Ancient Judaic Ethics : Literature, Forgiveness And Disgust, Empathy And Lust

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Ancient Judaic Ethics in Literature Forgiveness and disgust, empathy and lust, these are four emotions that overcome people when confronted with different situations. The attitude people take on though may not be without the influence of ancestors before them. Collective attitudes and behaviors of society as a whole have been forming for hundreds of years and that is nothing new. Had there been one little change people could be screaming and jumping with glee at the idea of a murder and crying at a rainbow. Without the impact of those who came before us societies moral compass would be pointing in a different direction. Without the influence of these people life as we know it would be different. Many aspects of modern life such as theater, architecture and government have been influenced by the Greeks and the Romans, who had we taken their approach of polytheistic religion over the monotheistic religion of that of the Hebrews, life would be very different. The Hebrews lived by the Bible whose scripture stated, "And God spoke all these words saying: 'I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me '" (New King James, Exodus 20. 1-2). In other words no one should have multiple gods or any that they put in front of the one and only God who saved the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Thanks in large part to Judaic values society raises an eyebrow to those who worship many gods. The Greek and Roman…

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