Essay on Judaism And The Biblical Passage From The Hebrew Bible
Judaism is regarded as the mother of the two Abrahamic traditions that are Christianity and Islam. The traditional belief is centered on an all-powerful God. God is described as neither having a beginning or ending and being eternal in nature. There is the belief that ultimately God foreordains all activities in the universe. However, humans have been given special privileges in decision making. In Judaism there is immense respect for nature, which is evident in the biblical passage from the Hebrew Bible:
“When the Holy One, blessed be He, created the first man, He took him and led him ’round all the trees of the Garden of Eden, and said to him: ‘Behold my works, how fair and lovely they are. All that I have created; I created for your sake. Take heed that you do not corrupt and destroy my universe. For, if you spoil it, there is no one to repair it after you’ ” (Eccl. Rabbah 7.13).9
In the above passage there is in essence a decentralized focus on human utilization of nature for their comfort and convenience. Rather emphasis is placed on humanities appreciation for Gods’ beautiful universe, creations, and all the blessing that lies within. God is seen forewarning humans against transgressing the boundaries of nature. Again we see the emphasis on staying within God’s limitations. More so, humans are directed to acknowledge the priceless and irreplaceable value that nature holds.
The Jewish tradition also regards human as a component of nature. Each individual is…