Solemnity of Pentecost Introduction 1. Human beings have always been in search of happiness and meaning. Augustine well expressed it: This statement already poses the problem of the tension between profound desire and moral choices, whether conscious or not.
By Thomas Levy and David Noel Freedman February Although the great American scholar William Foxwell Albright passed away many years ago, he is still regarded by most Levantine archaeologists, biblical scholars, and other Near Eastern researchers of the world of the Bible as a genius.
Albright was a master of so many disciplines linked to the study of the ancient Near East, in particular the world of the Old Testament Hebrew Biblethat he is considered one of the last great orientalists. Having its origins as far back as the 12th century, orientalism was the study of the synthetic and simultaneous study of the history, languages, and culture of the peoples of Asia.
While the idea of the orientalist took on negative overtones through the work of postmodern researchers in the late s and s, more objective approaches by scholars such as the anthropologist Ernest Gellner and others have shown that orientalist scholars such as the German Gustav Dalman, Palestinian Toufic Canaan, Alois Musil from Moravia now Czech Republicand men like Albright carried out their works more from a sense of humanism and a profound interest in the history of the peoples of the Bible lands rather than as cynical tools of imperial powers.
Even today ASOR American Schools of Oriental Researchthe flagship scholarly organization that Albright helped develop in the 20th century, retains the name that harkens back to the days when orientalism had a positive connotation. In biblical scholar Harry M. At that time there were approximately entries that spanned 30 years of scholarly work—an incredible amount of research that any scholar would be proud of.
The grand total is just under 1, items, including Bible 110 interpretation project, peer-reviewed articles, notes, book reviews, and other items that must surely set a record for productivity in the field of ancient Near Eastern studies and related fields.
Freedman, and was published as a book by the American Schools of Oriental Research. The fields of scholarly research that Albright controlled were vast and included archaeology, Semitic linguistics including all branches of the great family of languages, especially the numerous dialects of Northwest Semitic, but not neglecting Akkadian and Arabicepigraphy, orthography, ancient history, chronology, historical topography, mythology—in short, all facets of ancient Near Eastern civilization from the Chalcolithic period ca.
Professor Albright was the recipient of an unparalleled number of honorary degrees and a multiplicity of honors and awards from distinguished universities, learned societies, and other institutions around the world. The honor he prized most was his election to the National Academy of Sciences.
It is ironic that Albright chose to be a member of its Anthropology Section, since his quarrels with anthropologists of different schools were well known at the time. While archaeology in the English-speaking world—primarily the United States and the United Kingdom—was undergoing a major paradigm shift in the s with the birth of the new archaeology, archaeologists working in Syro-Palestine insulated themselves from this fundamental intellectual change.
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For the young Albright growing up in Chile in the late 19th century with a crippled left hand and severe nearsightedness was difficult. Nevertheless, he felt himself crippled from the age of five. Faced with taunts from the poor children of the nearby barrio where Albright lived in Chile, the child faced a barrage of name calling such as gringo and canuto protestant.
By the time he was 10 years old his parents promised to buy him his most cherished wish, provided he would fetch bread from the local bakery to help save the family money. Rogers of Drew University. By the time Albright was 22 he earned himself a much needed scholarship to Johns Hopkins University.
Shortly before embarking on his studies, he confided to his mother and aunt his passion for the life of scholarship that awaited him in Baltimore by saying: This welcome news came at a time when Albright wrote on several occasions that he felt he was on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
He felt that if only his eyesight and his mental stability would continue strong until his written exams, he would prevail in his studies; and they did.
By the end of his third year he spent 18 hours a day for three days at Prof. By the summer of Albright passed his oral exam and was awarded the Ph.
Not long after earning his doctoral degree Albright received his military draft questionnaire, filled it out, and dutifully returned it. With poor eyesight and a crippled hand, neither he nor his family expected he would be drafted or involved in the war in any way.
However, by July while relaxing at home in Iowa and studying Ethiopic in a rocking chair, he received his call-up and was inducted into the U. Army for limited service.
For just over six months Albright became a potato peeler and dishwasher for the war effort. By Christmas he was discharged and returned to Baltimore to resume his postdoctoral studies and teaching duties. At this time funds were short and to save money Albright was still wearing his army uniform around town.Date setters, making irresponsible predictions!
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An untold number of people have tried to predict the Lord's return by using elaborate time tables. Oct 09, · Bibl Interpretation Project 1 Ryan Wright BIBL The verses before and after Matthew all seem to have a common theme. I have spent a number of hours over this past weekend perusing through the long-awaited Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament (ICSBNT).
(The edition I am reviewing is the hardback one.) Simply put, it is fantastic and a great tool for Catholics. Over the past year or so, we have been blessed with an increase in the amount and quality of Bible . BIBL Quiz 2. STUDY. PLAY. What did Jesus give the disciples power to do?
don't force an interpretation on every point-Augustine details each has its own lesson many applications.
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65 terms. religion final study guide. OTHER SETS BY THIS CREATOR. The historicity of the Bible is the question of the Bible's "acceptability as a history", in the words of Thomas L. Thompson, a scholar who has written widely on this topic as it relates to the Old Testament.
This can be extended to the question of the Christian New Testament as an accurate record of the historical Jesus and the Apostolic Age.. Many fields of study span the Bible . INTRODUCTION 4. 1. Modern times have made Christians more aware of the close fraternal bonds that unite them to the Jewish people.
During the second world war (), tragic events, or more precisely, abominable crimes subjected the Jewish people to a terrible ordeal that threatened their very existence throughout most of Europe.