Essay on What Is The Bible?

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The Bible is the most significant book in the history of civilization. In the context of Jewish history, the Bible’s impact on politics, history, and religion is without comparison. Along with establishing the covenant-based legitimacy of the Jewish people and their history, the Bible’s political impact is exemplified through prophetic politics, the power of kings, and the effects of political authority. Biblical archeology has discovered biblical structures which supports the historical validity of the Bible. The Bible’s effect on history, politics, and religion has shaped the world we live in today. In order to comprehend the level of significance the Bible represents, one must systematically break down the structure of the Bible. …show more content…
The development and destiny of the Jewish people emerged in the book of Genesis. According to Tony Fahey’s (Fahey 1982: 64) analysis of Max Weber’s Ancient Jerusalem, “The covenant conception argued by Weber as the initial great uniqueness of Israelite religiosity and political organization.” The uniqueness of the covenant conception regarding Abraham is exemplified in the first book of the Bible (Genesis. 15:18 New International Version);
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.

God’s covenant with Abraham displays the “choosiness” of his people in relation to Abraham and his offspring. The land from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates depicts Israel as the Promise Land handed directly to Abraham’s offspring from the covenant he made with God. Judaism’s direct correlation with God through Abraham and the Promise Land is seen through this covenant. The Bible connects God and his Chosen People through Genesis legitimizing the notion that Jews are in fact God’s Chosen People. Alongside Genesis, the second book of the Old Testament, Exodus, is seen as one of the most important books relating to Judaism. Exodus tells the story of
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