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The paper discusses how, although the concept of the Holy Trinity as Father, Son and Holy Spirit may take on a specific meaning from the New Testament, it clearly has precursors within several Ancient traditions from Gilgamesh through Plato and Egypt, into the Old Testament. It examines the Judaic concept of monotheism and the concept of trinity within the Torah.
From the Paper:"Thus, in order to fully understand the Judaic concept of monotheism, one must first understand the structure of the basic Judaic system. God is linked with Israel through the Torah, which is divine self-disclosure through speech. This relationship is stabilized through Israel's loyalty to the one God. Consequently, along another line of thought, The obedience of Israel through the Torah's commandments (Mitzvot) brings reality to its perfection, with the coming of the Messiah. Though speculative, it would seem that the intersection of these two linear concepts has allowed Jews to continue to practice their religion with general consistency, although cultural factors have at times forced them to make adaptations to their practice (Coffey, 1999; Schoen, 2004). The monotheism of Christianity is engulfed in a concept known as a trinity. This trinity consists of a new revelation known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christianity is a religion that thrives on paradox, because it believes in the existence of an all-powerful God (similar to Judaism), but a God that reveals himself in three distinctly different forms. Yet even though this God can manifest himself in these different forms, he still remains the same God. "
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Cite this Research Paper:
The Doctrine of the Trinity (2012, May 28) Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/the-doctrine-of-the-trinity-151170/
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