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originally posted by: schuyler
How is the "Christian version of the Old Testament" different than any other version? The New Testament is Christian. The Old Testament is, besides a lot of other things, an historical document of a few tribes of desert dwellers. Insofar as you can separate out the myth from the history, it is as valid a document as any other of a period where very little is documented at all. I agree that getting that encyclopedia will supplement your education. There's no reason to assume this course will be slanted toward Christianity. I mean, you haven't taken the course yet, right? And it's a lower level course, right? You may be jumping to conclusions a priori here.
originally posted by: Atsbhct
It's still early days in the semester. Is she pulling one on the class, to see who will refute her claims taken from biblical sources at the end?
I once took an entry level history class that took this approach. The professor stated after awhile that, "I could tell you anything about history, or you could look it up. What you really need to be amateur historians, and to pass this class, is the ability to think critically."
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: JoshuaCox
I don't know that particular course, but I am familiar with history generally.
I have to tell you that modern academics do not use the Old Testament as a straight source for the history of ancient Israel.
Of course it will be the main source of literary information, simply because there isn't much else except archaeology and the records of other civilisations. However, they will view it with a critical eye. To take one example, they will think that the "invasion" period is better reflected in the scrappy events of Judges ch1 than in the idealised (from the Israelite standpoint) account of Joshua.
John Bright's classic history of Israel should be near the top of your reading list.