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By Nicoletta Gatti

This e-book is an introductory research of the previous testomony and it's in response to the lesson taught for a few years by way of the authors in diverse Universities in Ghana. it's an interactive and didactic paintings that offers an leading edge method of the learn of the Hebrew Bible. via examining chosen passages from the Bible and doing urged routines as a way of reinforcing what has been learnt, the reader will in achieving an outstanding wisdom of the previous testomony and should collect the aptitude of analyzing and studying additional texts. each one bankruptcy starts with a presentation of a map of the adventure, the targets to be accomplished, a precis and a last part that is helping the coed to guage his/her comprehension. This booklet is additionally a contextualized textual content. The final bankruptcy is devoted to the previous testomony in Africa and the connection among the African Continent and the Bible, giving the reader the chances of buying abilities to interpret the previous testomony from African views.

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T h e Poetic/Wisdom Books 4. T h e Prophetic Books The Arrangement o f the Books in the Septuagint Manuscripts o f the Septuagint exhibit differences in both the number o f books they contain and the order in which they are arranged, hence the variations in the number o f books in the Septuagint. W hat follows is just one out o f the many lists. 56 Pentateuch Historical Books Poetic Books Prophetic Books Genesis Exodus Joshua Judges Ruth Psalms Odes Major Prophets Leviticus (Including the Psalms Isaiah Jeremiah o f M anasseh) Baruch 3 and 4 Kings Proverbs Ecclesiastes Lamentations, Letter of Jeremiah (in Hebrew, 1 & 2 Kings) Song of Songs Ezekiel 1 and 2 Chronicles Apocryphal Ezra Job Wisdom of Solomon (1 Ezra) Ben Sirach Ezra-Nehemiah (Ecclesiasticus) (2 Ezra) Psalms o f Solomon Numbers 1 and 2 Kings (in Hebrew, 1 and Deuteronomy 2 Sam uel) Esther Daniel (with apocryphal addi­ tions, including the Prayer o f A zariah and the song of the three children, Susanna, and Bel and D ragon ) (with Apocryphal A dditions) Judith Tobit 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees 3 Maccabees 4 Maccabees Minor Prophets Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi Many books were eventually excluded from this canon when the Chris­ tians adopted it.

T h e traditions o f the Northern part eventually developed into the Sacred History o f the North (E). T h e collection o f laws gath­ ered in the North, were brought to the South when Israel was con­ quered by the Assyrians and became known as Deuteronomy (D). When Judah in turn had been conquered by the Babylonians and was taken into exile in Babylon, the exiles under the leadership o f their priests, reflecting on their experiences in the light of their earlier traditions rethought their history, which developed into the Priestly History (P).

These attestations suggest: a) T h at the Psalms occupy a primary position in the third division. b) T h at the list was fluid, since the L X X tradition accepted other books into the Palestinian tradition. 44 T he Septuagint tradition, also known as the Alexandrian Canon, revo­ lutionised the process by drawing up a different list. Manuscripts within this tradition show that there was not one list but many at the time, which again suggests the fluidity o f a canonical list. It was only after the assembly o f Jam nia1 that a definite list o f canonical books for the Palestinian Judaism was drawn up, which became binding for the Syna­ gogue till today.

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