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Lecture Two

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HUMA 1865
Aviva Goldberg

Lecture ­Judaism 1: Myths and Narratives • Is a religion developed among the ancient Hebrews and characterized by belief in one (monotheistic) transcendent God who has revealed himself to Abraham, Moses, and Hebrew prophets by a religious life in accordance with scriptures and rabbinic traditions. • Judaism is conformity to Jewish rites, ceremonies and practices • Judaism is the cultural and social behaviours and practices of the Jews • Judaism is the whole body Jewry: the Jewish people, described metaphorically as the ‘People of Israel’ • Diverse group of people, no real genetic make-up, • 14 million worldwide, but they don’t participate in religious traditions, they see it as a part of their culture not the defining part. Cultural: literary and folk Origins: Biblical Period • Abraham left Mesopotamia. • The torah: descendant of Jacob (male) they became slave labourers for Egyptians. The miraculous escape of Israelites in 1250 BCE. • In the beginning of god creating the skies and the earth, the earth was shapeless and formless. • This is the Hebrew bible, not the Old Testament. It shouldn’t be called that. • The Hebrew bible: Israelites and their mythic ancestors to their kings and prophets to the buildings and temples of Jerusalem. • The scripture begins with two pictures of creations. 1:1 and 1:2. • According to Hebrew b
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