Introduction to Ancient Near East Thought (Class Notes)

In a recent Sunday School lesson, we reviewed the historical mindset of early Old Testament times by reviewing what those in the ANE (ancient Near East) believed about the world, how they processed information, their core beliefs and how these beliefs influenced and transferred over to the people of Israel. This mindset is essential to understanding many of the historical incidents that surrounded God’s people at the time of the Old Testaments penning (especially the Pentateuch) and I trust this short introduction will be helpful to you if you have never studied the OT in light of the surrounding cultures of the era. Happy New Year and YHWH bless all of you.