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The Jewish Shema’

June 27, 2016

The Jewish Shema’ (Hebrew – Hear) – The watchword of Jewish monotheism derived from the opening word of Deuteronomy 6: 3, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one.’ It consists of three sections: Deut. 6: 4-9 ; 11: 13-21 and Num. 15: 37-41. Together with the Decalogue, it served as the core of Jewish worship at the Temple. And affirming the unity of God, it has served as the Jewish confession of faith (Jesus, Mk. 12: 29) in the face of polytheism and Persian dualism against which Isaiah 45: 7 protested. The benedictions, preceding and following its recitation, praised God as Creator, as giver of the Law and as Redeemer.

For the Judeo-Christian too, here is the centre of the essence of God as One and Three (Triune).

*”I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I am Jehovah, that doeth all these things.” (Isa. 45: 7, American Standard Version, 1901)

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