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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. Working through colorful biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts, and drawing on an array of comparative examples, the course illustrates the thoroughgoing manner with which biblical authors responded to defeat by advancing a demotic agenda that places the community at the center. The aim of the biblical authors was to create a nation, and they sought to realize this goal via a shared text, which includes stories and songs, wisdom and laws. This corpus of writings belongs, without a doubt, to humanity’s greatest achievements. Whereas the great civilizations of the Near East invested their energies and resources into monuments of stone that could be destroyed by invading armies, the biblical authors left a literary legacy that has been intensively studied until the present day. More important, these authors’ visionary response to defeat brought to light a radical new wisdom: the notion that a people is greater than the state which governs it, and that a community can survive collapse when all of its members can claim a piece of the pie and therefore have a reason to take an active part in its collective life....

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19 de ago. de 2020

The course develops ways of considering the Hebrew Bible that empowers a believer in another faith tradition with a greater scope to look beyond assumptions about literal truths and polemic tropes.


11 de oct. de 2016

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!

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por Edi d

30 de ago. de 2016

This course has mad me look at the Bible in a completely new and exciting way.

por Gustavo O

13 de sep. de 2018

Very good teacher and the course is amazing! Thank you for share!!

por Saleh M

3 de nov. de 2016

it would be better if we could do exams without buying certificate

por Naokichi D

9 de mar. de 2018

Enriching historical knowledge in every course material.

por Rosalee C

7 de ago. de 2016

This is a very enlightening course. I loved it.

por Sven S

29 de nov. de 2018

Great course, very interesting and good lecturer

por David H

16 de may. de 2018

Great course, it gave me plenty to think about.

por Brigette M

26 de may. de 2021

Very enjoyable and insightful class Thank you

por Hadar Z

6 de nov. de 2021

very interesting, from many different angles.


1 de ago. de 2020

Amazing insight into the Biblical world.

por Jereesh E

11 de oct. de 2018

Very much interesting information

por Marco S d P

16 de may. de 2016

Grest course! I do recommend!

por Pamela m k

14 de ago. de 2016

Outstanding in every way.

por Winston A W

29 de nov. de 2020

Excellent, thank you.

por Guillermo

18 de jul. de 2017

Un curso excepcional

por Maria C B

11 de mar. de 2020


por Federico C

7 de jun. de 2018

Great teacher

por Lloyd H

1 de abr. de 2021


por Shannon M

27 de ene. de 2021

love it!!!

por Andreina L K

9 de jun. de 2019

Me encanto

por Lyola T

11 de abr. de 2020


por Steven R C

14 de nov. de 2019

Thank you

por Rodrigo A R O

20 de ago. de 2018

muy bueno

por Luz-Elena C

1 de ago. de 2017

Best one!

por Augustine B L

30 de ene. de 2017