"Exodus": The True Nature of God
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This paper examines the nature of God as described in the "Book of Exodus", one of the five books of the "Torah", the Jewish holy book. The book contrasts the Hebrew conception of God with that of the Christians and describes God's actions in the Kabbalah. This paper also discusses the ten aspects of God as defined in the Kabbalah and provides the Jewish perspective on God and the "Book of Exodus".
From the Paper:"In the dictionary, exodus is defined as, "A going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people." This word also represents, to those of the Jewish faith, a literal and physical emigration from the life they had known before. First, they had been introduced to their God--they knew his character and could sense his presence. He intervenes in their lives for the first time, bringing the plagues to Egypt. He destroys all of the firstborn Egyptian children in the Passover because they did not know him. God gives messages to the Jews and gives them a set of standards to live by in the form of Commandments. He gives them Divine Law (Exod. 20:12), and tells them that they are his chosen people. He gives them a definitive set of rules and promises that there will be divine intervention for those who break them: "But the LORD said to Moses, 'Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book'"(Exod.32:33). The Exodus is therefore not only the removal of the Jews from Egypt but a removal of God's chosen people from ignorance. They now know YHWH; they can ascribe a name to their God. By understanding one of God's names, they could begin to understand the very nature of divine mystery, which was not just YHWH, but adonai: literally, My Lords."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Ariel, David. Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.
- Glisson, Shawn D. "Exodus 6:3 in Pentateuchal Criticism", Restoration Quarterly, 28.3, 1985, pp.135-43.
- Rigler, Sara Yehoved. "Exodus: What's the Big Deal?", Passthought, 2005.
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