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Unformatted text preview: 1 RLG100Y1 Week 3: Sept. 29th, 2010 Judaism *Continuation of discussion from last class* • Ethnic religions and missionary religions: o Ethnic religions = identify with a specific nation of people; passed through blood lines; often evident by physical manifestations (i.e. circumcision) o Missionary religions = enter faith through declaration of belief; easily converted into • It is possible to convert into Judaism, but is difficult and not very common • Jews see themselves as a group of people tied together by a mythic ancestry (i.e. they all come from the same blood line); destinies are intertwined o All Jews have the same destiny, not dependent upon piousness History of Judaism stems back to Mesopotamia and Babylon • Mesopotamians had polytheistic religion; several deities associated with nature (i.e. sun god, water god, etc.) • Ancient Hebrew tradition arose from this polytheism • Cosmogonic myths: The creation of the universe resulted from the sexual integrating of the...
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Fall '08 term at University of Toronto.
- Fall '08
- The Bible