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  Idolatry in Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Taking these verses together, idolatry in the Hebrew Bible is defined as the worship of idols (or images); the worship of polytheistic gods by use of idols (or images) and even the use of idols in the worship of God, the one deity worshipped by the Israelites.
One of the subjects of interest in regards to idolatry is whether or not the idolators of Biblical times believed that the idols that they worshipped literally were gods and/or spirits, or whether they believed that these idols were only representations of said gods and/or spirits.
In Judaism, it is held that the Ten Commandments prohibit belief in, or worship of, any other deities, gods, or spirits.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/idolatry_in_judaism   (1645 words)

  
 Idolatry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Idolatry is a term used by many religions to describe the worship of a false deity, which is an affront to their understanding of divinity.
According to the Hebrew Bible, idolatry originated in the age of Eber, though some interpret the text to mean in the time of Serug; image worship existed in the time of Jacob, from the account of Rachel taking images along with her on leaving her father's house, which is given in the book of Genesis.
The commandments in the Hebrew Bible against idolatry are rejoinders to the beliefs and practices of the ancient polytheistic religions of the ancient near-east and middle-east.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Idolatry   (3610 words)

  
 Idolatry in Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Judaism holds that idolatry is not limited to the worship of an idol itself, but also worship involving any artistic representations of God.
Judaism holds that any beliefs or practices which significantly interferes with a Jew's relationship with God may, at some point, be termed "idolatry".
Maimonides, however, goes further in defining idolatry than other Jewish thinkers before or since; he states that it is idolatry to hold that God is subject to any affections at all.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Idolatry_in_Judaism   (1325 words)

  
 PROSELYTE - LoveToKnow Article on PROSELYTE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It was originally so used of converts to Judaism, but any one who sets out to convert others to his own opinions is said to proselytize.
In some reformed congregations in America proselytes are admitted without circumcision, and a similar policy is proposed (not yet adopted) by the Jewish Religious Union in London, though the male children of proselytes are to be required to undergo the rite.
Most cases of conversion to Judaism at the present time are for purposes of marriage, and female proselytes are more numerous than male.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /P/PR/PROSELYTE.htm   (824 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Judaism
The other nations, once fallen into idolatry, He had allowed to grovel amid their impure rites; but He had dealt differently with the Israelites whom he wished to be unto Him "a priestly kingdom and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:6).
JUDAISM SINCE A.D. While Christianity thus asserted itself as the new Kingdom of God, the Jewish theocracy, guided by leaders unable "to know the signs of the times", was hastening to its total destruction.
Judaism became a science, a philosophy, and ceased to be a political institution" (Schindler, "Dissolving Views in the History of Judaism").
www.newadvent.org /cathen/08399a.htm   (4689 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Idolatry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Main article Idolatry in Christianity Idolatry, in Christian theology, is the worship of a created object rather than the true God.
Main article Shirk (idolatry) Shirk is the Islamic concept of the sin of idolatry.
Polytheistic and Animistic beliefs that have given rise to the charge of idolatry include: Animism has been used in a number of ways since Edward Tylor used it (in 1871) as a label to define the essence of religion as the belief in spirits (i.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Idolatry   (7419 words)

  
 Idolatry Details, Meaning Idolatry Article and Explanation Guide
Idolatry is a term used by many religions to describe the worship of a false divine entity rather, which is an affront to their understanding of divinity.
The Christian view of idolatry is inherited from Judaism; Islam adopted a similar view.
The question of whether Buddhism, and Chinese folk religion, consists of worshipping a God or veneration of a saint was important to the Catholic church during the Chinese Rites controversy of the early 18th century.
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 Idolatry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Idolatry is a term used by certain monotheistic religions to refer to the worship of physical objectss (idols).
Taking these verses together, idolatry in the Hebrew Bible is defined as the worship of idols (or images); the worship of polytheistic gods by use of idols (or images) and even the use of idols in the worship of the Bible's one monotheistic God.
Judaism's animosity towards these religions was inherited by Christianity, and Islam adopted such views as well.
www.theezine.net /i/idolatry.html   (4173 words)

  
 Idolatry
Both are derived from Judaism; The Puritan Protestant groups adopted a similar view to Islam denouncing all forms of religious objects whether in three dimensinal or two dimensional form.
Puritan/Protestant Christian proselytism also was aimed at Judaism and Islam, but for separate reasons; this group of Christians does not believe that Jews or Islam are idolatrous, but rather gravely mistaken in not accepting Jesus as their God and messiah.
Rather, they maintian that physical idols are simply the representational form of a divine deity — the act of "worship" is not for the object, but for the divinity that the object is believed to represent.
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 VW: Judaism or Christ?
Judaism includes their going to a certain stone wall, and bobbing their heads back and forth, which they call "prayer".
Judaism is the reason for which Israel was dispersed for 2000 years.
Judaism rejects Jesus Christ; even to this day they do not acknowledge that Isaiah 53 has taken place and was fulfilled 2000 years ago; it is a 'banned' chapter to them.
www.a-voice.org /main/judaism.htm   (1431 words)

  
 Judaism --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
It is the complex expression of a religious and ethnic community, a way of life as well as a set of basic beliefs and values, which is discerned in patterns of action, social order, and culture as well as in religious statements and concepts.
Jewish Orthodoxy resolutely refuses to accept the position of Reform Judaism that the Bible and other sacred Jewish writings contain not only eternally valid moral principles but also historically and culturally conditioned adaptations and interpretations of the Law that may be...
Of the three, Judaism is much the oldest, having its roots in the history of Israel, a nation, or people, that traces its origins back at least 3,000...
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9105859   (965 words)

  
 Powell's Books - Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered by Leora Faye Batnitzky
Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered
Drawing on Rosenzweig's view that Judaism's ban on idolatry is the crucial intellectual and spiritual resource available to respond to the social implications of human finitude, Batnitzky interrogates idolatry as a modern possibility.
Her analysis speaks not only to the question of Judaism's relationship to modernity (and vice versa), but also to the generic question of the present's relationship to the past — a subject of great importance to anyone contemplating the modern statuses of religious tradition, reason, science, and historical inquiry.
www.powells.com /cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=91-1400800390-0   (780 words)

  
 Sample Chapter for Batnitzky, L.: Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered.
Rosenzweig's view of idolatry is a distinctly modern one in that it also offers a criticism of "religion." Rosenzweig's effort to think about idolatry as a modern possibility takes the form of a Jewish critique of modernity and some of its views of religion, ethics, national identity, art, and language.
Tillich's notion of idolatry is not confined to the epistemological realm, as is Wittgenstein's.
Rosenzweig's distinctly modern understanding of idolatry and its relation to "religion" is thus a distinctly modern criticism of the confluence between modern political and theological fanaticism.
www.pupress.princeton.edu /chapters/i6834.html   (4206 words)

  
 Judaism and Disability: Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
But it is the mind-body relation as the model for relation between the god of the sun and the sun that is apparently closest to the view of the sun worshiper himself" (143-44).
Judaism characterizes idolatry as foolish and unsophisticated, a childish worship of what one sees rather than a recognition of the single essence at the heart of all creation that is true faith.
The universe was purposeless and the deities could offer their votaries no guarantee that life had meaning and direction, no assurance that the end of human strivings was anything but vanity.
gupress.gallaudet.edu /abramsintro5.html   (574 words)

  
 :: Douglas Rushkoff - Weblog ::
I've already heard what DR has to say about Judaism and it sounds absolutely ridiculous to me. It is ridiculous because the man speaking has no knowledge whatsoever about Judaism as it has existed before and as it exists now (and probably does not even know Hebrew and does not lament this fact).
There were other sects in the history of Judaism who tried to "improve" it, yet as soon as they discarded the commandments and turned into cosmopolitans their way out of Judaism was assured.
However, the idea that Judaism is supposed to do anything for mankind cannot be accepted at all, because a religion that serves a man and not G-d is idolatry.
www.rushkoff.com /2003/10/we-are-responsible-for-way-things-are.php   (3574 words)

  
 Protest of Judaism.com's Sale of Red Bendels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
That is not what Judaism is. All I ask is that you look through the sources (the Tosefta, that Rambam, etc,) and really think about these ideas.
Such a practice goes against one of the thirteen essential principles in Judaism; namely, that God is the only existence that one may pray to.
I assume you are unaware that these red strings constitute the very antithesis of Judaism and all that we stand for.
www.mesora.org /judaism-com.html   (3776 words)

  
 The Continuing Christian Need for Judaism
If Judaism were to cease to be, if Christianity were to lose that peculiar Jewish witness and these insights were to lose their power or have their distinctiveness blunted, then Christianity would be poorer, more open to distortion.
I as a Christian need Judaism to be Judaism lest the ultimate truth of God be compromised or even lost in the shallowness of a rootless Christianity.
Three major themes are rooted in Judaism without which Christianity, especially at this moment in the life of the church, would be adversely, perhaps fatally, affected: the Jewish sense of history as God’s arena, the Jewish passion against idolatry, and the Jewish background which illumines the New Testament.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=1256   (3102 words)

  
 historical meaning of being "born again" as contrasted with what christianity teaches: what are we to believe?
Finally, out of fear it would be forgotten due to all the persecution of Judaism and the deaths of its leaders at the hands of Gentiles, the sages permitted it to be committed to writing.
It was the belief of the early church that Yeshua was the Messiah and because of this belief and his death and expected return that James and the Jerusalem church repented of their bigotry toward the non-Jew and no longer could enforce circumcision upon the non-Jew as had been done previously.
But since Yeshua's death lead to a movement within Judaism that repented of their stance toward non-Jews and no longer required circumcision of the non-Jew then to not take advantage of this nullifies the benefit of Yeshua's death and the movement that it produced.
returntofaithofjesus.netfirms.com /historical_meaning_born_again_1.htm   (4206 words)

  
 TheTrueLight.Net - Various Articles and FAQ
Even though more mature teachers of Far Eastern doctrine admit idolatry is an inferior approach based on myths and false assumptions, yet they infer that it is an elementary step in the right direction.
The stories of the activities of the Hindu gods may be fictitious, but on the level of the common people, they illustrate valuable spiritual truths.
Such prohibition of idolatry makes many customs and traditions in Far Eastern religious groups unacceptable to a Christian who embraces the biblical worldview.
www.thetruelight.net /booksections/articles/bookarticle06.htm   (1182 words)

  
 The Early Outreach of Jesus Christ - quarter 1, lesson 7
The picture of the first century's church "ideal fellowship" is (a) an inaccurate understanding of situations in many first century congregations and (b) likely created by the early practices of the Jewish congregation in Jerusalem.
Judaism stood in contrast to idolatry for many reasons.
From the time they worshipped the golden calf in the wilderness (Exodus 32) to the time of their Babylonian captivity (Jeremiah 10:1-11), idol worship was a common practice in Israel.
www.westarkchurchofchrist.org /chadwell/teaching/y2001q1l7.htm   (1839 words)

  
 The Early Outreach of Jesus Christ - quarter 1, lesson 7
While idolatry was a common problem in the Israel of the Old Testament, it was not a problem in first century Israel.
Just as idolatry was condemned and rejected in Judaism, idolatry was condemned and rejected in Christianity (Romans 1:18-23).
It was equally difficult for Christians who had been devoted to Judaism to understand that God could forgive and accept people who knew nothing about Jewish practices, traditions, and history.
www.westarkchurchofchrist.org /chadwell/y2001q1l7.htm   (813 words)

  
 FORWARD : Arts & Letters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
For the past two millennia, Jews have powerfully resisted — often with their very lives — the Christian notion that the messiah arrived, was betrayed by refusals to accept him and then perished physically, only in order to undergo apotheosis, or rebirth as part of the Godhead.
In a religion that is otherwise relatively unconcerned with doctrinal heresy, the idea of Christ as messiah reborn and God incarnate defined idolatry for Judaism in the post-pagan world.
Moreover, the Jewish rejection of the concept of a messiah who dies without having fulfilled the biblical prophecies of redemption but is reincarnated to save those who accept him into their hearts lies at the center of the historic Jewish-Christian theological dispute.
www.forward.com /issues/2001/01.10.19/arts3.html   (1619 words)

  
 The New Paganism and the Culture of Death
Ladies and gentlemen, the essence of paganism is idolatry — the self-aggrandizing worship of false gods in place of the God of love who is Creator of the universe and Lord of Life.
It is idolatry that Judaism and Christianity, in their very essence, oppose.
Let no one imagine that the temptation to idolatry and paganism is a matter of the distant past when primitive peoples offered sacrifice to the sun or prayed to stone outcroppings and golden calves.
www.catholiceducation.org /articles/religion/re0443.html   (2093 words)

  
 The American Council For Judaism - Article Search   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Judaism may be one of Israel’s most important casualties."
The "valorization of what is real as opposed to what could and should be," Lerner writes, "is the essence of what Judaism calls idolatry.
Judaism’s central claim is that the Spiritual and the political must go hand in hand, and that a central spiritual goal is to heal and transform the world.
www.acjna.org /article_view.asp?article_id=162   (363 words)

  
 Idolatry Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
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 Elijah The Prophet
He promoted idolatry and even boasted to have succeeded in installing an idol on every hilltop in his country.
Achav’s campaign against Judaism was so successful that there were only seven-thousand Jews in his kingdom who did not worship idolatry.
While steeped in idolatry, the people of Achav’s generation were victorious on the battlefield.
www.jewishamerica.com /ja/timeline/elijah.cfm   (1066 words)

  
 Judaism :: Fear of idolatry sparks wig ban in Israel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Judaism :: Fear of idolatry sparks wig ban in Israel
Fear of idolatry sparks wig ban in Israel
The edict, issued by the spiritual leader of an ultraorthodox sect, said some hair in wigs sold in Israel may have come from women who took part in Hindu haircutting ceremonies, which was tantamount to idol worship.
www.religionnewsblog.com /7262-.html   (346 words)

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