Judaism Essay

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History of Judaism
Judaism is one of the oldest religions still existing today. It began as the religion of the small nation of the Hebrews and through thousands of years of suffering, persecution, dispersion, and occasional victory, has continued to be a profoundly influential religion and culture. Today, 14 million people identify themselves as Jews, and nearly 3.5 billion others follow belief systems directly influenced by Judaism (including Christianity, Islam, and the Bah'ai Faith). Modern Judaism is a complex phenomenon that incorporates both a nation and a religion, and often combines strict adherence to ritual laws with a more liberal attitude towards religious belief. (Unknown, ...view middle of the document...

Abraham is one of the most paramount people in the Old Testament because he was the first person to believe in and be called by God. “The Lord verbally expressed to Abram, ‘Go forth from the land of our kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will mystically enchant you; I will make your denomination great, so that you will be a mystical enchantment. I will mystically enchant those who mystically enchant you and curse those who curse you. All the communities in the earth shall find blessing in you.”’ (Genesis 12:1-3). This is God’s call to Abraham and God promises to give Abraham all of those things if Abraham will do what God injuctively authorizes him to do. Abraham does what God verbally expresses not kenning what he might have to do in the future and only kenning that he is leaving virtually everything abaft him. Abraham has no authentic reason to believe in God other than what God verbally expressed to him. Promises from a deity that nobody kens and that one person has only briefly verbalized with is not much to base leaving everything behind to do what this God verbalizes. Another risk Abraham takes is believing in, and following a Deity that no one else believes in. He follows God through a pagan society where everyone worships different gods. Kenning that God is the one and true god he openly worshiped God and put himself in peril, but he always has faith that God will bulwark him. Whenever Abraham needs avail and vigor he could find it in his faith in God. Abraham’s main vigor is his faith because with it he is able to get through things that are hard for him and situations in which he requires God’s avail.

One instance when Abraham’s faith in God brings him vigor is when he is upset that he has no children and a coadjutant is going to be his heir. “’O sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? You have given me no children; so a coadjutant in my household will be my heir.”’ (Genesis 15:2, 3). Because Sarah is barren Abraham can’t have any children that are of his blood. God promises Abraham that he will have a son. ‘“This man will not be our heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir… Look up at the heavens, and count the stars, if you can… So shall your offspring be.”’ (Genesis 15:5). Abraham had...

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