The Between God And The People Of Israel

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The covenant is one of the most significant elements of Judaism for contemporary Jewish adherents, as it expresses the ongoing reciprocal relationship between God and the people of Israel. The covenant governs and regulates all aspects of Jewish life, and is recorded as a series of arguments between God and Jewish adherents. Promised the land of Canna, blamelessness and many descendants if he lived in the presence of God, Abraham, the ‘father of the Jewish people’ and first patriarch to enter a covenant with God, is a significant figure in Jewish History. The Abrahamic covenant was further fulfilled and renewed with Moses and the Sinai covenant, another covenant which is “central to the expression of Judaism and the identity of the Jewish people” (Hartney 2011 p.350). The intimate reciprocal relationship between God and Jewish adherents is further enhanced through the characteristics of the Jewish religion; beliefs and adherents, sacred texts, ethics and rituals. These characteristics serve to articulate how the covenant is a significant aspect of the Jewish faith that enhances the notion in Leviticus 26:12 that ‘I will be your God, and you will be my people’ Of the 3 basic beliefs of the monotheistic religion of Judaism, where God is the transcendent immanent creator, the Divinely Inspired, and the Covenant; the Covenant is the most influential as it impacts all other aspects of the Jewish belief system. While these three beliefs are “central to the expression of Judaism
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