The Hebrew Bible

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Introduction to the Hebrew Bible has provided me with a critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible and introduced a wide variety of interpretive strategies, including African American, anthropological, feminist, historical-critical, Jewish, and literary perspectives. These approaches were presented by our author’s, L. Juliana M. Claassens, Peter Enns, Walter Brueggemann, and John L. Collins. Each author provides a unique interpretation to help us comprehend how the text is an expression of one’s interpretive understanding. Having said that, the biggest influence has been how I will seek to present Old Testament scriptures more effectively while remembering the context and the audience in which I am presenting. For example, I believe the greatest lessons that I have been reminded of are, the Old Testaments Scriptures from my childhood, which have become a big part of my relationship with God and are based on a childlike faith, which must now grow in the richness of the different interpretations, it is this message that I can apply to life.
For example, I discovered from our study of the exodus from Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea, whether fact or myth this is one of the single greatest stories of salvation in the Old Testament, and it is continually told to represent God’s saving power. The Red Sea not only demonstrates God’s redemption of His people from slavery in Egypt, but it also foreshadows the greater spiritual reality of God’s salvation of the oppressed through the
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