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.
The Bible's Prehistory, Purpose, and Political FutureEmory University
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Opened my eyes to the value of the Old Testament not just for my faith but for society. Recommend this course to all.
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
I found this course very interesting, and learnt a great deal about how and why the Bible came to be written.
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