Hebrew culture and monotheism

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January 14, 2009 Hebrew Culture and Monotheistic Religious Thought Western Culture as Synthesis? Hebrew and Greek? o Hebrew culture evolved from Mesopotamia and had a lasting influence on later cultures in the Mediterranean o Synthesis of Hebrew and Greek that creates Christianity o Classical definition o Hebrew people very small political influence/military power Debate about Egyptian Influence? Bernal, Black Athena o How important was Egypt in the life of Greece/Hebrews? o Trace it back to Egypt ongoing debate Importance of Hebrew Religion: Monotheism (belief in one god creative intellectual force carried over the Christianity, predominant religion in western societies) and Humans ethical relationship towards that god o Why was Religion so important? Politics, Geography Divine revelation not adequate What causes people to believe what they believe? Historical answer politics and geography Hebrew people developed a shared identity that was more religious than political because they were never able to sustain a coherent or powerful state Hebrew people located between central powers (Egypt and Tigris/Euphrates) never had an advantageous position Leaders and Events in Hebrew History after 1900 B.C.E. o Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Abraham (leader) God has promised a land if he leads his people there (around Palestine now)
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January 14, 2009 Jacob had 12 sons 12 tribes of Israel to descend o
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