Judaism Essay (Grade: 99) - Karlyn Harris February 13, 2008...

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Karlyn Harris Judaism: Biblical Law February 13, 2008 Reading Response RELI 1001: TR 12:30 Torah God, Belligerent God? Or Rabbinical Lack of Revelation Knowledge? With regard to God’s actions in the Genesis story of creation and in the traveling Israelites of Exodus, Greenstein seemingly makes an effort to understand God’s character. I found that his attempts to remain unbiased of his own beliefs were futile and with the use of subtle language, Greenstein allowed his own opinions of how he interpreted God to be in the Torah to creep into his “objective” analysis and it ruined his argument from an objective vantage point. In the subtitled, “God as King,” Greenstein talks about how God exercised his divine power as king to free the Israelites from the Egyptians and then He leads them to Mount Sinai to “impose” 1 his laws upon them. God reminds the Israelites that He is their benefactor like any parent would do for their child. Think of it like this: a child only thinks in the present and the parent lays down the laws of the household and the child immediately will have a problem with it. It is likely that the parent will remind the child that they are making these laws for the child’s benefit and safety because they have an idea of the things you will come against the child and they want the child to be prepared for the trials and to be able to live a good life. That is the same relationship God had with the Israelites. Sometimes the “children” [Israelites] forget how much more knowledge the parent [God] has and they think they can figure out things on their own without any help or guidance. In reference to the rabbinical thought that “the Lord raised the mountain over the Israelites’ heads and threatening to drop it” is preposterous. One must understand the rabbinical translation, which may not always be correct due to the lack of relationship with God thus lack of revelation knowledge. There are two types of ways of receiving and understanding the Word of God: logos (written word--Bible) and the Rhema (spoken word
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This essay was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course ENGL 1102 (M) taught by Professor Spencer during the Spring '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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Judaism Essay (Grade: 99) - Karlyn Harris February 13, 2008...

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