Judaism

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Department
Religion
Course
RLGA02H3
Professor
David Perley
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 3: Jewish Traditions 3.1 What is monotheism? What other ways of being religious are out there? Discuss any issues that might arise when trying to define religion based on a monotheistic interpretation. Go to the library website, click on E-resources, access the E-version of the Oxford English Dictionary (or try this link here), and then find and briefly review definitions of monotheism, monolatry, polytheism and henotheism. From a theoretical perspective, why is it problematic to think of polytheism as a less-developed form of religion than monotheism? Monotheism is the belief in one God. Other ways of being religious, is being part of a cultural community, with artistic traditions, foods and historical stories. It is hard to sometimes define religion based on a monotheistic interpretation, because there isnt much information on one God. In Judaism the name of God is not spoken, therefore only Lord or God is used. It is difficult to describe the one God and the only set of rules. Polytheism is the belief in several Gods. Monolatry is the worship of one god, where other gods are supposed to exist. Henotheism is a state between monotheism and polytheism. It is the belief of one God as the ruler of the individual or family, without stating that he is the only God. It is problematic to think of polytheism as less-developed because it involves several Gods. 3.2 As suggested on page 74, interpreters were often reluctant to change scripture even when there appeared to be contradictions in the text. Why? They were relucta
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