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The Noachide code.

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Harri Kubel Wednesday 2nd June 2004 The Noachide code A) Explain what is meant by the Noachide code. The Noachide code is a covenant between God and all humanity. It is the first of three covenants made by God. The Noachide code consists of seven laws of the children of Noah; these seven laws are considered the basic framework of morality and define Judaism The number of laws is the number of colours in the rainbow and is the number of days it took to create the earth, 7. The Jews believe that everyone can be led to God as long as they follow the Noachide code, even if they aren't Jewish because the Noachide code is for all humanity. The seven laws of the children of Noah are: * Not to deny God. We should never worship any idols because that would be denying God as our only God and God being the only god. * Not to blaspheme/curse God. "And he who utters the name of the lord blasphemously...both the stranger and the resident alien..." ...read more.

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Clearly in Egyptian culture stealing is illegal. * Not to eat a limb off of a live animal. This is continued into Kashrut. We are not allowed to eat flesh with its blood in it because blood is life and if something has blood in it is still alive. We are also not allowed t eat live animals because it is cruel and would make them suffer pain. * To set up courts to ensure obedience to the other six laws. This also allows Noachide communities to make other laws the society needs, as long as they don't go against the other six laws. B) Why might remembering the slavery in Egypt and the Exodus be important for Jews today? Many parts of the Exodus are linked to the Noachide code because they go against at least one of the laws. In Egypt when the Jews were slaves they worshipped Idols this was against the Noachide code as the first law is not to deny God, in worshipping the idols they were denying god as the one and only God and if God hadn't come and taken us out of Egypt then we would be worshipping idols still. ...read more.

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C) " If we obey the Noachide code we don't need to obey the rest of the laws." If we only obey the Noachide code then we would be ignoring all the other laws we have been given, every law is important because God gave all of them to us and so if we ignore them then we are ignoring God. If we don't follow all the laws and just follow the Noachide code then our lives and religion would be very different from the way it is e.g. we wouldn't be eating fully kosher as the Noachide code only has the basics. Some people may say this would be better because it would cost less and be easier to find meat, as kosher food is expensive and hard to find. Some people would agree that the Noachide code is the basics of Judaism and is the foundation of Judaism and Gods laws, is the beginning of Kosher and stresses the importance of family life and life itself but every other law is important too because together they make Judaism. ...read more.

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