This lecture presents important considerations of context in beginning the study of Hebrew Bible. What do we know about any text we are presented with? What should we understand about the ways the writers of biblical literature thought? Why is it important to divest ourselves of the notion that Hebrew Bible is linear and understand that the volume in front of us is a composite work? Why is the term "Old Testament" rejected by academics and why must we understand that the Hebrew Bible is not a Christian book?

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