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Course :  Introduction to the Old Testament With Christine Hayes

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Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) (RLST 145) with Christine Hayes This lecture begins with the Book of Lamentations, a short book of dirges that laments the destruction of Jerusalem and moves on to introduce the third and final section of the Hebrew Bible - the Ketuvim, or "Writings." This section of the Bible contains three books that exemplify the ancient Near Eastern literary genre of "Wisdom" -- Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes. Proverbs reinforces the Deuteronomistic idea of divine retributive justice according to which the good prosper and the evil are punished. The conventional assumption of a moral world order is attacked in the Book of Job. The book explores whether people will sustain virtue when suffering and afflicted, and brings charges of negligence and mismanagement against God for failing to punish the wicked and allowing the righteous to suffer. 00:00 - Chapter 1. The Book of Lamentations 08:31 - Chapter 2. An Introduction to Wisdom Books in the "Ketuvim" 13:19 - Chapter 3. The Book of Proverbs 19:48 - Chapter 4. Structure of and Literary Components in The Book of Job 25:40 - Chapter 5. Prose Prologue in the Book of Job 30:36 - Chapter 6. Poetic Speech Cycles in the Book of Job 45:26 - Chapter 7. God's Response in the Book of Job Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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