The And Ethical Dimensions Of Judaism Essay

1983 Words Mar 12th, 2015 8 Pages
Intro- The study of world religions has continued to become more controversial and interesting throughout time, as the modern world begins to merge with some of society’s eldest, most popular religions. Today’s seminar aims to consider the most important doctrinal and ethical dimensions of Judaism; after which the most controversial ritual, Brit Milah will be investigated and analysed accordingly. Through analysing differing personal and scientific opinions of Brit Milah, today’s presentation will aim to prove Bartholomew Dean’s statement that “alongside the personal dimensions of worship and reverence, rituals can have a more basic social function in expressing and reinforcing the shared values and beliefs of a community” is undeniably correct.
Doctrinal dimensions- According to Ninian Smart the doctrinal dimension is that which establishes the beliefs by which a tradition will operate. While there are a numerous doctrines in Judaism, the three most significant will be discussed including, monotheism, the importance of the Torah and Ketuvim. In essence, the basis of Judaism is the belief in one God (monotheism). This belief is expressed in the first two of the 10 Commandments. The first declares and affirms the truth of His being saying “I am the Lord thy god, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” and the second is comprehended as the negative complement to the first- the disavowal of idolatry. The second Commandment states that “Thou…

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