My happiness comes from… …

Ancient Literature An Introduction

Classic Culture

Palestine (Hebrews) idea of a personal God and a moral code

Greece (Greeks) man’s tradition to extol life and nature

Ancient PalestinE
• also known as Holy Land • site of Israel and Judah

Ancient Palestinian Literature
• Hebrew Scriptures – greatest literary achievement • Sacred Scriptures or the Bible – most sacred book of the Jews and Christians – considered to be the Word of God – contains songs, parables, riddles, exalted poetry, proverbs, history, drama, war, biography, etc.

• a collection of sacred songs, poems and prayers • Israel’s worship and experience of God • traditionally attributed to King David • expresses human emotions

• • • • • meditates mockers chaff wither yields


• stories were traditionally told orally • papyrus – made into writing paper on which the Bible was written • parchment or vellum – later used • two main divisions: – Old Testament – New Testament

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of

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