With its walls razed to ground by Babylon’s armies, Jerusalem joined a long line of ancient vanquished cities—from Ur and Nineveh and Persepolis to Babylon itself. While some recovered from the destruction, others did not. But none responded to political catastrophe by fashioning the kind of elaborate and enduring monument to their own downfall that we find in the Bible. Most conquered populations viewed their subjugation as a source of shame. They consigned it to oblivion, opting instead to extol the golden ages of the past. The biblical authors in contrast reacted to loss by composing extensive writings that acknowledge collective failure, reflect deeply upon its causes, and discover thereby a ground for collective hope.
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It's a very good course if you want to know how the bible came into being, events that happened from the very beginning and how the bible continues to remain and be read even today. Wonderful!
Excellent course, providing a broad background of the historical Bible, as deep as you care to go and a good companion to the various Bible studies I've taken.
A deeply thought provoking and challenging course that exceeded my expectations, chiefly, by the way it helped me connect the ancient past with the present.
The first of many classes I intend to take on this subject. Please have others.\n\nA great class that brought many new thoughts and many revelations.
I found the background given for the writing of the bible very interesting and gave me a whole new perspective on Hebrew Scriptures.
Very interesting discussion about the writing of the Hebrew Bible. Particularly enjoyed the interviews with experts in the field.
This is one of the best courses I have taken with Coursera. the lectures were excellent and the readings were also wonderful.
I found this course very interesting, and learnt a great deal about how and why the Bible came to be written.
Very great course for believers and non belivers, packed with useful information
Great course! As a non christian I learn a lot about western culture and history
This course has mad me look at the Bible in a completely new and exciting way.
Excellent course! Professor Wright is passionate, warm and engaging. Loved it!