1.17.08- Judaism

1.17.08- Judaism - To conceive Judaism, use metaphor of a...

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To conceive Judaism, use metaphor of a forest: In a forest, trees spawn trees but offspring may not look like the parent (apple trees). In Judaism, we start with one tree and this one tree we will call patriarch covenant and at its root is a figure known as Abraham . The forest is the called the ANE (Ancient Near East) . The ANE is the region of the Mesopotamian near the Tigris and Euphrates. Geography has everything to do with religion and that means the religion reflects its surrounding (Egyptian region was influenced by the Nile). ANE gods tended to reflect the surroundings and they were capricious (they can do whatever they want to do when they want; if they want to create a flood, they will). Because the gods were capricious, during the bronze age (800-1200 BC) the region was filled with “petty states” which a ruler of a small region has to constantly fight to keep control and can have it taken anytime. = debt, they had to work to pay the ruler if they could not pay their taxes. During these years we see HUGE migration patterns throughout Tigris and Euphrates region. Massive migration called “Habiru” or Hebrew. Was a social term that refered to people who had no country and wandered to flee authorities that were trying to collect from debtors. Abraham
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