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The Start of Judaism

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Larisa Merrell World History/World Lit. Kindler/Robinson Due Sept. 16, 2002 The Start of Judaism Modern day Jews trace their religious history through the ancient Hebrews to Abram. Abram was chosen by The Lord to establish Judaism and the Hebrew Culture. God prophesized many events in the Hebrew culture to Abram, here is an example; Abram's descendents, the Hebrews, would be enslaved for hundreds of years, but God planned to punish the country that imprisoned them and set them free. Abram was tested by God and made many covenants with God, such as the Covenant of Circumcision. For many years Judaism was the main religion, and it all started with Abram. Abram believed the proposal that The Lord created all living things and every afterlife spirits. He understood the ethics and morals of the religion, and that God let everyone make their own decision's and not judge them, but he would hold them responsible for the decision they made. ...read more.


You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure (The Student Bible 35). On that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram stating that his descendants would get the land from the Nile River to the Euphrates River, becoming the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites. Abram was 99 years old when God came to him for yet another promise, the covenant of circumcision. The Lord declared that Abram's new name was Abraham for The Lord had made him the father of many nations. Yahweh continued by pronouncing that he was to make nations of Abraham and kings are to come from him. He wanted to make an everlasting promise between Abraham and his descendants for generations to come, and he gave the land of Canaan to him as an everlasting possession for him and his descendants, and he said he was to be their God as well. ...read more.


Abraham sacrificed the lamb, like the angel instructed. The angel appeared again and spoke for The Lord, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me (New International Version, The Student Bible 41). Through Abraham, God said and set some examples for any other believers to follow. Yahweh chose Abraham, or Abram, because of his undying faith. Abram was not morally perfect, he had lied to the Pharoh of Egypt before to save his life. The Lord used Abraham to bless every person in every nation by testing his eternal faith with his only son that God gave to him. He did not blame Yahweh he just did as he said, and from that The Lord said he would bless any soul that believed in him, as he blessed Abraham. ...read more.

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