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Lecture

Lecture on Judaism-October 2


Department
Religion
Course Code
RLG100Y1
Professor
Andre Maintenay

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October 2nd
Judaism
Hebrew Bible - VDPHDV&KULVWLDQLW\¶VROGWHVWDPHQW- core of Jewish faith/basis
- text contain the most important and fundamental issues on judaism
- major doctrines - JRGDQGJRG¶VUHODWLRQVKLSWRKXPDQLW\
- religious and ethnical
- basis for Jewish life - rituals, prayers, festivals
- record of Jewish history as is understood by the jews themselves
- texts were first written by Moses (not proven)
- 1500 years or more in existence
- originally transmitted orally and then committed to writing later on
3 sections of the Hebrew Bible:
1) Torah - Pentateuch
- Torah - ³WHDFKLQJNQRZOHGJH´LQSDUWLFXODUUHOLJLRXVO
- Pentateuch - ³WKHILUVWERRNVRIWKHELEO
- includes material beginning of history on huPDQLW\JRG¶VFUHDWLRQ- e.g. contains story of
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1HYL¶LP- Prophets
- books named after different prophets
- contain accounts of situation in which these prophets lived
- FRQWDLQJRG¶Vguidance through these figures
3) Kethuvim - µ:ULWLQJ
- creative/imaginative storys
- hymns, songs, poetry, short story
- in ritual life of tradition
~ the 3 sections are = TANAKH
- beginning of text : Genesis - JRG¶VFUHDWLRQRIKXPDQLW\OLYLQJPRrally and righteously
1st book - primeval - mythic approach to beginning of humanity
- 1st 12 chapters - Genesis
book 1) god creates earth and elements of earth
6th day, god creates humanity
7th day, god rests (weekly Sabbath)- period of rest - evening to the next day
book 2) early experiences of humanity
- god creates humanity ± the first 4 parents (Adam and Eve)
1st account - god created man and woman at the same time to comfort each other and support
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