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Bibleessay2final - Judaism's Bible Paper#2 Utopian Visions...

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Judaism’s Bible Paper #2 Utopian Visions The occurrence of prophecy within the text of Judaism's bible is critical to the core understanding of biblical literature. The Bible itself has many prophecies scattered throughout it's many books; prophecies ranging from the destruction and exile of Israel, to its later preservation and restoration act as visions to the end of days, which present Israel as the light of the world with divine favor for its inhabitants and followers. I will examine the ideas brought forward through the text that relate to prophetic vision in regard to the destruction and exile of Israel, and its later restoration and preservation. In addition to this, I will connect these visions to the idea of the end of days, and explore the various connections between prophecy and it's end result. “They hate the arbiter in the gate, and detest him whose plea is just. Assuredly, because you impose a tax on the poor and exact him a levy of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; You have planted delightful vineyards, but you all not drink their wine. For I have noted how many are your crimes, and how countless your sins – you enemies of the righteous, you takers of bribes, you who subvert in the gate the cause of the needy! Assuredly at such a time the prudent man keeps silent, For it is an evil time.” Amos 5.10-14 Amos was a shepherd who lived in a region outside Jerusalem, who would journey to many towns and cities; this fact is relevant because his travel brought him face to face with negative and immoral aspects that were present throughout Israel. The book of Amos prophesizes the future of Israel, that being its impending destruction, its inhabitants being forced into exile, and its inevitable restoration. The prophecies of Amos reinstitute an important point, the representation of a god of justice, and a god of
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consistent universal demands. This idea is seen throughout the course of the text, but the book of Amos brings forward another key aspect relating to the sovereignty of God's power and influence. Due to the transgressions of the Israeli people, God would bring the destruction of Israel just as he had done to other nations in the past that stood in opposition to God's divine and morally just code of laws. In Amos 5.18-20, the idea of the “day of the Lord” is brought to attention. The idea of the end of days is the era in which Israel would regain God’s divine grace and blessing. At this time the typical Israelite would believe that God would save them from their enemies and oppressors, however in this prophecy, God would use his power against Israel; they are in effect, an enemy of their own god. This prophecy of Amos stood in sharp contrast to what was generally accepted by the people of Israel. His idea that the End of Days “shall be darkness, not light” was due to the social plagues that kept
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