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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. The above reasons therefore explain why Jewish people think God is omnipotent.

        In Judaism, God is also seen as being omniscient, which is to have total knowledge. Jews believe this as at Yom Kippur we can see an obvious example of God being omniscient as he knows every deed a man does in his life which helps God to weigh up their good and bad. Jews also feel Gods total knowledge in Psalm 139, “…when I was growing there in secret you knew I was there”, a quote from a man to God about the time while he was growing inside his mothers belly. Point 10 in the 13 Principles of Maimonides is a much outlined example that God is omniscient. The point itself refers only to his total knowledge, giving Jews the belief that this is what he must be.

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        Jews believe in Gods total omnipresence over the universe, this is to be present everywhere simultaneously. This is evident in Point 3 of the 13 Principles of Maimonides, as it clearly refers to Gods divine presence, called Shekhina. Yom Kippur can also be used as an example of Gods omnipresence as well as his total knowledge, as God would have to be everywhere to see a persons good or bad deeds so that he could weigh them up and judge that person in the book of life.

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