JUDAISM - JUDAISM Susan Lewis HUM/130 3/18/2012 WHAT IS...

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Susan Lewis HUM/130 3/18/2012 JUDAISM
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v “A 4000 year old tradition with ideas about what it means to be human and how to make the world a holy place”. (Rabbi Harold Kushner, To Life) v A “covenant relationship” between God and the Hebrew people. v A celebration and sanctification of life. v A faith, a people, a way of life. WHAT IS JUDAISM ?
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v The Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (“Israel”) – origins of the Hebrew people (more than 3800 years ago). v Enslaved in ancient Egypt and freed by Moses (more than 3300 years ago) v Hebrew monarchy in the “Promised Land” (The Land of Israel), ends 6th century BC A 4000 YEAR OLD TRADITION
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v In one God, creator of the universe. v In prophets – especially Moses, through whom Torah was revealed to the Hebrew people v In Torah (first five books of the Bible), containing religious, moral and social law which guides the life of a Jew The Hebrew Bible does not include the New Testament BELIEFS OF JEWS
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v A nation in Diaspora (dispersed)
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JUDAISM - JUDAISM Susan Lewis HUM/130 3/18/2012 WHAT IS...

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