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The Hebrew Exiles In Babylon - The Hebrew Exiles in Babylon      When Jerusalem fell to the conquering Babylonians in 587 BC, most of what was important to the Hebrew people was gone. They lost their holy city, the Temple was destroyed, and the Davidic monarchy ended (Beasley 221). Following the destruction of Jerusalem, the Babylonian king, Nebuchadrezzar, deported most of the population to other cities, including Babylon. These exiles remained there for about fifty years until the Persian forces, under king Cyrus, took the city of Babylon in 539 BC....   [tags: Hebrew History Historical Exiles Essays]
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A Comparison of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Scriptures - A Comparison of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Scriptures The Hebrew Flood story of Noah and his obligation to preserve man kind after God had punished all living creatures for their inequities parallels The Epic of Gilgamesh in several ways. Even though these two compilations are passed on orally at different times in history the similarities and differences invoke deliberation when these stories are compared. Numerous underlining themes are illustrated throughout each story. Humans are guilty of transgressions and must be punished, God or Gods send a flood as punishment to destroy this evil race, a person is selected by the gods to build a craft that will withstand the flood and allow this person to create a new race....   [tags: Hebrew Flood Story Scripture Gilgamesh Essays]
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The Hebrew Scriptures - The Hebrew Scriptures Truth, scripture and revelation are three concepts that the Bible has been based on. Truth is defined as the way that things are or should be. It can relate to reality or wisdom. Truth can be communicated in a variety of ways. Literally which is facts and figures and can be shown in math and science. Figuratively which is metaphor and simile and can be shown in humanity. Symbolically in fine arts such as art, drama and music and also narratively such as stories, parables and myths....   [tags: essays research papers] 1798 words
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Hospitality in The Hebrew Scriptures - To welcome the other, the friend or the stranger, is a fundamental aspect of human society, friendship, love and life. It is the intersection of two lives, an event that can fundamentally alter the paths of all those involved. This importance within the basic functioning of human life makes the recognition of hospitality as a central theme of the Hebrew Scriptures an unsurprising reality. With this in mind then, through this essay we will examine the understanding of hospitality laid out in the canonical scriptures of the Hebrew Bible....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Neurotheology and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible - ... All of the mediums reached trance state in the same sort of way. They said a prayer, closed their eyes and concentrated. In both the less experienced and the more experienced mediums the complexity of writing was higher while in trance state then while in a normal state of consciousness. Julio Peres, one of the scientists behind the study writes, “The fact that subjects produced complex content in a trance dissociative state suggests they were not merely relaxed, and relaxation seems an unlikely explanation for the underactivation of brain areas specifically related to the cognitive processing being carried out....   [tags: ecstatic states, prophecy, God, brain]
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Saving The Hebrew People - The Hebrew people forced into slavery by Pharaoh were miraculous freed from bondage, and delivered out of Egypt. God miraculous moved in their behalf through Moses, leading them out of Egypt and through the desert, establishing His Covenant, Decalogue, Code of Laws, and instructions for the Tabernacle and priesthood making a nation for Himself. The Hebrew people cried out to God in the midst of their slavery to Pharaoh and He heard their cry. God spoke to Moses to be their deliverer while he was in the desert, through a burning bush....   [tags: Religion] 711 words
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Hebrew Text And Fonts - Hebrew Text and Fonts Today's written language is quickly becoming history. Just as the carved tablet has become a conversation piece in the archeologist's living room, the written language is quickly becoming as ancient as the dead sea scrolls. A new form of visual communication is taking over the entire world. Languages from across this widespread planet are now becoming more accessible to ever culture. As the pen and pencil begin to disappear into the history books, keyboards and monitors are making it easier for people to communicate in fast and effective ways....   [tags: essays research papers] 344 words
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Hebrew Bible Exegesis - The translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible , have led to many versions of stories that we thought we knew, especially the book of Genesis and the first fall story . Hebrew words such as adam, and other significant words in Hebrew language will be the main focus on in this paper. These words can have very different meanings according to the exegetes and also of a person's belief system that is translating them. Thorough critical analysis of postexilic writings will cast doubt into believers of their faith that indeed, what they have been taught about the stories of the Bible are just one interpretation....   [tags: Religion] 1543 words
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Egyptian, Babylonian, And Hebrew Religions - Egyptian, Babylonian, and Hebrew Religions Egyptians, Babylonians, and Hebrews have similarities yet also differences in their religions. The importance is not in the similarities as much as it is in the differences that distinguish the cultures from each other and their views on life. I would like to point out each civilization's creation and flood story. By analyzing these stories we can come to a better understanding of their world views. The Hebrew creation story from the book of Genesis is one that most people know well....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Hebrew, Babylonian, and Sumerian Stories of The Creation of Enkidu - Creation stories are symbolic accounts of how the world and its inhabitants came about. These stories first developed in oral traditions, so there are multiple accounts of them from different cultures and societies. The Babylonian Creation story, the Genesis Creation story, and the Sumerian story of the Creation of Enkidu are examples of these and the similarities are interesting. As Dennis Bratcher states, “Because of many parallels with the Genesis account, some historians concluded that the Genesis account was simply a rewriting of the Babylonian Story....   [tags: Religion/Spirituality]
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Religions of Egypt, Greece, and the Hebrew People - How did people revere their gods differently among three civilizations. Did they worship with the same general intent. What were gods’ role(s) in people’s lives. A brief exploration into the religions of Egypt, Greece, and the Hebrew people may bring insight to these questions. Although the main idea of higher beings remains constant throughout societies’ religion, their form of presence in people’s lives varies. I will present the relationship between the leaders and the gods, as well as resemblance to monotheism and systems of government....   [tags: essays research papers] 625 words
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The Land is Mine - The author identifies and analyzes six discrete land ideologies found in the Hebrew Scriptures that have influenced its readers. (preface) In his book land refers to not only as physical realities where there is dirt and rocks, and where plants are growing, and where humans build their cities. Land refers to a social symbol with a range of meanings in which we construct its meanings for ourselves.(p.1) A subtle distinction between theology and ideology can be ; biblical theology is the doctrine and discourse about God expressed within a biblical literary unit that reflect the living faith of a given community, and Biblical ideology is a wider complex of images and ideas that may employ theological doctrines, traditions, or symbols to justify and promote the social, economic, and political interests of a group within society.(p.10) The evidence that they both are closely interrelated can be found in the biblical Prophets such as Jeremiah or Amos The author has taken five basic categories of analysis for exploring the land ideologies....   [tags: Hebrew Scriptures] 899 words
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Comparison of the Gods in Homer’s Epics with the God of the Hebrews - There are many similarities and differences between the Greek gods and the Hebrew God. These similarities and differences are revealed in the character and functionality of the gods. The revelation of similarities and differences can also be seen in man’s relationship to his god or gods. Homer was instrumental in documenting the oral traditions of the Greek gods in his poetry. Moses, the Hebrew leader, is attributed with documenting what he witnessed from God in the Torah. The Greek and Hebrew belief systems were established for the purposes of explaining the world we live in, the phenomenon in nature, and the existence and purpose of man....   [tags: Greek Gods, Hebrew God]
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The Christian Bible, the Hebrew Scripture, The Muslim Koran - The Christian Bible, the Hebrew Scripture, The Muslim Koran: Words are Not Important, Our Actions Are Matt 13:3 "He told them many things in parables. 13:10 "Why do you talk to them in parables?" That's the crucial question: Did God, should God, have intended direct and final communication with us. If so, Jesus certainly failed his mission. There is little evidence that Jesus' appearance cleared anything up or gave us God directly. Wittgenstein, who wanted our language to be clear, knows well enough that neither the Hebrew nor the Christian God's words could fall within his constructed linguistic net....   [tags: Religion Theology Essays] 2277 words
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The Kingdom of God: The Old Testament Hebrew God as Hypocritical and Capricious - Regarded by his people as a merciful god, Yahweh, the Hebrew god, historically existed as a lawless entity before evolving into the merciful being, which Jews, Christians, and Catholics alike worship to this day. In Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament in the Holy Bible, Yahweh (heretofore referred to as “God”) first creates humankind, and later establishes guidelines that his people must follow in order to avoid chastisement. It is arguable, however, that these guidelines are largely arbitrary, and that this supposed omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresence is merely a temperamental puppeteer throughout the earliest durations of his reign....   [tags: Religion] 1241 words
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Essay about the Old Testament - ... Ruth was the great-grandmother of David, therefore it belonged to the lineage of Christ on earth. First and Second Samuel These two books were united into one in the Hebrew Bible. We have in detail the final days of the theocracy (in which God rules directly through the judges) and the early days of the kingdom. Israel rejected God, and asked for a king like in other nations. The first king was Saul, a man of beautiful appearance and a competent warrior, but with no devotion to God. When Saul died, David, whom God had chosen, was installed as king....   [tags: Hebrew Scriptures, Books in Bible] 2039 words
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Role Of Ruth And Esther In The Bible - Torah (the Law) "…means "teaching" or "instruction"…(Harris, 3) for mankind. The Torah includes both the Oral Law and the Written Law. In addition, the Law is an extension of sacred oral tradition, thus broadening the meaning of Torah to designate the entire body of Jewish laws, customs, and ceremonies. Nevi'im( the Prophets) "…consists of narratives relating to Israel's …" (Harris, 3) history as a nation on its land and a "…collections of oracles" (Harris, 6) . Supporters of God's covenant do battle against the paganism of neighboring groups and among the Israelites themselves....   [tags: Hebrew Bible Religion Religious] 1327 words
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Hebrew and Persian Religions - Greece consisted of many city-states, two of which were Athens and Sparta. Although they were both part of Greece, they had many differences in the types of people and systems of government for each region. Sparta, descendants of the Dorians, were a very war-like city-state. They obtained an over-populated region of Greece, and needed room for agriculture. This is the cause for their war-like mindset. The Spartans were controlled by the Spartan Code, which is a military code that was very strict....   [tags: essays research papers] 411 words
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The Nation of Israel - The Nation of Israel The nation of Israel has played a critical role in the formation of Western and Eastern ideologies and has had an unmistakably profound impact upon the theological and cultural evolution of mankind. Former U.S. President John Adams, commenting on the historical importance of the Hebrews, once said the following: "I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations … They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth....   [tags: Hebrew Israel Religion Religious Essays]
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Jewish History : Qumran Sect - There are three central periods that need to be analysed in order to evaluate the influence of Hellenisation on Jewish history, up until the period of the Roman invasion: the Ptolemaic period, the Seleucid period and the Maccabean revolts, and the Hasmonean state. Each of these historical events shaped Jewish society and had a profound influence over the religious beliefs of many Jews. But it was the conquests of Alexander the great that were the main catalyst that brought about the process of Hellenisation, a process that was embraced by many Jews and rejected by others....   [tags: History Jews Hebrew] 1889 words
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The Rhetoric of the Book of Hebrews - ... Being able to reconstruct the exact community and destination has been difficult. Second century readers like others since their day, thought of the addressees as Jews or Jewish Christians. The argument is based on Old Testament allusions; and considerable familiarity with the Levitical ritual. Scholars such as Moffatt and Windisch have maintained that the epistle was written to Gentile Christians who were in danger of committing apostasy and thus renouncing true religion altogether as the author puts it in 3:12....   [tags: Categories, Examples, Cultural Assumptions]
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Marriage as Viewed by Greeks, Christians and Hebrews - According to the Bible, love and marriage were treated with respect because they were divine before the eyes of God. He gave clear instructions to man and woman telling them to marry and bring forth children to fill His world. In essence therefore, man has to respect this institution called marriage and the associated strong emotions or love. Homer’s poem portrays a different version of the same where man is free to cohabit with another woman while they are not married. In the poem we see Penelope living in the same quarters with as many as a hundred suitors and no law is present to avoid the sexual irresponsibility resulting from this....   [tags: Bible vs Greek Mythology] 963 words
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Relevance of Sexual Relations in Old Babylonia, Nomadic Hebrews, and Greece - ... Additionally, the Code of Hammurabi stresses the importance of having children. Sexual relations naturally led to reproduction and an increase in the population, a boon to any civilization once it is capable of feeding its people. If a man decided to divorce a wife who had not given birth, he was only required to “return her dowry and pay her the marriage portion which she brought from her father’s house.” The discrepancy between the compensation given to a childless woman and that given to a woman with children underlines the need for reproduction....   [tags: Code of Hammurabi, The Symposium, Plato] 1166 words
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The Participation of Monotheism in Building the Nation of Israel - ... During their 40 years traveling through the desert, the Hebrew people repeatedly questioned their God, their leader, and their task. Occasionally, it was in the form of mere complaining but other times, the Hebrews actively disobeyed their God's covenant. The most memorable example can be found in Exodus 32: 1-10. Moses had been conversing with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights, and the Hebrews were worried that he would not be returning. As a result, they pressured Aaron into constructing a golden calf for them to worship....   [tags: Hebrews, Eschatological Goal]
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The Exodus Debate - ... Without this evidence the event is simply a legend, giving an account of how the Hebrew people came to be, similar to other cultures, such as the Aztecs, Greeks, and Romans. Yet, if the Hebrew story of the Exodus is a myth, why would the Israelite people paint themselves in such an undignified light. Why would a nation relish and rejoice over their origins as slaves. If the Hebrews did depict themselves as a people who were starving from famine and ended up being prisoners in the land they had ventured into in order to seek refuge, there origin myth is unlike any other culture....   [tags: Holy Bible, Hebrews, Egypt, plagues]
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Isaiah 10:1-6 The Hebrews Prophets: Isaiah & Amos - Isaiah 10:1-6 The Hebrews Prophets "Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees , to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people. Making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of the reckoning, when disaster comes from afar. To whom will you run for help. Where will you leave your riches. Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives, of fall among the slain.. Yet for all this his anger is not turned away....   [tags: essays research papers] 812 words
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Greeks vs Hebrews - Alcohol Advertising-Under Age Drinking In researching my report on alcohol advertising, I came across underage drinking and what influences someone under the age of 21 to drink. I today’s society, I don’t believe that the under 21 age group is influenced by alcohol advertisements, such as television and magazines, but more so by their peers as well as how they are raised by their parent(s) as well as how much time the parent(s) spend with their children. After one graduates from high school it usually means that the person will go off to college and the perception being that there will be a lot of parties, drinking and just being away from the parent(s)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Canon of Biblical Writings - The Canon of Biblical Writings For centuries now Christians have claimed to possess the special revelation of an omnipotent, loving Deity who is sovereign over all of His creation. This special revelation is in written form and is what has come to be known as The Bible which consists of two books. The first book is the Hebrew Scriptures, written by prophets in a time that was before Christ, and the second book is the New Testament, which was written by Apostles and disciples of the risen Lord after His ascension....   [tags: Papers] 2279 words
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Determining the True Divine Name from the Bible - This issue concerning the divine name has existed for hundreds of years, and there have been a number of Bible translations that have restored the divine name in the Hebrew Scriptures. One such version is the American Standard Version of 1901. However, in recent times this issue has gained even more attention because of a particular Bible translation. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, translated by the Watchtower organization, has not only restored the divine name to the Hebrew portion of the Bible, but has used the name 237 times in the New Testament....   [tags: bible, religion, theology] 2135 words
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The Participation of Monotheism in Building the Nation of Israel - ... Moses relayed to the Pharaoh that if he did not heed monotheism's commands, terrible and horrific pestilences would befall the Egyptians. Pharaoh did not listen to Moses and as a result, the Hebrew's monotheistic God unleashed a series of frighteningly powerful plagues including locusts, frogs, and storms. Despite the devastating consequences of these epidemics, Pharaoh remained headstrong and refused to release the Hebrews. Moses earnestly warned Pharaoh of the miraculously terrible aspects of the final plague: the slaying of the first born children and livestock in Egypt (Exodus 7: 14-25, Exodus 8-10)....   [tags: Repeated Essay]
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Abraham versus Moses - The definition of dominant is "having authority or influence; main, chief" and the definition of trait is "characteristic feature". Therefore, when placed together you have "the main characteristic features of God that has authority and influence". This essay hopes to explore this area through comparing and contrasting the main characters of Abraham and Moses. Before this exploration can take place there needs to be a brief explanation of the nature of ‘name' in the Hebrew of the ANE [ancient near east]....   [tags: Religion Bible] 1298 words
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Sociolinguistics and Development of Israel’s Arab Minority - Arabic in Israel Sociolinguistics and Development of Israel’s Arab Minority The objective of this report is to give a concise study regarding the Arab minority in Israel. It will trace some significant issues that have impacted the overall linguistic reality, nevertheless the marginalization of Arabs in that small but complex country. It will track the language policy adopted in that country, the educational, political,practical,social,ideological reasons that have lead to the Arabic status in Israel....   [tags: Social Issues] 1354 words
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The Divine Name - The divine name certainly falls within the dictionary, lexical and semantic range of Lord/Kurios, and that is why many other versions/translations have seen fit to also include the name in their New Testaments. In the end, our oldest and most comprehensive lexicon of the New Testament’s use of Kurios is the Septuagint itself. It has been suggested that the majority of NT quotations were taken from the Septuagint. Therefore, if we follow this through to the logical conclusion, based on the following facts, we will see that the NT's use of Kurios means YHWH or Jehovah....   [tags: Holy Scriptures] 1355 words
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The Social History of Satan - The essay written by Elaine Pagels, "The Social History of Satan," illustrates the transformation of Satan from his depiction in the Hebrew Bible to the Gospel's vision of him as a Prince of Darkness who brings about the struggle between good and evil. In her essay, Pagel illustrates the concept of an evil entity and its functions. Satan, or the Devil, plays various evil roles in ancient and modern literature and in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious traditions. Satan is seen as the opponent of God....   [tags: Book Reviews] 690 words
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The Life of Moses - The Life of Moses The Bible is a compilation of historical occurrences that have been documented to confirm all of God's miraculous works. God has performed many miracles in the Bible. They were not only performed that his people may believe, but they were performed for the well being of his people and as a means of his people's redemption. In the Bible, God also appointed many people to deliver his message and to do his works. The people whom God had chosen were not always the people man had said was fit to do his work....   [tags: Bible Religion God]
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A Comparison of the Divine in Gilgamesh, the Old Testament of the Bible, and Metamorphoses - The Divine in Gilgamesh, The Old Testament, and Metamorphoses     Along with different languages, customs and traditions, ancient Hebrews, Middle-easterners and Romans had very different beliefs about the divine. For example, Hebrews are monotheistic, while Middle-easterners and Greco-Romans of early time periods believe in many gods. Writings from the ancient time period sketch these differences, as well as the many similarities between religious beliefs. The Old Testament is an excellent reference depicting Hebrew beliefs, while Gilgamesh outlines many Middle-eastern beliefs, and The Metamorphoses shows readers many ancient Greco-Roman beliefs about the divine....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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History of the Jewish Religion - History of the Jewish Religion The Jewish religion has also undergone many transformations over the years. It started off in its earliest years as being animistic, with Hebrews worshipping forces of nature. As a result this religion had a number of practices that concerned magic and animal sacrifices. The Hebrew religion also became polytheistic which involves several gods. Hebrew religion eventually became anthropomorphic, in which God or gods became human individuals and had human characteristics....   [tags: Papers] 3603 words
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The Rise and Fall of Early Civilizations - ... They believed in devoting themselves to God and harming no one. In between 1250 B.C. and 515 B.C There had been a lot to transpire such as Israel’s First King, The creation of a united monarchy under David, the Reign of Solomon, and The Age of classical Prophecy, Israel falls to Assyrians, Judah falls to Chaldeans and the temple is destroyed, Babylonian exile, and Cyrus allows the exiles to return to Judah, and then there is the Second temple. The Hebrews believed that they had a special unique relationship with God; they called themselves “the chosen People”....   [tags: War, Expansion, Settlement]
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The Bible Story: The Old Testament - To speak of the Hebrew Scripture is to speak of story, a story stretching from the very beginning of time to only a few centuries before the beginning of the Common Era. It is to speak of richness of content, of purpose and of reality and to engross oneself in an overarching narrative that, depending on your personal convictions, continues to the present day. Within this richness is found a wide variety of different events and experience, told through a series of genre ranging from foundational myth to apocalypse, law giving to poetry, genealogy to wisdom and many more....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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The Old Testament - Christian theologians have taken part in biblical scholarship for centuries on the qualities of the Old Testament that have changed western civilization forever. Walter Brueggemann is no exception to the enormous contributions theologians have made to these discussions in his respected work, The Prophetic Imagination. Here, Brueggemann proposes the social actions of the prophets Moses, Isaiah, Ecclesiastes, and Jeremiah as revolutionary insofar as each of their ministries provided a radical alternative for the social consciousness for the Hebrew people of their time given the context of their dominant social realities....   [tags: Religion, Bible, Christian Theologians] 891 words
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The History of Writing - The History of Writing Language existed long before writing, emerging probably simultaneously with sapience, abstract thought and the Genus Homo. In my opinion, the signature event that separated the emergence of palaeohumans from their anthropoid progenitors was not tool-making but a rudimentary oral communication that replaced the hoots and gestures still used by lower primates. The transfer of more complex information, ideas and concepts from one individual to another, or to a group, was the single most advantageous evolutionary adaptation for species preservation....   [tags: Literature Language Essays] 1236 words
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A Synagogue - A Synagogue A synagogue will look like any other building from the outside - the only sign you might get from the outside is the star of David which is called magen David in the Hebrew tongue. There may also be a sign outside stating the name of the synagogue. There are many names for a synagogue such as; shul - which means school in Hebrew, bet haknesset, which means house of assembly - this is only used by Sephardim, which is oriental Jews. A synagogue is primarily a place of worship but also functions as a community centre for the Jews....   [tags: Papers] 1072 words
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How Can We Be Sure That What We Are Taught About Jesus Is True And Not - There are several ways in which we can be assured that what we are taught about Jesus is true and not just made up. These are called our faith sources. These sources, like the Bible and other sources of information about Jesus have accounts of Jesus’ life. The most important part of these faith sources is the Christian Scriptures. Although the Christian Scriptures are one of the most valuable tools we have to learn about Jesus there are also the Gospels, and also other non-biblical, and non-Christian accounts of Jesus’ life that we can consider when trying to answer the question How can we be sure that what we are taught about Jesus is true and not just made up....   [tags: essays research papers] 492 words
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Moses as an Inspiational Figure - I think Moses was a very inspirational character and in this essay I am going to talk a bit on the message of Moses and why by the world's major religions he is seen as an inspirational figure and one of the best leaders and prophets. He was born in Egypt to a Jewish mother, Yochevet. When Moses was born the Hebrew?s were slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh was afraid of them because he thought they might take over his country. He ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be killed at birth so that they would not grow up and fight against him....   [tags: essays research papers] 595 words
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The Participation of Monotheism in Building the Nation of Israel - ... The Hebrews had already accomplished the majority of these qualifications, save for establishing a cultural identity. However, this was constructed for them by their monotheistic God and was the basis for many other aspects of their developing nation. As previously mentioned, many nations begin to be established on the brink of a near cultural collapse. The Hebrews' escape from their enslavement in Egypt was not a quick or simple occurrence. After implementing nine plagues, the Hebrews' monotheistic God warned Egypt's Pharaoh that He would execute all first born Egyptian children....   [tags: Process, Requirements, Culture]
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The Dead Sea Scrolls: An Enlightening Archaeological Discovery - In early 1947, a Bedouin shepherd boy went searching for a stray goat that had wandered away onto the cliffs along the coast of the Dead Sea. While looking for it, he discovered a cave containing pottery jars filled with manuscripts that would come to be known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The study of these scrolls has advanced human understanding on the authenticity of the Old Testament, the development of historical Hebrew texts, the culture of the Jewish community where Christianity was born and Rabbinic Judaism was developed, and the connections that can now be made between Judaism and Christianity....   [tags: Religion]
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Moses in the Book of Exodus - Moses in the Book of Exodus There have been many individuals who could be considered leaders, but some stand out among the others. An example of a superb leader is Moses. Moses is viewed as a righteous man in God's eyes and is chosen to lead the Hebrews out of oppression in Egypt. Contained in the story of Exodus are many examples of Moses' sacrifices and the hardships he endured while freeing the Hebrews. The faith of Moses was tested numerous times throughout the story, and, in some instances, it seemed that Moses had lost faith, however, being the "righteous" man that he was, he stuck it out until the end....   [tags: Papers] 833 words
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The Tomb of Jesus - The Tomb of Jesus 1980, South Jerusalem, a build site for new apartments are held when a tomb of some sort is found while digging. Upon the arrival of the first archaeologists Josef Gat, Amos Kloner and Shimon Gibson one thing was noted right away, the strange symbol over the door to the Tomb. Nothing like it had ever been seen before, a decorative V- or Y-shaped chevron over a prominent circle. It measured more than a meter wide. All three archaeologists knew that the splendor of the fascia, especially in a tomb with no other decorative features, was extremely rare....   [tags: Movies Film] 838 words
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Ancient Religions - Religions of the Ancient World Religions of the ancient world were in a state of constant flux. Karl Jaspers states that between the eighth and fourth centuries B.C.E, “great changes took place in all the civilized world” (qtd. in Basham 36), and the great thinkers of these times began thinking independently and individually. Moreover, “after these great thinkers the world was never the same again” (qtd. in Basham 36-37). These times were dubbed the “axial period” (qtd. in Basham 37). The axial religions that emerged during this period were profound and lasting....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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What is Passover? - What is Passover. Its History and Traditions Passover is one of the oldest festivals in the world. This festival falls in spring, in the first month of the Hebrew year, called Nisan (March-April), and lasts for eight days, from the fifteenth to the twenty-third. It commemorates the release of the Israelites from Egypt and the fact that God “passed over” their houses when he sought the first-born in that land. According to the Bible, the story of Passover runs as follows. A group of Hebrews known as the sons of Jacob came down from Canaan towards Egypt....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Israel - Israel The Official language for Israel is Hebrew. It is a very old language dating back over 5000 years. The version that is spoken today is different than the kinda of Hebrew written in the Old Testament. The version spoken today is commonly refered to as modern Hebrew. Since Israel is a Jewish state, naturally the main religion is going to be Judaism. There is also a lot of Muslims and Christians, but most of the people are Jewish. Many of the Jewish Holiday are also national holidays, such as Yom Kippur, Purim, and Rosh Hashanah....   [tags: essays research papers] 515 words
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