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The ancient Mediterranean world as well as some modern primitive societies maintained a strong belief in the reality of a spirit world which continually interacted with the human world Pilch 20 They populated their surroundings with gods and goddesses of various natures in order to come to terms and gain some control over their environment and circumstances Note that these godsgoddesses represented were powers of nature In addition Abraham came from a nomadic culture in such cultures where central government is weak andor ineffective the people have to look after themselves When social equals are unable to help them they seek someone with greater means who they expect to play the role of patron Pilch 79 A patron could be a neighboring king vassal or other person of power by means or wealth who was willing to take the seeker in as part of his extended family offering his help and protection Abraham must have been delighted to discover a patron God who was seeking him Given his cultural background he may have initially accepted God based on his own primitive societys belief in divine communication Through Gods revelations however he came to understand and affirm that God was not as a natural power but rather that God used the powers of nature to achieve a historical purpose to challenge Pharaoh liberate a people from the bondage of slavery and to open a path into the future Anderson 97 Gods revelations through his words and works educated trained and hardened his chosen people to accomplish his plan for the redemption of mankind During this process Israel witnessed how God used things of the world his creation to provide for them God educated them through exposure to things they had not experienced such as the miracles of manna and quail Anderson 78 also see Deuteronomy 82-3 For the first time the cultures surrounding the Hebrews witnessed the God of history who actively intervened in
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