Hebrew God - were merely God’s creations for the Hebrews...

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Heather Fackelman September 16, 2007 Honors Seminar: Great Books and Ideas Honp-100-02 A Transcendent God Religion flourished in the eastern cultures of the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians, as they embraced their gods of the skies, the waters, and the earth (Before Philosophy, 240). Hebrews differed from this pantheistic ideology, however. The Hebrews worshipped one single god, the Lord of all, who was incomparable even to “the most potent natural phenomena” (Before Philosophy, 241). The Hebrews strayed from the conventional form of religion in the world at the time, and began a worship that would survive until this very day. The Hebrews revered a god so almighty, so omnipotent, that parts of nature were “but reflections of God’s greatness,” and the only way He could describe Himself was with the phrase “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus iii, 13-14.) While the sky, the ocean, and the earth were embodiments of the gods for Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures, these
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Unformatted text preview: were merely God’s creations for the Hebrews. Things other cultures had considered their supreme beings meant a significant amount less to the Hebrews. This emergence of the great Hebrew tradition of worshipping one god holds great meaning for people worldwide. The concept of “a God who transcends every phenomenon, who is not conditioned by any mode of manifestation” is one that has translated itself not only into Judaism, but also into Christianity (Beyond Philosophy, 243). This form of worship, completely unknown to man before the Hebrew people introduced it, is one that exists today in many lives throughout the nation, and throughout the world. The notion that there is one man in whom people can confide, have hope, and to whom they can turn for salvation is mind-boggling, and it serves as a source of comfort and a basis for morality for people all over....
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