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THE 512 The Hebrew Bible and Its Inner "Re-readings"

Far from being a single book that speaks with a single voice, the Hebrew Bible contains many voices that speak to a wide range of issues. This course looks at those voices and how they interact with one another. In particular, it examines how a number of later texts in the Hebrew Bible comment on, reinterpret, and even call into question earlier texts in a process that the Pontifical Biblical Commission calls "re-readings" ["The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church," III,A,1]. The course considers how this phenomenon of reinterpretation within biblical texts influenced ancient Israel's understanding of social institutions such as law and the family as well as important theological concepts such as God, sin, worship, and justice. It also explores how the process of reinterpreting older traditions continued beyond the texts of the Hebrew Bible and still continues today.