The Torah And The Old Testament Essay

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The Torah, or the Old Testament, is a collection of stories of the Hebrew people. It was a part of their oral tradition for generations, until, per tradition, it was written down by Moses in the 14th Century BCE. The Torah is essentially the foundation of Judaism; it is not just the story of the Hebrews, it is the story of their relationship with God, the divine, ultimate, all-knowing creator of the Universe. To the Hebrews, and by extension the Jews, the Torah is not just their most important cultural keystone, but, indeed, a way of life. It is the closest one can get to the supposed word of God himself. The Torah is split up into five sections. The first and most famous section, Genesis, details the creation of the Earth and all its living creatures, including man, and the cleansing of the Earth by God with the flood of Noah. Exodus tells of the plight of the Hebrews under Egyptian enslavement, of how Moses saved them, and, eventually, brings them to the Promised Land. The rest of the books, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, tell of the happenings to the chosen people in the Promised Land. In Genesis, after the Great Flood, the new civilization that has descended from Noah speaks only one language, which grants them unity. They build a tower, the Tower of Babel, in which they hope to reach the level of God himself, literally and metaphorically.
And the LORD said: ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do; and now…

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