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  1. Generations HUM 2051: Civilization I Fall 2012 Dr. Perdigao August 29, 2012

  2. Recycling Dates 2000-1700 BC/BCE Age of Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Joseph 1700-1500 BCE Hebrews prosper in Egypt under Hyksos 1500-1290 BCE Hebrews suffer oppression in Egypt after expulsion of Hyksos 1290-1225 BCE Exodus: Moses (c. 1292), conquest of Palestine 1024-922 BCE Saul, David, Solomon, kingdom of Israel 722 BCE Kingdom of Israel falls to Assyrians (722 BCE) 586 BCE Kingdom of Judah falls to Chaldeans, leads to Babylonian Captivity; release in 539 BCE by Cyrus when Persians conquer Babylon

  3. The Tradition • Greek and Roman—contributed three types of literature—epic, drama, lyric (song) • Bible offers two genres—prose: narrative (saga) and history (historical narrative); lyric poetry • No drama but dialogue and confrontation; Job reads like a tragedy

  4. Legacies • Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 17-19) • Lot, Lot’s wife: “Don’t look behind you and don’t stop anywhere on the plain. Flee to the high country lest you be wiped out.” (50) • Pillar of salt • Sodom and Gomorrah • Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22) • Ram • Isaac and Rebekah—Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25, 27) “Two nations—in your womb, / two peoples from your loins shall issue. / People after people shall prevail, / the elder, the younger’s slave.” (51) • Birthright, blessing • Jacob’s son Joseph as favored son, marked with tunic (Genesis 37, 39-46)

  5. For Joseph • Reuben • Judah • Potiphar • Cupbearer and baker • Cupbearer—vine, three tendrils, grapes, in palm=3 days, restored place • Baker—baskets, birds eating=impale on pole, birds eat flesh • Two years, Pharaoh’s dream—Nile, seven cows, seven ears • Cupbearer reminded of Joseph, deciphers dream • Joseph’s two sons—Manasseh (released from debt); Ephraim (fruitful in land of affliction)

  6. Conclusions • Jacob sends sons from Canaan to Egypt because of famine in Canaan • Benjamin remains behind • Interpretation issues—from Babel—Joseph understands, Reuben blames brothers • Simeon remains; others return with Benjamin, favored youngest son • Reveals covenant (63) • Survival of family because of servitude, betrayal

  7. Cycles • New covenant (35)—first with Noah never to destroy earth again, this time blessing to people of Israel, “great nation” as destiny • Complications overcome to fulfill covenant—barren Sarah, sacrifice of Isaac, trick of Esau, betrayal of Joseph • Fratricide, betrayal, like in Cain and Abel • Land left to attain settled home, evaded • Finally leads to giving of law to Moses