RLG100Y1 Lecture : Judaism

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27 Dec 2011
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Ethnic tradition identified by a nation of people. Seen itself as a people tied together by a history. Premised on a pious involvement in the faith (secular jews and atheist are ok) Against the backdrop of the mesopotamian civilizations. Mesopotamian religions practiced polytheistic traditions and idol worship. In early forms was referred to the religion of the hebrew peoples. Elements of nature were divinized and deities were understood by having a certain gender. In their cosmogonic (stories about the world and earth) myths represented by the sexual union of different gods and goddesses coming together. Judaism was concerned with getting way from these amoral anthropomorphic g-ds. Early doctrines of judaism revolutionary in this time period. Monotheism early was not the same as later on. The commitment to worship one g-d, later there is only one g-d. Over the course of history their g-d was not one among many but there was only one g-d. monotheism as it is today.

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