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"Give an outline of Jewish beliefs about the qualities of God".

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"Give an outline of Jewish beliefs about the qualities of God" In this essay I am going to discuss the Jewish beliefs about Hashem and what Jews think his qualities are. I will be using examples from a famous religious scholar called Maimonides and quotes from the Torah to give evidence for my answers. Jews believe that God is omnipotent, which is to have unlimited power or authority. In the 13 Principles of Maimonides, Jews believe that Point 7 shows Gods unlimited power over humans and the universe. The point explains how Moses experienced the presence of God through a burning bush and how God revealed his purpose for the Israelites to be taken to the Promised Land. This is a clear example of Gods omnipotency. We can also see an example of Gods unlimited power in Genesis 6, with the story of God creating a huge flood to kill every human being, animal, or bird on earth. We also see Gods unlimited power in the 10 commandments as God must be very powerful if he can give such restraining orders and have people follow them. We also see this in the Shema, as again God gives an order a whole race of people follow. ...read more.

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Jews also see Gods personal side in Daniel 6, where he helps a single man, Daniel, escape from the clutches of near death. However, there are examples where Jews can see that God is incapable of having human relationships as he is higher than humans, and is therefore impersonal. This is most obvious in Genesis 6 when God destroyed all living beings on the hearth - humans, animals and birds, obviously not something a God with a personal relationship with all humans would do. These two conflicting ideas are widely discussed in Judaism, however many Jews still believe that God is capable of being personal and impersonal towards human beings. In addition, Jews believe that God is transcendent, which is to be above or superior to the natural universe, and to be supernatural or mystical. There is evidence for this quality in Isaiah 6, when God sent flaming creatures each of which had 6 wings, obviously not the work of a mortal human being. In point 13 of the 13 Principles of Maimonides, there is also an example of God being supernatural as I explains God will resurrect the dead, another power that no human being has, showing Jews that god must be transcendent. ...read more.

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Jews also argue that God is immanent because of his involvement in mans affairs in the writing of the 10 commandments, as he is determining how people live their lives, therefore being involved in the business of humans. As well as the main examples of Jews beliefs about Gods qualities as shown above, there are also other characteristics that Jews believe Hashem have. The first of these is demanding, which is mainly clear to be a characteristic of God in the Shema and in the Ten Commandments, as God makes some very heavy demands on how Jewish people live their lives. In point 5 of the 13 Principles of Maimonides as it states another demand that God makes which is outlined by the phrase "Only God must be worshipped" The second of these qualities is that God is eternal, and this is most clearly stated in principal 4 of the 13 Principles of Maimonides. Based on all the ideas discussed in my essay I believe that the main qualities of God that Jews believe Hashem are, are omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, personal, impersonal, transcendent, holy, creator, monotheistic, immanent and also demanding and eternal. These qualities have been decided by Jews due to passages from the Torah and the Ten Commandments, which led to the writing of the 13 Principles of Maimonides. ...read more.

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