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JUDAISM - SACRED STORIES The Jewish people have always used stories in order to convey principles they wanted to impart The Jews have retained a number of stories concerning the beginnings of the world and of humanity Some of these stories have been borrowed and adapted from other peoples in the Near East and given a distinctive Jewish colouring In two separate stories the Jewish people described Creation The first told of a vast abyss of chaotic waters into which Yahweh Jewish name for God had brought order he had fashioned a light-filled earth on which human beings could live The he adorned the earth with vegetation animals and finally the pinnacle of all creation - the human person The first human was both male and female The second story was of a different type It began not with watery chaos but with a desert barren and trackless Creation took place when Yahweh introduced water to the desert so making clay The Yahweh fashioned a human being Adam from the clay The lone human being was set up to review all the animals that God has also fashioned from the earth but in none of them did he find a soul mate So God caused a sleep to come over Adam and a rib was removed from him and was fashioned into a woman This story is a beautiful image of what human beings should be - perfect and fulfilled The Jews however knew that people were not like that so they handed on a series of other myths which explained why life was not so perfect as the creation stories would maintain The first of these sin stories was of Adam and Eve in the Garden They had been forbidden to eat the fruit of one of the trees but a serpent - typically an image of evil for the Jews - tempted Eve to eat it she did so and she
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