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Unformatted text preview: why a lot of its elements the way they are. → Judaic ideas were therefore unique in the time . Major doctrines: 1. monotheism E ARLY MONOTHEISM was not as concretely defined as the later. Early Jewish monotheism was the commitment to worship one God. Later, over course of history: assertion that there IS only one God (and that is monotheism as we understand it today). Notions trying to move away from God being anthropomorphic: 2. Early Hebrews asserted God transcended notion of sexuality: he has no need to copulate with other beings to create universe - is self-sufficient; beyond sexuality. Beyond ideas of male or female 3. God is not capricious or jealous; not erratic/arbitrary/idiosyncratic in nature. God is good + concerned with wellfare of universe 4. God's relationship with nature was that of creator and created. ie nature is no longer divinized, rather God is its author....
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- Spring '08