Judaism, the religion of the Jews, is one of the oldest religions in the world. Judaism in fact, is the oldest of the three major religions that believe in a single God. The other two, Christianity and Islam have been strongly influence by Judaism, which is a big part of western civilization today. In the beginning, Jews were a tribe, a band of nomads, more than likely shepherds that may have died out if they would have remained merely shepherds. Jews were one of many “nations” to be found in the ancient Near East. Jews became more than shepherds. Unlike people before them that were polytheistic, the Jews were bearers of a concept of ethical monotheism that became the basis for a new kind of religion, Judaism. The religion that marked by a new relationship between people and God. The relationship with God and people started almost four thousand years ago with Abraham. Abraham was born in about 1800 B.C. in Mesopotamia, in what is now central Iraq. His father was a maker of idols, which were statues of gods, such as mountain gods, fire gods, or sun gods. The people where Abraham lived worshipped many gods. Abraham questioned the belief of worshipping these gods. He did not think there were many gods, but to go against his people in this way was not normal. Still Abraham decided that only one God made the universe, and that one God should be honored with prayer. Abraham would start to gather small groups around him who believed as he did. One day, Abram had a vision. In the vision God tells Abram to leave his father’s house which is today’s Iraq, and travel to a place that God will show him. God said that if Abram who becomes Abraham obeyed this command, his descendants would become a great nation, and that he will bless thee,... ... middle of paper ... ...red through taking your class how little I knew about my own religion. I learned how the Jews were force to scatter because they did not have a home. I also learned that though the Jews were persecuted over years Judaism survived today because of the shard beliefs, and spirit of God. One of the main lessons I learned was, for years people have been using religion for some type of power, financial gain, land or just control over people by just taking some verses in a text and not interpreting properly. I believe that the Jew had most of the things right in how they believed because they were so discipline, we have watered down religion today trying to make everyone feel a certain way instead of just telling the truth. I believe without the truth we are going to continue to put man over God instead of like the Jew in Judaism put God over everything.