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Revelation in History and Law. Categorization of First Testament Scripture. Law and History Texts. First five books of the Bible/Torah (Pentateuch) outline the Law Law meaning “Something laid down, fixed” Historical texts Ancestry of the Hebrews. Law. Centres around Covenant

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Law and history texts
Law and History Texts

  • First five books of the Bible/Torah (Pentateuch) outline the Law

  • Law meaning “Something laid down, fixed”

  • Historical texts

  • Ancestry of the Hebrews


Revelation in history and law
Law

  • Centres around Covenant

  • Basis of society

  • Law points to highest values (constitution)

  • Point to relationship with God

Without laws, Canada would cease being a sovereign, democratic, capitalist, parliamentary-democracy. Laws, therefore, establish who and what we are.


God of the covenant
God of the Covenant

  • Covenant comes from Hebrew Berit (literally, to shackle)

  • Different kinds of Covenants

    • Friendship

    • Contract

    • Peace Treaty

    • Marriage

    • Treaty between Kings

    • Lord and Vassal

Above: Friendship Covenant

Below: Master-Servant Covenant


Law of god
Law of God

  • Decalogue (Exod. 20)

  • The Covenant Code (Exod. 21-23)

    • Casuistic Laws (Case-by-case scenarios)

    • Laws originating from rural economy (not nomadic)

  • Deuteronomist Code (Deut. 12-26)

    • Laws originating from urban monarchy

    • Laws from king, how to conduct war, how to determine who is a real prophet

  • The Holiness Code (Lev. 17-26)

    • Laws for Priests

Nothing symbolizes law better than the ravenous characters of Boston Legal


History covered in first testament
History Covered in First Testament

  • Over 2000 years of history covered

  • Extends as far back as 4000 BCE (time of Abraham)

  • Formation of Israel

  • Israel situated between main powers of the Middle East

  • Constantly being conquered and re-conquered


God intervenes in history
God Intervenes in History

  • Prophets

  • Messiah Figures

  • Nature


Atonement
Atonement

  • Sacrifice and ritualistic purification

  • Innocent blood offered up

  • Establishes right relationship with God

  • Receive worldly blessings

  • Shift in 6th century BCE

  • Development of afterlife


National identity
National Identity

  • Zionism

  • A light to the nations

  • God physically present in the Temple