Comparative Literature 1, Section 3 lecture
1. Christian Bible
a. Old testament—Begins with the five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
b. New testament
c. Old Hebrew had no vowels and line breaks were irrelevant: mnngtcldblkths (meaning it could be like this)
d. 1900-1700 BCE (Before Common Era) Abraham and his offspring are sort of the traditional Jewish Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and someone—they and their followers were farmers.
i. They are the father figures for the understanding of the Jewish fate.
ii. Lived in Canaan
e. 1700—Jewish ancestors were let into Egypt because there was a huge famine in Canaan.
i. Enslaved by Egyptian Pharaoh
ii. 400 years of slavery—1300 BCE—Moses leads the Jews and a “mixed multitude of others,” out of Egypt. Wandered for 40 years before making it back to Israel.
iii. Midway through that 40, Moses receives the 10 commandments, according to Jews: The whole Torah (the basic laws of the Torah which was edited over time because of oral history.)
iv. 1260—Return to Israel. Portioned out to the 12 tribes of Israel—These tribes were the 12 brothers of Joseph and each ruled their own little territories.
v. 12 groups and a central council who make the political decisions
vi. 1000 BCE—Kings: Saul, David, Solomon
vii. 900 BCE--Two kingdoms, Israel and Judah
viii. After Solomon’s death, there is a fight for the throne, and Israel is split
ix. 750—Israel falls
x. 587—Judah falls to Babylon
xi. 538—Jews return to Israel
f. The Character Lot
i. God-fearing and hospitable
ii. Let strangers in and offered his daughter to the horde
January 26, 2012
2. Essay stuff!
a. 1000 words and MLA formatting
b. Argumentative paper with close...