering lost documents through archaeology, piecing together fragments and examining their authenticity
    • 37. codex A collection of manuscripts compiled according to similarity - origin, time of discovery, place found, subject matter, author, people who collected them
    • 38. canon Authenticated and approved collection of manuscripts from various compiled and redacted codices.
    • 39.  
    • 40.  
    • 41.  
    • 42. Hebrew translation Greek (koine) Latin European languages Local and modern idiom
    • 43. editions Done according to need and circumstances St. Jerome Latin Vulgate John Wycliffe 1st English Bible
    • 44. editions Done according to need and circumstances Erasmus Gutenberg King James I
    • 45. editions Done according to need and circumstances John Calvin Martin Luther Noah Webster
    • 46. editions Done according to need and circumstances Paul VI John XXIII John Paul II
    • 47. so many editions and versions, which one to read?
    • 48. Is this our Textbook Bible ?
    • 49.  
    • 50. Guided REFLECTION
    • 51.  
    • 52. Homework: Reaction paper
    • 53. Blogging the Bible What happens when an ignoramus reads the Good Book? By David Plotz http://www.slate.com/id/2141050
    • 54. Like many lax but well-educated Jews (and Christians), I have long assumed I knew what was in the Bible—more or less. I read parts of the Torah as a child in Hebrew school, then attended a rigorous Christian high school where I had to study the Old and New Testaments. Many of the highlights stuck in my head—Adam and Eve, Cain vs., Abel, Jacob vs. Esau, Jonah vs. whale, 40 days and nights, 10 plagues and Commandments, 12 tribes and apostles, Red Sea walked under, Galilee Sea walked on, bush into fire, rock into water, water into wine. And, of course, I absorbed other bits of Bible everywhere—from stories I heard in churches and synagogues, movies and TV shows, tidbits my parents and teachers told me. All this left me with a general sense that I knew the Good Book well enough, and that it was a font of crackling stories, Jewish heroes, and moral lessons.
    • 55. So, what can I possibly do? My goal is pretty simple. I want to find out what happens when an ignorant person actually reads the book on which his religion is based. I think I'm in the same position as many other lazy but faithful people (Christians, Jews, Moslems, Hindus). I love Judaism; I love (most of) the lessons it has taught me about how to live in the world; and yet I realized I am fundamentally ignorant about its foundation, its essential document . So, what will happen if I approach my Bible empty, unmediated by teachers or rabbis or parents? What will delight and horrify me? How will the Bible relate to the religion I practice, and the lessons I thought I learned in synagogue and Hebrew School?
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