A Post for My Favorite Class

[Later: Don’t mind me: just showing WordPress to my students. Nothing to see here.]

This is my first entry for my class. I hope I’m doing it right.

The class is about the literature of ancient Israel.

2 Responses

  1. What is the exegesis of the word “ancient” as you apply it to Israel and literature?

    • Hi PCiT,
      I don’t think I’d say “exegesis” (it’s not wrong, but for clarity I’ll reserve the word for what we’re doing with biblical texts), but simply “definition” or similar.

      I don’t have anything esoteric in view: “ancient” the way we usually use it. Something that existed a very long time ago, and no longer exists. Ancient Rome. Ancient Persia. Ancient Israel.

      “Ancient Israel” can be a helpful way to make clear that we’re *not* talking, for instance, about the modern state of Israel.


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