Sept4Notes[1] - Judaism: The worlds first monotheism Only 1...

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Judaism: The world’s first monotheism Only 1 God History has a purpose Time has a beginning and an end Every life has a purpose (Judaism, Christianity and Islam share these beliefs) Invisible God who is in direct relationship with human persons Highest goal: living at will with God (when you do=sense of peace) Called themselves “Children of Israel” (the name Jews is recent) Their core teaching: Torah Means instruction or teaching (as in God’s teaching) Translated as “law” Used to refer to the first 5 books of the bible Describes all teachings of Covenant: A chosen/holy people set apart as the sign of God’s singular presence in the world (coming out of polytheism) A series of promises made to the children (Abraham, Moses, etc) A binding agreement, contract, reciprocal agreement Halakah: to walk (in the way of God) Mitzvot: deeds of love and kindness that embody the justice and mercy of God Key Statement of Faith: The Shema (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9)
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Sept4Notes[1] - Judaism: The worlds first monotheism Only 1...

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