Most people think of the Bible as single book but it is in fact a library of many books. Even within some books more than one voice can be found. And which Bible is the Bible—the Jewish Tanakh, the Catholic Bible, the Protestant Bible? This lecture series will follow the history of the Bible from the modern translations of today back in time to the most ancient sources that began to become the Bible. These sources will include the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other ancient authors, and archaeological finds. The Bible will be considered like an archaeological site as we peel back the layers to find its foundations. This first lecture looks at the definition of the Bible, the history of the printed Hebrew Bible and the Masoretic Text.
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