By Matt Stefon (Editor)

ISBN-10: 1615305378

ISBN-13: 9781615305377

With a Diaspora that has unfold to just about each continent, the Judaic culture has been a vital part of the background and improvement of societies across the world. because the oldest of the world’s 3 significant monotheistic religions, Judaism has survived centuries of trial and transformation, all whereas constantly holding a substantial following and identification. This finished quantity examines the powerful non secular and cultural history of this wealthy and intricate religion in addition to the lives of previous and current figures whose management and highbrow contributions have formed its improvement.

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Ahaz The History of Judaism: Beginnings to the Second Temple | 19 introduced a new Aramaean-style altar in the Temple of Jerusalem and adopted other foreign customs that are counted against him in the Book of Kings. It was at this time that Isaiah prophesied in Jerusalem. At first (under Uzziah, Ahaz’s prosperous grandfather) his message emphasized the social and religious corruption of Judah, stressing the new prophetic themes of indifference to God (which went hand in hand with a thriving cult) and the fateful importance of social morality.

The period of the United Monarchy The decentralized tribal league could not cope with the constant pressure of external enemies—camel-riding desert marauders who pillaged harvests annually and iron-weaponed Philistines (an Aegean people settling coastal Palestine c. 12th century bce) who controlled key points in the hill country occupied by the Israelites. In the face of such threats, a central authority that could mobilize the forces of the entire league and create a standing army had to be established.

When journeying, the sacred objects were carried and guarded by the Levite tribe or clan, whose rivals, the Aaronites, exercised a monopoly on the priesthood. God, sometimes called “the warrior,” marched with the army. In war, part of the booty was delivered to his ministers. 10 | Judaism: History, Belief, and Practice Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments, also called the Decalogue (Greek: deka logoi [“10 words”]), is a list of religious precepts that, according to various passages in the biblical books of Exodus and Deuteronomy, were divinely revealed to Moses on Mt.

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