The Nation of Israel Essay

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The Nation of Israel

The nation of Israel has played a critical role in the formation of Western and Eastern ideologies and has had an unmistakably profound impact upon the theological and cultural evolution of mankind. Former U.S. President John Adams, commenting on the historical importance of the Hebrews, once said the following:

"I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations … They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews.
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Within the three great religions it is generally recognized that the Hebrew patriarch Abraham, through his recognition of one God, initiated the primary and pivotal acceptance of the necessity of monotheism. This embrace of the reality of the existence of the one, supreme, and infinite God was called “Kiddush Hashem”, or “sanctifying the name of God” by the Hebrews (Aish). Reflections of the Kiddush Hashem can be found in the three primary prayers of the monotheistic religions: The Islamic Shahada: “la ilaha illa Allah” (there is no God but God)(George 27); The Jewish Shema: Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad… (Hear Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One); The Catholic Nicene Creed: “We believe in one God…” (Catholic Encyclopedia). In the formations of these religions we can see foreshadowed the current strife and often deadlocked political state of Israel. The Christian Bible (and thusly the Jewish Torah, which is contained within its Old Testament) and the Islamic Quran both admonish their readers to respect life and live a life of love and service to others. In fact, in Surah 5:28 of the Quran Muhammad is quoted as saying “You will surely find that the nearest in affection to those who believe are the ones who say, ‘We are Christians’”(George 20). However, despite their undeniable ties, history has left
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