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Lecture 3

RLGA02H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Burning Bush, Monogamy, Monolatrism

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David Perley

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Religion Lecture 3 notes
Torah oral, written, Hebrew bible
1. In its most general sense
God’s guidance/laws
2. Slightly more specific
The scriptures and commentaries
3. Hebrew bible and or 5 books of Moses
Words have different meanings polynemous
o In the beginning was the word John
o Jesus has a divine nature, so he’s at the initial stage, he’s coexistent
The world of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs
o Patriarchs Father (mostly stories about patriarchs)
o Matriarchs Mother
o Abraham is considered the first patriarch
Name is abram at first and then changed to Abraham due to role chane
God’s asking Abraham to follow the covenant (circumcision)
Asking for an exclusive relationship (only worship one god)
Initially not saying that all other gods are false
Monotheism one god exists
Monolatry worshipping 1 gods, but others exist
During abraham’s period, god asks him to worship him due to superiority
Symbolic of exclusive relationship circumsicion as “signing” the contract
Abraham Hagar is mistress
o Sarah is the wife
o Isaac -> hebrew linieage
o Has a son named Jacob
Abraham needs to sacrifice Isaac due to God’s orders
When doing so, a Ram appears from the bushes to be sacrificed instead (it was just
a test)
Obedience of Abraham leads to gain of wealth/land
o Ishmael Arabs
o Was used for sacrifice instead
Jacob (“Israel”)
- Israelites
- Has dreams of God approaching him
- He gets into a fight with an “angel” “spirit” by doing this he gets his new name “Israel” meaning
- While he gets a new name the name “Israelites” forms and becomes the name of community
- Identity and land are tied together
- Israelites settle in Caanann (what is now Israel)
- Jacob’s son
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