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The Divine Council

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THE DIVINE COUNCIL

A term used by Hebrew and Semitics scholars for the heavenly host, the pantheon of divine beings who administer the affairs of the cosmos. All ancient Mediterranean cultures had some conception of a divine council. The divine council of Israelite religion, known primarily through the psalms, was distinct in important ways.

1. Textual Evidence
1.1. The Council of the Gods / God

Source: 
http://www.thedivinecouncil.com/
Author: 
Michael S. Heiser
Book: 
Articles on The Divine Council (Michael Heiser)
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The Bible and History

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Course: 
Early Christianity
Lecture: 
1012 Lecture 11

Note: The lecture concerns the historicity of the Bible. In other words, it addresses in what ways the Bible is historically accurate; the extent to which it can it be used as a historic source and what qualifications should be applied. This is intended to represent the academic viewpoint, not a religious one.

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http://politeacademics.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
July 13, 2010
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Apocalyptic Scriptures

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Course: 
Roman Palestine
Lecture: 
1011 Lecture 9

Only one book in the Hebrew Bible is generally classified as apocalyptic literature, and that is the book of Daniel. But that is not to say that Daniel is the only book that shows characteristics typical of apocalyptic literature. Certain motifs characteristic of apocalyptic eschatology can be found in the myths of ancient Mesopotamia. Motifs of cosmic warfare pervade mythic material, such as the battle between the high gods and the sea monsters. This divine warrior motif is also present in biblical apocalyptic literature.

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http://politeacademics.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
July 5, 2010
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The Age of Hellenism–2 / Jewish Reaction

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It is difficult to assess how Jewish society as a whole responded to this new reality. Did the isolated geographical circumstances of Jews (who lived primarily in the more remote hill country of Judea), combined with ethnic and religious differences, create a buffer between them and the outside world? Or were Jews affected by these changes in the same ways as were their pagan counterparts in the coastal cities, albeit at a somewhat slower pace? Unfortunately, our sources cannot answer these questions adequately.

Source: 
http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
December 31, 2009
Book: 
BCE Articles from Theophyle's English Blog - Babylon and the Second Temple Period
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The Significance of the Sabbatical Year

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The sabbatical year is mentioned three times in the Torah. The first is in Exodus 23:10–11: “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow. Let the needy among your people eat of it.” The emphasis in this passage is on letting the land lie fallow and the social benefits for the poor and impoverished.

Source: 
http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
October 12, 2009
Book: 
Miscellaneous Bible Articles from Theophyle's English Blog
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