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Judaism

JOHN BOWKER

in The Religious Imagination and the Sense of God

Published in print August 1978 | ISBN: 9780198266464
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266464.003.0002
Judaism

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The revival of Jewish confidence after the Jewish revolt in the year 135 led some to propose, not geographical separation, but assimilation, with Judaism becoming a private religious confession. This chapter examines the essence of Judaism and the important commands of the Torah to the Jewish people. It attempts to understand the sense of God by focusing on the question of how and why those transformations took place when the Israelites transacted the materials available in their environment into a totally novel outcome. The emergence of the prophets of Israel, the introduction of kingship, and the transformation of festivals — examples which one might summarize as ‘prophets, priests, and kings’ — can illustrate the importance of what happened.

Keywords: Jewish; Jewish revolt; Judaism; Torah; sense of God; Israelites; kingship; prophets; priests; kings

Chapter.  36970 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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