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  • 1. Introducing the Hebrew Bible
    Canon, Literature,Text, and Translation

2. Toward A Working Definition of the Hebrew Bible
The Hebrew HB is an ancient collection of diverse and complex texts reflecting interdependent expressions of the life, thought, and witness of ancient Israel and primitive Judaism that is regarded by Jewish and Christian religious traditions as possessing special sanctity and authority.
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3. Antiquity of Hebrew Bible Text
The text of the Hebrew Bible is more than 2000 years old.
The Hebrew Bible is the product of a remote Ancient Near Eastern milieu.
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4. Understanding the Hebrew Bible as an Anthology
The Hebrew Bible is a collection of documents from different sources.
The genres of the Hebrew Bible are manifold.
The interrelationship of documents that compose the Hebrew Bible is a literary complex.
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5. Contents of the Hebrew Bible
The contents of the Hebrew Bible represent the life, thought and witness of ancient Israel and primitive Judaism.
Despite the composite nature of the Hebrew Bible, the unification and organization of its content suggests an interdependence of expression.
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6. The Sacredness of the Hebrew Bible
Despite the difference in content organization, Judaism and Christianity regard the Hebrew Bible as scripture.
The Hebrew Bible is divinely inspired.
The Hebrew Bible is a rule by which these religious traditions measure themselves.
The Hebrew Bible is a norm by which these religious traditions govern themselves.
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