9-9(03) - Belief in One God The Spread of Monotheism Factors in the Popularity of Polytheism Social Factors pressures of assimilation Gods do

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Belief in One God
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The Spread of Monotheism
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Factors in the Popularity of  Polytheism Social Factors –  pressures of  assimilation “Everyone’s doing it!” Gods do things for  you; each god has its  own function. The idea of one God  was a bit abstract for  most people.
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Characteristics of Yahweh Wrathful, vengeful,  but just. Intervenes in human  development. Has a specific plan. Commands exclusive  adherence. Becomes more  abstract over time.
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Fisher, p. 235 “Judaism, which has no single founder and  no central leader or group making  theological decisions, is the diverse  tradition associated with the Jewish people  who may be defined as a religious group   or an ethnic group .”
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The Cultural Construction of Race and  Ethnicity
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The Cultural Construction of Race and  Ethnicity
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Jews as an “Imagined  Community” Community  connected over large 
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2009 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Fisher during the Fall '09 term at Syracuse.

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9-9(03) - Belief in One God The Spread of Monotheism Factors in the Popularity of Polytheism Social Factors pressures of assimilation Gods do

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